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The National Center for Education Statistics’ release last week of a survey of the condition of America’s school facilities in the 2012 Academic Year opens up a critical issue that too few understand– how the condition, design and use of facilities affect student achievement, teacher quality, teacher retention, and community support. It has been 15 years since the last update, and those years haven’t been kind to the nation’s huge and expensive capital stock of school buildings.
The NCES report highlights that:America’ schools are old. On average, it has been more than 40 years since the main instructional building was constructed. [...]Continue 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 relationship between those students’ level of interest and their college readiness in math and science. Then using two interest levels – expressed interest and measured interest – it discusses the disconnect between students’ interest in studying STEM subjects and the academic [...]Continue 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 experiences can also help students do better academically. As the skill level required for many jobs rises and schools turn to the Common Core State Standards that emphasize critical thinking, the CTE approach may offer lessons for preparing all students for [...]Continue Reading »
Parents and students want to know: Who or what is to blame for the skyrocketing (up 50 percent in 10 years) cost of a college education? Some blame faculty salaries, cuts in state aid, or excessive spending. But “Administrative Bloat”— a flurry of new vice presidents, provosts, deans, and other professional workers – has been a target high on everyone’s list.
New analysis from AIR’s Delta Cost Project breaks down staffing and compensation changes in higher education and sheds new light on the role of administrative bloat in the cost of college.
Administrative positions have increased across all types of higher education [...]Continue Reading »
President Obama announced in August that the Department of Education would be creating the Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS), a new rating system for colleges. The Department of Education issued a request for ideas on how to design and implement the PIRS. This series of blogs posts is adapted from the comment we plan to submit. Last week, we presented our recommendations for the new federal college rating system. Today, we’ll detail how we constructed our system.
Creating the Ratings
Access, affordability, and outcomes, the three categories suggested by the President, provide a strong foundation for this rating system. The [...]Continue Reading »
AIR experts have conducted in-depth research and analysis on many of the issues President Obama discussed in his State of the Union address. Links to that research, blogs by subject experts, and other features will appear throughout our website this week.
Last night’s State of the Union stressed education from the very first words. Today in America,” began the President, “a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.”
The biggest news came in Pre-K policy, where President Obama again asked [...]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 »