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April 08, 2011 03:18 pm

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Education and the Economy: Boosting Local, State, and National Economies by Improving High School Graduation Rates from the Alliance for Excellent Education. These findings, to be released on a rolling basis throughout the month of April, demonstrate the economic benefits that 220+ metro areas would likely see if its number of high school dropouts was cut in half. These study details the possible growth in jobs, home ownership, levels of spending and investment, and car sales.

Double Jeopardy: How Poverty & Third-Grade Reading Skills Influence High School Graduation from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers, according to this report.

Americans Want More Coverage of Teacher Performance and Student Achievement from the Brookings Institution.  This study finds that Americans want media coverage about the education system, especially news about how teachers are performing.

State Test Score Trends Through 2008-09, Part 3: Student Achievement at 8th Grade from the Center on Education Policy. This report provides a detailed look at student performance on 8th grade state reading and math tests and examines student performance at the basic, proficient, and advanced levels of performance and tracks testing data by student race, ethnicity, income, and gender from as early as 2002 through 2009.

Misplaced Profiles from the NAACP. This report examines America’s escalating levels of prison spending and its impact on state budgets and our nation’s children. The study also tracks the steady shift of state funds away from education and toward the criminal justice system.

The New 3E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered — How Today’s Students are Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Learning from Project Tomorrow. This national survey reveals that K-12 students in the U.S. are more likely than ever to use cell phones and even smartphones for personal and educational use, and it appears that more parents are supportive of the use of mobile devices for learning.

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