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The 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study recently released by the Department of Education is full of interesting details about who receives aid and how much they get. One clear conclusion from the data is that the targeting of two important federal financial aid programs occasionally misses the mark.
Pell grants and subsidized student loans are designed for students from low-Continue Reading »
The U.S. Department of Education’s Degrees of Debt study, released last week, examines data on student borrowing and loan repayment for students one year after graduating in 1994, 2001, and 2009. For me, the most interesting findings included:
From 1992-93 to 2007-08…The proportion of bachelor’s degrees recipients with student loan debt increased from 49 percent to 66 percent (figuContinue Reading »
Thanks to the fed’s updated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion reports, school administrators and policymakers finally can wash their hands of unreliable student-reported data.
The new numbers from the Department of Education give a FAFSA count for public and private schools, state-by-state and school-by-school. It’s enough to make any analyst starry-eyed.
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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 »
A new study of states’ ESEA waiver plans reveals that some states are side-stepping graduation rate requirements by reporting the data, but not including it in their accountability systems.
As a result, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, many of the ESEA waivers granted by the Department of Education contradict the 2008 graduation rate regulationContinue Reading »
What will it take to create a system of schools that prepare all children to thrive and succeed in this century? This question is at the heart of the U.S. Department of Education’s very recent report, For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence. Directed by Congress in 2010, the department called together a distinguished 27- member commission to recommend polices toContinue Reading »
The fallout from last week’s news that Washington and Wisconsin can join 24 other states with flexibility from NCLB has centered on the New York Times’ front-page coverage and whether ESEA waivers represent A) sensible relief to states from an impossible task or B) an all-out retreat from school accountability, particularly for disadvantaged and underserved students.
State education offiContinue Reading »
We’re not all winners anymore. Last week, Iowa became the first state to be turned down by the U.S. Department of Education for an ESEA waiver. While the news is a blow for Iowans – and policymakers like Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who supported the request – it really isn’t a surprise or a bold political statement from the Obama administration (Iowa is a swing stateContinue Reading »
Will student savings accounts encourage a switch to the college-track mindset?
Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education announced its plan to help disadvantaged students gain access to college through investing in a college savings account. Details of the new program were debated in a panel discussion at the New America Foundation. As part of the GEAR UP program, the College Savings AcContinue Reading »
I just might have to pinch myself. One of my dreams for higher education looks like it is actually going to come true. On Wednesday, the Department of Education released an action plan to enhance postsecondary graduation rate data. If you’re not excited about this, you should be. For years, we’ve been using incomplete—woefully incomplete—completion data. And yet policymakers and researcContinue Reading »