Is Policy a Lever for Change When it Comes to Parents Knowing the Truth?

Parents deserve a clear and accurate picture of their child’s learning. While this sounds like common sense, it sadly is not the current reality. Learning Heroes, a non-profit organization that works to give parents an accurate picture of their children’s academic and developmental performance, has consistently found for the past five years that about 90% […]

The True Cost of a College Degree

As we near the close of another decade, 2019 will be remembered as the year when two separate college admissions scandals broke open. Sadly, the scandals remind us how far we still are from making a college education equitable and affordable for all students. Operation Varsity Blues brought down numerous people of wealth and privilege and […]

Equity Suffers in the College Admissions Game

By Linda Baglia and Jeff Stanley Last month, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced for her involvement in the wide-reaching college admissions scandal, known as “Operation Varsity Blues.” This national scandal brought down several other high-profile names, wealthy parents and top coaches at elite institutions such as Georgetown, Stanford, Yale and the University of Southern California. […]

Employee Spotlight: A Q&A With HCM Senior Associate Cristen Moore

Cristen Moore is a talented policy professional committed to opening the doors of higher education for all of America’s students. At HCM, she is a senior associate supporting the firm’s postsecondary education work on behalf of clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation’s Strategy Labs. Why did you join HCM? […]

Why Relationships Matter When Addressing Racial Equity

The previous blog in this series, “Reflecting on Racial Equity,” explains that without  true, open and honest dialogue about race, it will be impossible to ever bring about a state of racial equity in which educational attainment gaps are closed,  state attainment goals are met and poverty and other social ills are eradicated in underserved communities. […]

Reflecting on Racial Equity

Traveling across the country in support of states and organizations as they work to address racial equity, I often find myself reflecting on why it is such a difficult undertaking. Notably, the challenge I often face is helping people get to an agreed-upon definition of racial equity itself. Case in point – the Southern Rural […]

The Next Battle in LGBTQI Equality: Our Health Data

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, I look ahead to the next battle in LGBTQI equality: our health data. June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, was in many ways, LGBTQI Independence Day.  A little more than a decade later, our D-Day came and we all landed on […]

Promising Policy: Driving Better Outcomes and Equity in Education

A New Series from HCM Strategists HCM Strategists recently embarked on our second decade of work to help clients define and advance effective education and health care policies that serve the people who stand to benefit the most. We founded our firm on the belief that everyone deserves access to high-quality education and health care […]

Employee Spotlight: A Q&A With HCM K-12 Team Director Erica Gray

Erica Gray leads the public opinion research and content creation for HCM Strategists’ K-12 portfolio. She has spent the last four years deeply engaged in comprehensive research with multiple clients, including Learning Heroes, the Collaborative for Student Success and SAS, to understand mindsets related to expectations for schools, accountability, assessments and student achievement. Why did […]

Translating Data: Using Student Performance Data to Inform Policy and Improve Outcomes

Over the past two decades, states have built data systems to capture and store vital information that can be used to measure student performance. Most states have K-12 and postsecondary data repositories that hold statewide longitudinal data on enrollment, demographics, assessments, retention and completion. Increasingly, states have invested in comprehensive online data dashboards in an […]

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