School District Destination: Deeper Learning In the NewsApril 18, 2017
Educators have offered instruction that goes beyond the rote for many years, but the concept of deeper learning has recently grown in scope as higher education and the economy demand a more complex blend of intellectual and social skills.
On February 2, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal, which includes a new $125 million competitive grant program that would promote the redesign of America’s high schools. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
Florida is one of dozens of states which have adopted math and language arts standards based on Common Core. The standards outline what students should know in every grade.Experts say speech and debate is a natural way to support the standards. Robert Rothman is a fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, which supports the Common Core. “They’ve been included in some state standards before now but haven’t really gotten much attention," he says. Common Core is supposed get students ready for college or to help them get a job after high school. Rothman says employers want workers with better communications skills.
A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Digital Learning Media (DLM) initiative that schools and out-of-school sites are adopting to enhance student learning and outcomes by connecting their education to their interests. Connected learning uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
New International Exam Results Show US Must Back Changes to Help Students Develop Deeper Learning In the NewsJanuary 30, 2014
Recent news reports have focused largely on the relatively mediocre showing of U.S. students on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of 15-year-olds in 64 countries, including the United States. The PISA rankings are only the surface story; much more important is PISA’s vast database that shares lessons of high-performing nations that reveal a great deal about what students need to learn—and this information should steer federal and state educational policy going forward.
ACT Linking Study Provides Guidance on International Benchmarking of U.S. College and Career Readiness In the NewsDecember 13, 2013
The latest PISA test results confirm that 15-year-old students in the U.S. still have significant strides to make to catch up with their peers in other economically advanced countries ... Dr. Camara will provide insight into the latest PISA results during the Alliance for Excellent Education’s live streaming PISA Day event today.
American high school students have slipped in worldwide rankings of math, science and reading achievement, according to results of international testing released Tuesday by federal education officials ... "They are the skills most in demand in today's global economy. Unfortunately, they are also the skills that far too many U.S. students lack," said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington-based advocacy group.
The United States’ academic standing in newly released international exams has remained middling at best, prompting heated debate about what is to blame and how to fix the problem ... The Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group that emphasizes improving education for disadvantaged students, argues PISA asks the typical American student to do more than they have to do in standardized tests at the state level.