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Hub Inspiration
Research Grants

Hub Inspiration

For the past 30 years, the standards-based reform (SBR) movement has informed education policy in the United States. Research suggests SBR positively influences student attendance, teacher and administrator responsiveness, and student learning. SBR highlighted racial achievement gaps and began addressing them through federal policy, beginning with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. But the hyper focus on assessments and accountability had negative and unintended consequences on schools and districts, particularly those primarily serving students who are Black, Latinx, and/or experiencing poverty. Additionally, the impact of COVID-19 presents an opportunity to update our nation’s testing and accountability systems.


The K12 Research for Equity Hub is a multi-year initiative that will generate new evidence to advance the national policy dialogue on K12 education accountability and assessment. The hub research will help explore the strengths, limitations, and policy implications of reimagining K12 education assessment and accountability systems that improve student learning experiences, and close student achievement and opportunity gaps.

Research Awards

In fall 2022, the hub disseminated four research awards to teams examining alternative K12 education accountability models and/or innovative assessment approaches. Another cycle of research awards will be available in spring 2023. Important deadlines will be shared here as more information becomes available. 


Funding for The Hub is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. Hub research will be conducted in collaboration with EduDream as the Hub's coordinator and selected research teams. No personnel from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, nor the Walton Family Foundation will participate in the creation of hub research. The findings and conclusions contained within hub research deliverables will be those of the authors and will not necessarily reflect the positions and/or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the Walton Family Foundation.

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Hub Advisory Group

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Diallo Brooks

Schott Foundation

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Gloria Corral

Parent Institute for Quality Education

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Lindsay Fryer

Lodestone DC

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Michelle Odemwingie

Achievement Network

Jill Zimmerman Pinsky

Watershed Advisors

Advisory Group
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