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Working on early childhood education policy these days is exciting and frustrating.
Exciting because research continues to document both the tremendous learning potential in young children and the ways in which quality early learning programs improve short-term learning and long-term life outcomes. Frustrating because current practice and policy fall so far short of what’s needed to suppContinue Reading »
New York City Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn’s championship of a pilot program to offer low-interest child care loans to middle and upper-middle income New Yorkers has drawn some coverage this week—and not all of it is positive.
Admittedly, the idea of borrowing up to $11,000 a year to pay for child care sounds more like the sort of out-of-control consumer borrowing to cover basic lifContinue 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 »
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 »
One of the most important lessons of No Child Left Behind is that raw test scores are not a reasonable proxy for school quality unless they are combined with other measures. Yet the implementation of one of the Obama Administration’s signature initiatives, the School Improvement Grant program (SIG), suggests we have yet to absorb this lesson.
SIG targets those “persistently lowest achievContinue Reading »
The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems is concerned that public sector pensions are the “whipping-boy for state budget ills across the country,” which they tackled by hosting “1,000 trustees, administrators, state and local officials, investment, financial and union officers, pension staff and regulators” at a six-day conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on beautifulContinue Reading »
The big news out of the latest Public Education Finances Report is official confirmation that school districts spent less money per student in 2010-11 than they had the year before, the first one-year decline in nearly four decades. It’s worth taking some time to reflect on that fact, but the full report is also a valuable source of data on state and district revenues and expenditures and the eContinue Reading »
On Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued its decision on the state’s private school voucher program, enacted last year with support from Gov. Bobby Jindal. I’m probably one of the few people in education policy who don’t have strong views either way about vouchers.* In general, I see far greater potential in strategies that seek to grow the supply of high-quality, autonomous schools in thContinue Reading »
I’m at an age when a lot of my friends are trying to figure out where to send their children to preschool. Because of what I do for a living, and because I serve on a board that oversees charter schools in the District, some of my friends ask me for advice about preschool options. More often, they simply want to complain to me about the frustrations of navigating what is an incredibly fraContinue Reading »