Education Secretary John King Focuses on Education, Leadership, and Equity in Final Policy Speech

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December 20, 2016 10:40 am

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In his last major policy speech, U.S. Secretary of Education John King delivered what could be seen as a motivational speech for education advocates preparing for President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to expand school choice options for students through a $20 billion voucher program that would allow federal funds to follow students to private schools.

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States and the Trump Administration Should Stay the Course with ED’s Accountability Regulations

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December 19, 2016 05:05 pm

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Within the last three weeks, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued the long-awaited final regulations to implement the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The question on everyone’s mind is with the Trump administration taking the helm in just a matter of weeks, do these regulations really matter?

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Deeper Learning Digest: Gathering the Deeper Learning Community

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December 16, 2016 03:43 pm

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This week, organizations supporting deeper learning gathered for an “(un)convening” to dig deeper into educational equity in the “Big Easy.” Hosted by the Hewlett Foundation, the convening focused on how educators in New Orleans provide deeper learning opportunities for students in the city, as well as the challenges they face. Participants learned about the educational history in New Orleans, interacting with local educators and leaders by visiting schools and hearing directly from education leaders about access to deeper learning in the community.

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College Attainment Rates Lag for African Americans, Latinos, and Low-Income Students

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December 16, 2016 02:57 pm

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Today’s young adults have the highest rate of postsecondary education attainment in U.S. history. That academic success has not reached all groups equally, though, and significant education attainment gaps persist along gender, race, and income lines. But future cohorts of students—namely those currently in high school and college—are poised to close those gaps, according to a new report.

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Science of Adolescent 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 adolescent learning (SAL) can have on the educational experiences of secondary students. It is written by Kara Blacker, PhD, a distinguished science of adolescent 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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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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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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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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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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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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