Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey directs the education policy program at New America.


No Complaint Left Behind

Of the roughly 170 public elementary schools in Maryland where more than 70 percent of students live in poverty, only three had better test scores last year than Tyler Heights Elementary. A K-5 school built near the low-income housing projects of Annapolis, Tyler more than doubled its pass rates on state reading and math tests… Read more »

A Note on Methodology

ur methodology was designed to identify community colleges that excel in using teaching methods that researchers have linked to increased student achievement. We also wanted to identify colleges that are successful in helping students earn degrees. To that end, we relied on two sources: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), and graduation rate… Read more »

Measuring What Matters

onprofit colleges and universities are represented in Washington by an alphabet soup of organized associations, the most important of which comprise the Big Six. The largest and most powerful is the American Council on Education. The other members are the Association of American Universities, an exclusive group of top research institutions that allows new members… Read more »

Built to Teach

n most ways, Hayley Bates is a typical American college student. She goes to a public school in the suburbs of Seattle, working part-time in a movie theater to pay tuition. Her ambitions are strong but still unfocusedshe thinks she wants to run an organization helping students with disabilities someday, but shes not sure how… Read more »

America’s Best Community Colleges

In the higher education family, community colleges are typically regarded as the poor cousins. Big college guides like U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review devote few, if any, of their glossy pages to community colleges, while reporters and pundits for elite publications have little to say about them as well. Part of… Read more »