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Citizenship Question and the 2020 Census

2020censusControversy surrounding the 2020 Census continues to dominate the news.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) weighed in on this important matter in August 2018 stating that adding a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census is inconsistent with the "proper performance of the functions" of the Census Bureau.

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Public Workshop
Consideration of Generational Issues in Workforce Management and Employment Practices

May 29, 2019
(9:00 am - 5:00 m EDT)

National Academies' Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Room 206
Washington, DC

Generational IssuesThis workshop will explore recent and predicted societal and demographic trends in the U.S. with implications for the workplace.  It will examine how employers, with special attention to the military, have responded to these trends and to any evidence of generational differences in the workplace.

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Public Workshop
Challenges and New Approaches for Protecting Privacy in Federal Statistical Programs

June 6-7, 2019
NAS Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Keck CenterThis workshop will discuss new approaches to protecting data confidentiality, with a particular focus on methods that offer formal guarantees of privacy protection, like differential privacy. Discussions will cover the policy and implementation issues from both provider and user perspectives, including the promises and limitations of using formal privacy methods.

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Recent Publications
Monitoring Educational Equity ImageThis consensus study report from the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Committee on National Statistics calls for a centralized, consistently reported system of indicators of educational equity to shed light on disparities in the U.S. education system.

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The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth

Adolescent Development coverThis consensus study report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides recommendations for addressing inequities that undermine the well-being of many adolescents.

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A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Research Agenda for Advancing Intelligence Analysis

SBS Decadal coverLReleased in March 2019, this Consensus Study Report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences recommends that the intelligence community (IC) make sustained collaboration with researchers in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) a key priority as it develops research objectives for the coming decade.

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A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

Child PovertyLThis consensus study report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, especially if it occurs in early childhood or persists through a large part of childhood. It also identifies packages of policies and programs that could reduce child poverty by half within 10 years, at a cost far lower than costs the United States currently bears.

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Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center

Science InvestigationsLReleased in November 2018, this report from the Board on Science Education and the National Academy of Engineering describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize a new vision of teaching and learning in the classroom.

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English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

EL-in-STEM coverLThis consensus study report from the Board on Science Education and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families calls for a shift in how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects are taught to students in grades preK-12 who are learning English. The report recommends strategies for instruction in the classroom, requisite tools educators need, and ways for building capacity in schools and districts so that English learners have opportunities to develop proficiency in both STEM subjects and language.

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