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No matter what side you’re on in the battle over standards, testing, school choice, or teacher tenure, everybody agrees that kids must leave high school ready for college and careers.
State leaders are giving this commitment a lot of thought and are working to define what “college and career ready” means for their students. So far, 36 states and the District of Columbia have working defiContinue Reading »
Associate’s degrees may be the next big thing. Already, they are the nation’s second most commonly granted degree after the bachelor’s—and the number of associate’s degrees granted is increasing faster than the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded. Many students who don’t have the money, time or inclination to pursue a bachelor’s degree are looking at the associate’s degree as a way into the lContinue Reading »
Buried in a recent New York Times article on the major gender imbalance in the teacher workforce is the notion that adopting academic standards and increasing pressure on teachers has made it more difficult to attract academically talented people into teaching. Meanwhile, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten goes on record saying that teaching is “harder now than ever befoContinue Reading »
Only about half of the nation’s college students earn a “four-year” bachelor’s degree within six years. This personal defeat for the many students who fail to graduate is a double whammy since so many also take out student loans without ever reaping the financial rewards that go along with graduating. Given persistent failure rates and mounting student debt, how prepared students are to enter aContinue Reading »
This is the second of two posts about U.S. teens’ results on a recent international assessment of financial literacy.
Every three years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) releases the results for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international assessment of math, science and reading literacy of 15-year-olds. In the latest PISA admiContinue Reading »
While the Department of Education works through the summer to have the President’s college rating system ready by early fall, many rising high school juniors and seniors (and their parents) are touring colleges and poring over the Department’s College Navigator and College Scorecard to see how the schools that have made their short lists stack up against one another and national averages.<Continue Reading »
The Department of Education’s latest Condition of Education report adds to the growing evidence that there is an earnings premium associated with higher levels of education.
According to the report, on average, more than 70 percent of young adults who completed a bachelor’s degree program as their highest level of education worked at full-time, year-round jobs in 2012 in the US. That comContinue Reading »
It was like being in a seminar led by a world-class professor—only in this case there were 28 professors, among the top scholars in educational equity. Faculty from Brown, Georgetown, and Stanford universities, leaders from the Clinton Global Initiative, Ford Foundation, and NAACP, and five members of the National Academy of Education including its current president, came to AIR’s Georgetown ofContinue Reading »
Nearly a century ago, John Dewey reflected on the nature of change in his book Human Nature and Conduct:
We may desire abolition of war, industrial justice, and greater opportunity for all. But no amount of preaching good will or the golden rule or cultivation of sentiments of love and equity will accomplish the results. There must be change in objective arrangements and institutions.Continue Reading »
This is the season when many high school seniors have their college admission and financial aid offers in hand. Now, the cost of attending college becomes real—at least for the first year–because most students are only given dollar figures for the coming year, not what their costs might be in their sophomore, junior, or senior years.
According to an analysis of U.S. Department of EContinue Reading »