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December 06, 2016 04:17 pm
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Combining High School Transformation and Education Transitions in the Age of President-Elect Donald Trump

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The election is over, and with the subsiding of the first shock waves of a Donald Trump presidency, those committed to a massive transformation of high schools must evaluate what has changed, what is the same, and what will be the most effective strategies during the next five years.

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Next Generation High Schools
Posted: December 06, 2016 02:16 pm

Latest PISA Results Show American Students Hold Steady in Reading and Science Performance, Slip Significantly in Math

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December 06, 2016 02:16 pm
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The performance of U.S. fifteen-year-olds in mathematics “fell significantly,” while science and reading performance was little changed since 2012, according to the latest results from the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA), which were released this morning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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International Comparisons
Posted: December 05, 2016 02:42 pm

ED Releases Final ESSA Accountability Regulations: What’s Different and What’s Next?

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December 05, 2016 02:42 pm
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On November 28, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released much anticipated final accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the education law that replaced No Child Left Behind at the end of 2015. The final regulations make several key changes to accountability, state plans, and the implementation timeline but maintains a focus on traditionally underserved students.

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Accountability, Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: December 02, 2016 04:38 pm

Trump Names Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary: Nomination Draws Mixed Response from Legislators

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December 02, 2016 04:38 pm
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Last week, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos, a Michigan-based philanthropist and school choice advocate, for U.S. Secretary of Education. During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to expand school choice options for students and proposed a $20 billion voucher program that would allow federal funds to follow students to private schools. His nomination of DeVos likely indicates he plans to pursue that school choice agenda.

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Posted: November 28, 2016 10:57 am

PISA and Digital Literacy

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November 28, 2016 10:57 am
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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
Posted: November 18, 2016 09:53 am

Debunking Seven Myths About PISA

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November 18, 2016 09:53 am
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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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Posted: November 16, 2016 10:41 am

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
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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
Posted: November 11, 2016 04:51 pm

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
Posted: November 11, 2016 01:49 pm

ESSA Regulations Must Ensure that Every Single Student Matters

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November 11, 2016 01:49 pm
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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
Posted: November 08, 2016 01:09 pm

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
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