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Related Research

ETS has published dozens of policy reports related to growing inequality of opportunity in the United States, factors that contribute to this inequality and issues that could undermine the fabric of our society. Highlights include:

  • Understanding the Basic Reading Skills of U.S. Adults

    Understanding the Basic Reading Skills of U.S. Adults: Reading Components in the PIAAC Literacy Survey

    John Sabatini, 2015

    This report looks at recent research on the troubling portrait of the literacy skills of U.S. adults and argues that, as a country, we must develop a comprehensive and sustained effort to improve in this area if we are to protect and enhance our communities, our economy and our democracy.

  • Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward
    Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward
    R. Coley & B. Baker, 2013
    This report reviews the relationship between poverty and education and offers information on the measurement of policy and how the government attempts to address it.
  • Fault Lines in Our Democracy
    Fault Lines in Our Democracy: Civic Knowledge, Voting Behavior, and Civic Engagement in the United States
    R. Coley & A. Sum, 2012
    This report examines challenges facing our nation and asserts that solutions need to come from those who are educated, skilled and civically engaged and who believe in our democratic system.
  • Parsing the Achievement Gap 2
    Parsing the Achievement Gap II
    P. E. Barton & R. Coley, 2009
    This report tracks 16 factors related to academic performance, ranging from low birth weight to teacher quality. While some gaps have narrowed, other have widened.
  • Windows on Achievement and Inequality
    Windows on Achievement and Inequality
    P. E. Barton & R. Coley, 2008
    This report provides a panoramic view of educational achievement by examining a variety of data and measures beyond those that are typically reported.
  • The Family: America’s Smallest School
    The Family: America’s Smallest School
    P. E. Barton & R. Coley, 2007
    This report outlines the family and home conditions affecting children’s cognitive development and school achievement and how gaps beginning early persist throughout life.
  • America’s Perfect Storm
    America’s Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation’s Future
    I. Kirsch, H. Braun, K. Yamamoto, & A. Sum, 2007
    This report looks at the convergence of three powerful forces that are changing the nation’s future: substantial disparities in skill levels, seismic economic changes and sweeping demographic shifts.

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