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Everyone’s Getting Straight A’s: ESEA Reauthorization Takes Step Forward

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July 03, 2013 04:41 pm

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During the month of June, congressional committees in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Action began on June 12, when the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) passed the Strengthening America’s Schools Act (SASA). Action in the House followed on June 19 when the House Education and the Workforce Committee passed the Student Success Act. House Committee Passes NCLB Rewrite

Released on June 27, results from the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessments in reading and mathematics show significant gains for nine- and thirteen-year-olds since testing began in the early 1970s but no changes for the nation’s seventeen-year-olds. One positive long-term trend is a shrinking of achievement gaps between white students and their black and Hispanic peers. NAEP Results Show No Overall Progress for 17-year-olds  

Released on June 27 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance 2013 includes data showing how the United States ranks internationally in several key areas, including high school graduation rates, the percentage of individuals with a college degree, early education enrollment rates, teacher salaries, and more. This year’s edition also offers a snapshot showing how individuals with different levels of education fared during the worst economic crisis seen in decades. U.S. High School Dropouts ‘Hit Hardest’ by the Economic Recession

State policymakers should work with districts and schools to implement early warning systems (EWS) that help educators keep high school students on track toward college and career readiness, a new report from Data Quality Campaign finds. The report, Using Early Warning Data to Keep Students on Track Toward College and Careers, explores the options states have for aggregating and translating student data into actionable information they can use to prevent students from dropping out and meeting their individual needs. Early Warning Systems Can Keep Students on Track

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