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Read Five First Steps for States Tackling Inequitable Access

Five First Steps for States Tackling Inequitable Access

10 Nov 2014 | by Angela Minnici
As many new governors and state school officers prepare to take the helm in 2015, state leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to lay out a bold vision for ensuring that all students – regardless of zip code and background – have equitable access...
Read Time for a Reality Check with Your College-Bound Teen

Time for a Reality Check with Your College-Bound Teen

30 Oct 2014 | by Donna Desrochers
This blog post is based on an Oct. 14 AIR response to a National Journal Education Insiders blog. Of all the talks that parents should have with their children, a frank conversation about college costs and debt should be the least uncomfortable....
Read Forging the Fragile Teaching Link

Forging the Fragile Teaching Link

27 Oct 2014 | by Kirk Walters
Education reforms, an unstoppable phenomenon of the elementary and secondary education world, invariably come with strengths and weaknesses. Too often, those strengths are undermined and weaknesses accentuated by cracks in the teaching link of the...
Read Parent Engagement Is the Real Key to Meaningful School Satisfaction

Parent Engagement Is the Real Key to Meaningful School Satisfaction

22 Oct 2014 | by Catherine Barbour
A recent Gallup poll asked parents if they were satisfied with the education their children were receiving.  Seventy-five percent were “completely or somewhat satisfied.” That’s up eight percentage points from the 15-year low hit in 2013, which is...
Read College & Career Ready: What’s in a Definition?

College & Career Ready: What’s in a Definition?

17 Oct 2014 | by Anne Mishkind
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...
Read Associate's Degrees — The Next Big Thing?

Associate's Degrees — The Next Big Thing?

01 Oct 2014 | by Mark Schneider
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...
Read It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Attract Talent Into the Teaching Profession. Nope, That’s Not What Evidence Suggests.

It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Attract Talent Into the Teaching Profession. Nope, That’s Not What Evidence Suggests.

19 Sep 2014 | by Dan Goldhaber
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...
Read Proficient in One State May Not Mean Proficient in Another (Never Mind the Global Economy)

Proficient in One State May Not Mean Proficient in Another (Never Mind the Global Economy)

18 Sep 2014 | by Gary Phillips
As public debate over the use of Common Core standards in U.S. schools gathers steam, parents and policymakers need to know more about current proficiency standards for reading, mathematics, and science – and brace for some surprises.  These...
Read 2014 ACT Reports: Mismatch Between College Aspiration and Preparation

2014 ACT Reports: Mismatch Between College Aspiration and Preparation

21 Aug 2014 | by Mark Schneider
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...
Read Why Financial Literacy is Important to College-Bound Teens

Why Financial Literacy is Important to College-Bound Teens

18 Aug 2014 | by Mark Schneider
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...

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