PISA and Digital Literacy

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November 28, 2016 10:57 am

technology

The advent of high-speed internet, mass search engines, and online databases has transformed the ways in which information is presented, requiring students to be digitally literate to take full advantage of the available resources. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recognizes the significance of this phenomenon, stating, “[s]tudents unable to navigate through a complex digital landscape will no longer be able to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life around them.”

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Adolescent Literacy

Debunking Seven Myths About PISA

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November 18, 2016 09:53 am

PISA myths

With the release of the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results right around the corner, now is a good time to clear up some common misconceptions about the international assessment and what it reveals about education systems across the globe. Who better to do so than PISA Myth-Buster (and Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General for the OECD) Andreas Schleicher, who stopped by the Alliance recently to give a sneak preview of the 2015 PISA.

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High School Poverty Rate May Predict a Student’s Likelihood of Attending, and Completing, College

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November 16, 2016 10:41 am

Multi-ethnic group of high school or university students and female teacher at school in classroom.  Two students standing up, giving presentation to class.  Main focus on the students holding the chart.

Students from low-income high schools―those where at least 50 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch (FRPL)―are less likely to enroll in postsecondary education, persist, and ultimately earn a degree than their more affluent peers. In fact, school poverty level is one of the strongest predictors of whether students will continue their education after high school, according to The High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates, an annual report from the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ (NSCRC).

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High School Graduation Rates, Higher Education

Deeper Learning Digest: Twenty-First Century Skills

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November 11, 2016 04:51 pm

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Retired Army major general Bill Libby is concerned that many people in his home state of Maine lack skills that employers need. Libby explains how these skills, including communicating effectively, collaborating, and thinking critically, are “of paramount importance in our military, as well as the private sector.” Libby writes about how Maine’s proficiency-based learning model combines traditional academics with practical learning exercises and career and technical education to create deeper learning opportunities for students.

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College & Career Readiness, Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest

ESSA Regulations Must Ensure that Every Single Student Matters

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November 11, 2016 01:49 pm

Charlie Rose

Since President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) almost one year ago, my former colleagues at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) have been working around the clock to develop regulations that will guide the implementation of this vital civil rights law. The fate of these regulations in light of the election is unknown, but what we do know is that ESSA is a bipartisan, critical civil rights law that must be implemented with fidelity to its underlying purpose: to provide all students with an equitable and excellent education.

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Every Student Succeeds Act, No Child Left Behind

How Innovative School District Superintendents Are Transforming the High School Experience for Students

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November 08, 2016 01:09 pm

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Recently, fourteen district superintendents met with U.S. Secretary of Education John King at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Their hour-long discussion offered another confirmation that education’s change agents are growing. How quickly and effectively these district leaders receive support will determine our nation’s educational progress.

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High School Reform, Next Generation High Schools, Personalized Learning

Four Elements for Creating a Positive Learning Environment

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November 07, 2016 11:43 am

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For students to learn, they must feel safe, engaged, connected, and supported in their classrooms and schools. These “conditions for learning” are the elements of a school’s climate that students experience personally. They contribute to students’ academic achievement and success and are associated with improved grades and test scores; strong attendance; positive relationships between students, adults, and their peers; and minimal engagement in risky behaviors, according to The School Discipline Consensus Report (SDCR) developed by The Council of State Governments Justice Center. New research also shows that a positive school climate, of which the conditions for learning are a critical part, can narrow achievement gaps.

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School Climate