DIGITAL LEARNING MEETS DIGITAL DEMOCRACY: Alliance for Excellent Education Accepting Public Feedback on New Digital Learning Draft State Legislation ArticleAugust 06, 2012
On August 1, the Alliance for Excellent Education began an unprecedented digital process asking the American public to participate in developing major new state legislation designed to make digital learning and educational technology available to all students around the country.
If you missed the Alliance for Excellent Education’s July 19 webinar updating recent federal action on education reform, archived video from it is now available.
BUILDING AND SUSTAINING TALENT: Improving Conditions for Teaching and Learning Key to Attracting and Retaining High-Quality Teachers in Hard-to-Staff Schools, Says New Education Trust Report ArticleJuly 09, 2012
A new report from the Education Trust argues that efforts to improve the quality of individual teachers, such as building and implementing new systems for evaluating teachers, will do little to boost student achievement—especially for low-income students and students of color—unless states and districts also pay attention to the environments in which teachers work. T
GROWING AWARENESS, GROWING SUPPORT: National Poll Findings Show Growing Support for Common Core State Standards and Assessments ArticleJuly 09, 2012
Sixty-eight percent of teachers—an increase of 9 percentage points since last summer—had a favorable impression of the common core state standards (CCSS).
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).
SCIENCE IN ACTION: NAEP Report Finds Students Lacking in Ability to Apply Science Knowledge in Real-Life Experiments ArticleJune 25, 2012
A new report measuring fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders’ abilities to apply their science knowledge in lab experiments finds that most students can select correct conclusions from a scientific investigation, but they face difficulty when asked to select correct conclusions and explain their results.
“A FRAMEWORK FOR ADVANCING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION”: Improving CTE Programs Are Critical to Transforming Nation’s Secondary Schools, Says New Alliance Policy Brief ArticleJune 25, 2012
By better integrating academic, career and technical education, and work-based learning, the nation’s secondary schools can increase student engagement, boost student achievement, and provide students with more options after they graduate from high school, according to a new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS: U.S. Department of Education Would Receive Slight Funding Increase Under Senate Committee Bill; Final Action Not Expected Until After November Elections ArticleJune 25, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education would receive $45.7 billion in discretionary funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 under the appropriations bill that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed on June 14.
CONDITION OF EDUCATION 2012: Report Includes Special Focus on High Schools, Finds that One-Quarter of High Schools Are “Low-Retention” ArticleMay 29, 2012
In addition to summarizing important developments and trends in education using the latest available data, The Condition of Education 2012, issued annually by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), includes a special section that provides a closer look at high schools in the United States over the past twenty years.
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.