Elementary and Secondary Education Data

CDF publications relevant to elementary and secondary education.

The State of America's Children 2017

Millions of America’s children today suffer from hunger, homelessness and hopelessness. Together, The State of America’s Children® 2017 and corresponding state factsheets provide a comprehensive overview of how America’s children are doing nationally and inform conversations about how we can do better.

December 14, 2017

MaryLee Allen - Public Comments ESSA Title I Regs

CDF has been advocating for more than 40 years for closing the achievement gap for poor children, Black children and other children of color, children with disabilities, and children with other special needs. CDF has expressed our extreme concerns about the diminished federal role in the new act. However, we believe it is critically important to help states now implement meaningful state accountability systems and measures to promote achievement by vulnerable subgroups of children. The Department’s remaining rulemaking and guidance authority is essential to make that happen.

January 11, 2016


State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 17, 2015 reveal that child poverty in 2014 remains at record high levels in the states. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under age six.

October 28, 2015

Child Poverty in America 2014 State Fact Sheet

State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 17, 2015 reveal that child poverty in 2014 remains at record high levels in the states. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under age six.

September 22, 2015

Child Poverty in America 2014 National Fact Sheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 16, 2015 reveal that child poverty declined slightly in 2014, from 21.5 percent in 2013 to 21.1 percent in 2014. While child poverty rates declined for Hispanic, White and Asian children, Black children saw an increase and continue to have the highest child poverty rate. Despite some decreases child poverty among all children remains at shamefully high levels. One in five children – 15.5 million – were poor in 2014, and children remain the poorest age group in the country.

September 17, 2015

Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

January 28, 2015

2014 Children's Sabbath Manual

Welcome to the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths manual. Whether this is your 23rd celebration or your first, we are so grateful that you are a part of this multi-faith effort. You make a difference in the lives of children and in the life of your place of worship — by connecting the two, you can help make incredible, important things happen that will improve the lives of children in your place of worship, community, and across our nation and at the same time bring new inspiration and excitement to your worshipping community.

October 10, 2014

The State of America's Children 2014

The State of America's Children 2014

January 23, 2014

2013 Sabbath Education Guide

2013 Children’s Sabbath Adult Education Program for use in conjunction with the Children’s Defense Fund Report "Protect Children Not Guns" 2013

May 16, 2013

2014 SOAC_education.pdf

For generations of families, education has been the path out of poverty. With a quality education children can acquire the economic, social, cultural and political capital they need to realize their potential and support their future families. Educational opportunities continue to be grossly unequal across the country. The lottery of geography and birth means children in higher income and White and Asian families are more likely to have access to high-quality early education that sets them up for later academic and social success, while children of color and poor children are disproportionally denied the opportunity for a strong start.

January 23, 0014

State of America's Children 2010® Report - Education

CDF's State of America's Children 2010 report is a compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. This section of the report contains data about education.

May 28, 0010

2005 State of America's Children, Chapter 4, Education

"Education: The Path Out of Poverty," Chapter 4 of the 2005 State of America's Children report.

January 1, 0005

Ensure Fair Discipline in IDEA - Oppose HR 1350

CDF'S March 2003 statement to oppose HR 1350 and ensure fair discipline in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Infants and Toddlers Are Particularly Vulnerable: Good Child Care and Early Education Can Play a Vital Role in Their Development

This fact sheet details how high quality caregiving is extremely important to babies and toddlers, how parents struggle to find affordable, quality care, especially for low-income working families.

The Need for Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: Recommendations for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization

The nearly 800,000 children in foster family homes, group homes and child care institutions during the course of a year, many of whom have multiple special needs, often face unique educational challenges. They must confront numerous barriers to their success in school: the trauma of the initial abuse and neglect as well as the removal from their homes, separation from their siblings and often multiple moves from home to home and school to school. This factsheet highlights CDF’s recommendations on how to improve the educational outcomes for children in foster care through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Educational Apartheid in the U.S.: Tracking Policies and Re-Segregation in America's Schools

CDF President Marian Wright Edelman's testimony to the Congressional Black Caucus on educational apartheid in America's schools on Sept. 4, 2004.

Sample State Legislation Needed to Implement the Federal Kinship Guardianship Assistance Option Under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act

This is a sample of state legislation that can be used for implementing the Kinship Guardianship Assistance option of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act. The federal Kinship Guardianship Assistance option is under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.

Best Practices: In-School Suspension

Municipal Governments: Using Data to Develop and Strengthen Early Care and Education Programs

Tonja Rucker's presentation on how municipal governments use data to help in the development and improvement of early care and education programs

Restorative Justice Overview

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