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Early learning has few detractors, but publicly supported prekindergarten has many. Among those concerned are early care and education providers themselves. Private-for-profit and nonprofit centers, faith-based programs, family child care homes, and Head Start fear losing their four-year-olds to “free” prekindergarten programs in public schools.
That’s why many states let private provideContinue Reading »
A recent ACT report, The Condition of STEM 2013, offers new perspectives on the achievement gap between White and Asian students and their African-American, Hispanic, and Native American peers.
The report looks at ACT test results for the 2013 graduating class, in particular at students who said they were interested in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) and the relatContinue Reading »
Career and technical education (CTE) programs are doing something right – just look at the data. The graduation rate for CTE students is more than 90 percent, nearly 15 percentage points higher than the rate for students overall.
CTE classes tend to focus on real-world, project-based learning and skill-based instruction that help prepare students for jobs. These kinds of learning experieContinue Reading »
Career and technical education teachers (labeled Vocational/Technical in the charts below) make up about 11 percent of all public high school teachers across the country, according to 2011-2012 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). There are over 125,000 career and technical education teachers. Nearly 42 percent of these teachers are age 5Continue Reading »
One size does not fit all when it comes to Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher evaluation.
CTE teachers instruct in a number of fields (from health sciences and engineering to design and culinary services) and in a wide variety of settings (from typical middle or high school classrooms, to special in-school labs, to full technical high schools). Almost all states require that cContinue Reading »
More than 7 million high school and middle school students in Career and Technical Education programs—and their 140,000 teachers—are celebrating Career Technology Education Month in February.
A recent report by Catherine Jacques and Amy Potemski from AIR’s Center on Great Teachers & Leaders focused on the importance of strong CTE educators.
“CTE teachers are uniquely positioneContinue Reading »
Parents should know that their state may be rating the quality of their preschool or child care provider. Systems to rate the quality of child care and preschool programs (QRIS, or Quality Rating and Improvement Systems) are in place or under development in 49 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. There are two important facts to keep in mind:Preschools and childcare, both in cenContinue Reading »
Remember kindergarten? Remember the sand table where you poured and measured? The dress-up corner where you pretended to be a “community helper?” The science center where you explored with magnets and sorted pine cones? These kindergarten staples are disappearing. Art and music are fading too.
In many ways, kindergarten is becoming the new first grade.
According to an AIR analysiContinue Reading »
Editor’s Note: Recently, six well-known AIR thought leaders including George Bohrnstedt, Beatrice Birman, David Osher, Jennifer O’Day, Terry Salinger, and Jane Hannaway posted blogs on the AIR website about A Nation at Risk. Gary Phillips, AIR Vice President and AIR Institute Fellow, joins these thinkers with his blog, “Why Local Educators Haven’t Heeded the Warnings in A Nation at Risk,”Continue Reading »
It’s that time again. The eagerly awaited 2014 U.S. News & World Report college and university rankings are out. Though the methodology behind the rankings was changed this year to reflect a greater emphasis on output measures such as graduation rates—weighted at 30 percent—the schools in the top slots look about the same. Likewise, the world university rankings for 2014 show only a bit ofContinue Reading »