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March 13, 2017 12:00 pm
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Personalized Learning Empowers Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning

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Riverside, California, has a reputation for forward thinking and has received national recognition for its use of technology. So, it is not surprising that a community that calls itself “the city of arts and innovation” has adopted a pioneering approach to classroom instruction.

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Future Ready, Personalized Learning
Posted: December 14, 2016 09:34 am

Science of Learning: Debunking the Myth About Left-Brain/Right-Brain Learning Styles

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December 14, 2016 09:34 am
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The following blog post is part of the Alliance’s work on the potential impact the science of learning (SOL) can have on the educational experiences of secondary students. It is written by Kara Blacker, PhD, a distinguished science of learning fellow in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on the neural mechanisms of working memory and improving cognition through training.

We all have seen and (maybe taken) those quizzes on Facebook that ask us to answer ten questions to find out if we are left-brained or right-brained. But is there any scientific evidence behind this idea that our personalities, learning styles, or strengths are the result of an unbalanced brain? More importantly, how do these ideas influence educational practices? What happens when teachers buy into these ideas and students internalize these notions about themselves?

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Science of Learning
Posted: December 12, 2016 10:50 am

As the Total Number of High School Graduates Declines, Latino Graduates See the Greatest Growth

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December 12, 2016 10:50 am
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Earlier this fall, President Obama announced that the national high school graduation rate reached a new all-time high of 83.2 percent for the Class of 2015, capping off nearly five years of sustained growth since all states began using a uniform method for calculating graduation rates in School Year (SY) 2010–11. Yet, while the percentage of students graduating from high school within four years has climbed steadily, the actual number of students graduating on time is declining, with the greatest decrease projected for the Class of 2017, according to a new report from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Most of the decline is a result of fewer white students graduating from high school, even as the number of graduates of color continues to climb, according to Knocking at the College Door.

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High School Graduation Rates
Posted: December 06, 2016 04:17 pm

Combining High School Transformation and Education Transitions in the Age of President-Elect Donald Trump

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December 06, 2016 04:17 pm
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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
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