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February 04, 2011 05:16 pm

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Closing the Expectations Gap 2011 by Achieve. This report finds that in the six years since the National Governors Association and Achieve co-sponsored the National Education Summit on high schools, the goal of aligning the expectations for high school graduates with the demands of college and the workplace is the new norm across the United States.

Breaking New Ground: Building a National Workforce Skills Credentialing System from ACT. This report introduces the need and associated benefits for establishing a national workforce credentialing system and emphasizes the importance of getting a critical mass of state, national, and public and private workforce leaders to co-construct a foundational framework to address our national workforce challenges.

Turning Around the Nation’s Lowest-Performing Schools from the Center for American Progress.  This report focuses on five steps that low-performing school districts can take to improve their chances of success.

A Measured Approach to Improving Teacher Preparation from Education Sector. This brief examines the way the United States currently prepares teachers and offers some specific suggestions on how to improve it.

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. According to this report, the United States’ increasing emphasis on a single pathway to success is at least partly to blame for the country falling behind other nations.

Report: Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2009; Graduation Rates, 2003 & 2006 Cohorts; and Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2009 from the National Center for Education Statistics. This report presents findings from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2010 data collection.

Slip-Sliding Away from Public Agenda.  Despite signs of recovery from the “Great Recession,” this survey finds that 4 in 10 Americans find themselves living lives of economic struggle, and worry about whether they’ll keep a middle-class life in the long term.

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