Research Topic

K-12 Education

CCFP researchers examine how education policies and programs, learning environments, and other factors impact student and school success. Our teams partner with school districts, schools and teachers to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative strategies to support student success. Through the North Carolina Education Research Data Center, CCFP provides researchers and the broader policy community with ready access to the data that they need for policy-oriented research.

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Policy Brief

Measuring Educational Opportunity in North Carolina Public School Districts

This research brief examines two measures of educational opportunity in North Carolina public school districts, average achievement and achievement growth. The first measure— average achievement—indexes the average level of student achievement at a single point in time. The second measure—achievement growth—indexes the rate of growth in student achievement over time.

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Policy Brief

The Benefits of Early Childhood Education Can Persist in the Long Run

This brief examines how the benefits of high-quality ECE might simultaneously diminish and persist in the long run. Strategies are then discussed to sustain the impacts of ECE during elementary school.

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Policy Brief

Equity and Access in Gifted Education: An Examination within North Carolina

The disproportionality between the representation of white students and students of color in gifted education programs is both persistent and pervasive. Attempts over the years to remedy the issue have done little to narrow this disparity.

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Policy Brief

Social and Emotional Learning During COVID-19 and Beyond: Why It Matters and How to Support It

Social and emotional development was in peril prior to the pandemic. After this time apart, it will take systematic, intentional, and intensive efforts to get social and emotional learning back on track.

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Whitney McCoy

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Leslie Babinski

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Sarah Komisarow

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Katie Rosanbalm

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Kenneth Dodge

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Clara Muschkin

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Helen Ladd

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Philip Cook

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BELLA Online: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together With Children and Families

Project goal is to design, develop, and test an online professional development program called Bridging English Language Learning and Academics (BELLA) for improving teacher and student outcomes for working with English Learners (ELs).

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Study of Out-of-School Time Coordinating Entities Response to Covid-19

This study examines the essential nature of coordinating entities during a crisis by comparing the experiences of out-of-school time (OST) stakeholders in cities with coordinating entities to OST stakeholders in cities that may have elements of an OST system (e.g., common data system) but not a coordinating entity.

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Factors in Persistence Versus Fadeout of Early Childhood Intervention Impacts

This project seeks to understand whether, for whom, and how the effects of successful early childhood school readiness interventions are sustained across a child’s development.

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N.C. Resilience and Learning

The North Carolina Resilience and Learning Project is a partnership with the Public School Forum of North Carolina to promote and support trauma-informed schools across the state. The project team works closely with districts and schools to provide professional learning and ongoing coaching to meet school-specific needs and goals. Our work aims to create systems-level change by shifting the culture and mindset of an entire school so that staff begin to see a child’s behavior in the context of their life experiences, in consideration of possible trauma history or stress response system triggers.

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August 19, 2022
Policy Briefs

Measuring Educational Opportunity in North Carolina Public School Districts

This research brief examines two measures of educational opportunity in North Carolina public school districts, average achievement and achievement growth. The first measure— average achievement—indexes the average level of student achievement at a single point in time. The second measure—achievement growth—indexes the rate of growth in student achievement over time.

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January 15, 2022
Working Papers

Effects of Daily School and Care Disruptions During the Covid-19 Pandemic on Child Mental Health

The pandemic profoundly affected American children with disruptions to their schooling and daily care. A new study found that service sector workers who had a young child reported disruption on 24 percent of days in fall 2020. The disruptions were more common in remote learning and had a negative impact on children’s behavior and on parenting mood and behavior.

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October 26, 2021
Policy Briefs

The Benefits of Early Childhood Education Can Persist in the Long Run

This brief examines how the benefits of high-quality ECE might simultaneously diminish and persist in the long run. Strategies are then discussed to sustain the impacts of ECE during elementary school.

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September 1, 2021
Journal Articles

Light-touch design enhancements can boost parent engagement in math activities

Early proficiency in math skills is increasingly being seen as an independent area worthy of early curriculum development and policy investment to reduce socioeconomic disparities in children’s school readiness.

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