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Last month, new reports from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) presented two views of performance among 12th graders. The first, released May 7, shows a sharp contrast in the percentage of seniors judged proficient or advanced in reading and math. At grade 8, the percentage is virtually the same for both subject areas, but by 12th grade, many more students failed to hit the mark for math.
2013 NAEP Results: Percent Proficient or Advanced by Grade and Subject
But NAEP’s proficiency levels may not tell the whole story.
New provisional estimates published May 14 by the National Assessment Governing Board, which [...]Continue Reading »
This year, for the first time in the U.S., high school graduation rates may top 80 percent—good news, right? But another change in 2014 could pose employment and mobility obstacles for the other 20 percent.
Starting in January, the General Education Development test (or GED) that diploma-less adults take to show that they have high-school level skills got a lot harder. Doing well on the new test should make it easier to get into college or land a job, but doing well now requires a new level of help that too few studying for the GED can get.
The old test was [...]Continue Reading »
Last month Dale Russakoff wrote a fascinating article in The New Yorker about school reform in Newark, New Jersey. It is a saga of what can happen when educational reformers, with the best of intentions and ample resources, attempt to implement school reform without fully understanding the meaning of community, the strength of neighborhood loyalty, and how attached struggling families are to their local public schools.
The overwhelming majority of the people living in Newark are poor, very poor. More than 73 percent of the native-born population live below the poverty line, and most of the poorest people in Newark are [...]Continue Reading »
Earlier this month the Lumina Foundation’s annual Stronger Nation report noted that in 2013 the number of Americans ages 25 to 64 with “some college, no degree” rose about one quarter of 1 percent to an estimated 36.4 million.
That figure is especially important to the Adult College Completion Network (ACCN), which has set a goal of no more than 35.5 million “some college, no degree” adults by 2016. In a blog post from May 5, 2014, ACCN’s Patrick Lane wrote: “While one year does not a trend make, this shows that those working to serve this population will have to make significant progress over the next [...]Continue Reading »
For the last five years, Arizona State University and the education investment firm GSV Advisors have held an education innovation summit, bringing together investors and companies (ranging from small struggling startups through big dogs) to discuss trends in education, display innovative products, and, quite frankly, to do deals. This year’s summit was in Phoenix in late April. While much of the value of this summit, like many other meetings, comes from whom you bump into in the halls, some presentations are noteworthy. One of the most interesting talks was by Dan Rosensweig, former CEO of Yahoo, now president and CEO [...]Continue Reading »
Apprenticeships—or to be more precise, the praise of apprenticeships—is everywhere. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called for expanded access to apprenticeships and has endorsed apprenticeships in other speeches. In mid-April, the President put resources behind that talk, unveiling a $100 million fund to support apprenticeship programs. The idea is that businesses, unions, community colleges or nonprofit organizations could form partnerships to teach skills for hard-to-fill jobs, including information technology, health-care and advanced manufacturing.
Despite the pro-apprenticeship talk, nationwide, the number enrolled in apprenticeships is lower now than 10 years ago (288,000 today compared to 469,000 in [...]Continue Reading »
Not enough. Twelve credits per semester may be enough to be considered a full-time student, but it doesn’t allow for an on-time graduation. Students need to take 15 credits per semester to graduate on time and only 29 percent of community college students and 50 percent of four-year students are doing so. (Community College Spotlight)
Big numbers. The universities with the most students have been revealed. DeVry University and Arizona State University each have nearly 60,000 students, coming in first and second respectively. (U.S. News & World Report)
Transformation Tuesday. Check out these 11 foreign education policies that could transform schools in [...]Continue Reading »