FEDERAL UPDATE: U.S. Department of Education Receives Requests for NCLB Waivers from Seven More States; Receives Intent from Nearly 900 Applicants Under Race to the Top-District Competition ArticleOctober 01, 2012
On September 10, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it received requests for additional flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Dropout recovery programs are gaining traction and attention in the Southwest as several flagship “back-on-track” initiatives find success through an innovative educational structure that allows students to obtain a high school diploma while taking college courses to prepare for their future, a new First Focus report details.
THE CONDITION OF COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS 2012: Only 25 Percent of 2012 High School Graduates Considered “College Ready” in Four Core Subjects, According to ACT Results ArticleSeptember 17, 2012
Only one in four high school graduates from the Class of 2012 who took the ACT college- and career-readiness exam were considered “college ready” in English, reading, mathematics, and science, according to The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012, released by ACT on August 22.
On September 14, the Alliance for Excellent Education, Committee for Education Funding (CEF), and Coalition for a College- and Career-Ready America cohosted a webinar that focused on how sequestration would affect federal education programs and what impact the spending cuts would have on local school districts.
SUMMER WAIVE(RS): Six Additional States and the District of Columbia Receive NCLB Waivers; To Date, Thirty-Two States and DC Have Received Waivers ArticleJuly 23, 2012
Only July 19, the Obama administration granted additional flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to six additional states (Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, and South Carolina) and the District of Columbia (DC) in exchange for state-led reform in the areas of college- and career-ready standards, accountability and improvement, and teacher evaluation.
HALFWAY POINT: Obama Administration Approves Seven More States for NCLB Waivers Bringing Total to Twenty-Six; Iowa First State to Be Turned Down ArticleJuly 09, 2012
On June 29, the Obama administration approved five additional states’ requests for flexibility from key provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
On May 29, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that eight more states have been granted flexibility from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and a career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.
RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AND THE GREAT RECESSION: Only 27 Percent of Recent High School Graduates Have Full-Time Jobs, Report Finds ArticleJune 11, 2012
Only 27 percent of recent high school graduates have full-time jobs, according to a new national survey of individuals who graduated from high school from 2006 to 2011 and are not attending college full time.
College- and Career-Ready Standards
On May 22, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a new $400 million Race to the Top (RTT) program for school districts to create plans for individualized classroom instruction aimed at closing achievement gaps and preparing each student for college and a career.
MOVING FROM TECHNOLOGY OPTIONAL TO TECHNOLOGY ESSENTIAL: Alliance President Testifies Before Michigan Senate Education Committee on Importance of Digital Learning to Preparing All Students for College and a Career ArticleMay 29, 2012
On May 23, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, testified before the Michigan Senate Education Committee on how digital learning and the effective use of technology can help drive better learning for all students in Michigan regardless of their geography or socioeconomic status.