National Event Highlights High Schools' Need for Postsecondary Education Data

 

On October 5, 2011 College Summit and the Data Quality Campaign co-hosted a Washington, D.C. event highlighting the need for more postsecondary education data and the progress states have made in meeting that need. According to an October 6th article in Education Week online, Congressional representatives from both sides of the aisle, educators, and non-profit leaders participated [More]

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The Obama Administration Announces ESEA Flexibility

 

On September 23, 2011, the Obama Administration described its plan to provide flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), renamed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2001. In a September 23rd letter to chief state school officers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated that “While NCLB helped State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) shine a bright light on the achievement gap and increased accountability [More]

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ACT Assesses U.S. College Readiness for the High School Class of 2011

 

On August 17, 2011 the ACT released a report addressing the condition of college and career readiness based upon ACT scores for the nation’s high school class of 2011. ACT defined college and career readiness as the acquisition of the knowledge and skills a student needs to enroll and succeed in a first-year postsecondary institution without the need for remediation. [More]

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CEP Report Reflects Progress for Title I Students

 

An August 9, 2011 report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) found improvements in the academic achievement of Title I students and a narrowing of the achievement gap between Title I and non-Title I students. Title I of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized in 2002 and renamed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), provides [More]

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NCES Report Compares Student Proficiency by State

 

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) supports and reports on research that compares the proficiency standards of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) with those of individual states, allowing an individual state’s proficiency standards to be compared with those of the NAEP and other states. The August 10, 2011 NCES report concludes that the rigor of [More]

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The Obama Administration Moves Forward with Its NCLB Waiver Plan

 

On August 8, 2011 President Obama’s Administration announced that Education Secretary Arne Duncan will move forward with his plan to offer states waivers of some of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) including the mandate for all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. [More]

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AYP Failures Increase While Graduation Rates Decrease

 

A July 27, 2011 Education Week article reported that states are beginning to release data on the number of their respective schools that met adequate yearly progress (AYP) last year – and state officials are concerned. Nearly 87 percent of New Mexico schools failed to meet AYP and 37 percent of Georgia schools failed. Preliminary data show that a significant number of North Carolina and Louisiana schools did not meet AYP. [More]

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A Controversial Report Finds Flaws in Student Teacher Programs

 

A July 21, 2011 report by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) concludes that student teaching programs in the U.S. have major flaws. The NCTQ report, Student Teaching in the United States, is based on NCTQ’s 3-year review of 134 institutions of higher education offering undergraduate student teaching programs for candidates for elementary school teaching. [More]

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A New Report Raises Concerns About School Discipline

 

In a July 19, 2011 press release the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center announced that the results of its six year study on disciplinary actions involving nearly 1 million students in Texas public secondary schools revealed that nearly 60 percent of the 7th through 12th graders had been subjected to at least one school suspension or expulsion. [More]

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The House of Representatives Offers Education Reform Proposals

 

The Obama Administration has urged Congress to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act by the beginning of the 2012 school year. On July 7, 2011 the House of Representatives introduced a bill titled the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act (H.R. 2445). The stated purpose of the bill is to provide states and local education agencies with flexibility [More]

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