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Welcome to the Maryland Equity Project.The Maryland Equity Project seeks to improve education through research that supports an informed public policy debate on the quality and distribution of educational opportunities in Maryland.

New Expert Brief

School-Community Partnerships: A Typology for Guiding Systemic Educational Reform (2.20.14)

One of the most current, and compelling, school reform strategies centers on school-community partnerships. As Professor Linda Valli and her colleagues point out, a close look at these partnerships indicates a variety of models, strategies, and purposes for these partnerships. In this brief, the authors develop a typology of school-community partnerships that educators, policymakers, and advocates can use to guide systemic reform efforts.

New Policy Brief

Can Maryland Benefit from Universal Preschool? A Review of the Research on the Efficacy of Early Education (2.12.14)

Access to universal preschool has garnered the attention of politicians and policymakers in Maryland and across the nation as a means to capitalize on learning that takes place in the early years. This attention has generated debate about the benefits of early education, in part because expanding access to preschool requires significant funding, but also because the research on early education can appear contradictory.

Data Brief

High School Graduation Rates in Maryland (1.22.14)

High school graduation rates are one of the most important measures of the overall effectiveness of our school system. In this data brief we place the graduation rate of Maryland in a national context and show how Maryland is performing relative to its neighboring states. We also explore graduation rates at the district level and describe how school districts in Maryland are performing relative to how we would expect given the characteristics of the students enrolled in each district.


The College Application Gauntlet: The Obstacles Presented by the Steps to College Enrollment (11.12.13) by Daniel Klasik

Enrolling in college is harder than it might seem. While scholars have identified many factors associated with the development of college aspiration and final enrollment decisions, we know relatively little about the steps a student must take between aspiration and enrollment. In this policy brief, Dr. Klasik discusses the way these steps collectively present a complex labyrinth that students must navigate. He examines the rates at which students complete these steps and how various academic and social factors explain differential completion rates. He concludes with how policymakers can target some of these steps to smooth the path to college and how these actions affect students’ college choices.

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