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If you want a summary of the new study on Teach For America (TFA) and TNTP’s Teaching Fellows program, see Stephen Sawchuk for the short-ish version or Dylan Matthews for the longer version (with charts!). If you want some additional background and context, read Andy Rotherham. I’m not going to cover the study in too much detail except to point out a few things that are getting lost:NeithContinue Reading »
Let’s say you are running a school district. Would you raise teacher compensation (salaries and retirement benefits) by 5-8 percent for all of those who stay less than 20 years in exchange for lowering compensation by up to 3.4 percent for 38-year veterans?
This is essentially the question posed in a new Manhattan Institute report by Josh McGee and Marcus Winters. McGee and Winters look Continue Reading »
Way back in March of 2010, President Obama released his blueprint for reauthorizing the education law that’s commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In it, he called for changing the way schools are identified for improvement from the criteria-referenced system that NCLB uses, where states set an objective “proficiency” benchmark and hold accountable all schools that fail to meet it, to Continue Reading »
A couple weeks ago, we wrote about the budget implications for states participating in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of the two federally funded consortia creating assessments aligned to the Common Core. That post received some positive feedback, so we decided to do a similar analysis of the budgetary costs (or savings) for states participatingContinue Reading »
While completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) vary tremendously by school, they vary by state as well. Using newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education, we created the map below to show state-level FAFSA completion rates.
Nationwide, 55 percent of high school graduates completed their FAFSA in 2012.* Twenty-four states had statewide compleContinue Reading »
For all the news and speculation you hear about which state is in the Common Core and which state is out, so far it’s mostly just smoke. Education Week has a nifty state legislation tracker on Common Core, and what it shows is a lot of failed attempts.
When Georgia announced its decision to drop out of one of two federally funded assessment consortia aligned with the Common Core, it sparContinue Reading »
Tuesday was a bad news day for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two federally funded consortia creating new assessments aligned to the Common Core. Not only did Georgia publicly drop out of the consortium to go it alone, PARCC released cost estimates for its assessments that would require half of its member states to increase the amount they spContinue Reading »
More District of Columbia high school seniors completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year. Citywide, 67.5 percent of 3,097 public and public charter high school seniors completed the FAFSA this year, up from 65.5 percent last year.* That’s a positive sign, especially since researchers have found that, even after controlling for student and family demographics, studeContinue Reading »
Emmy-winning actor James Gandolfini died last night at the premature age of 51. There’s one last lesson he can teach us. Before he became famous for his role as tortured mob boss Tony Soprano, Gandolfini was just an out-of-work actor struggling to make a living as a bartender in New York City. Only a few years past earning his bachelor’s degree in communications from Rutgers University, he madeContinue Reading »
Sigh. It’s now considered “federal overreach” to insist that states set performance goals for their students and schools. If you thought we settled this argument back in 1994, you would be wrong. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the ranking Republican on the Senate HELP Committee, backed out of bipartisan talks with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, because Harkin insisted on the goal that students make sContinue Reading »