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May 27, 2011 02:21 pm


A Time for Deeper Learning: Preparing Students for a Changing World from theAlliance for Excellent Education. This policy brief argues that deeper learning provides students with the deep content knowledge they need to succeed after high school and the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills that today’s jobs demand.

What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. This report finds that different undergraduate majors result in very different earnings. At the low end, median earnings for Counseling Psychology majors are $29,000, while Petroleum Engineering majors see median earnings of $120,000.

Baseline Analyses of SIG Applications and SIG-Eligible and SIG-Awarded Schools by the Institute of Education Sciences. This paper finds that nationally, 74 percent of the more than 1,200 schools that receive school improvement grants are undertaking what many view as the most flexible of the four Education Department models – transformation.

The Condition of Education from the National Center for Education Statistics. This report features a closer look at postsecondary education by institution level and control.  The special section looks at changes in postsecondary enrollment patterns, as well as differences in the current conditions and trends in postsecondary education between public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit institutions.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform from the National Center on Education and the Economy. This paper explains why the performance of students in one nation after another surpasses that of American students.
The NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition by the New Media Consortium. This study identifies technologies that are likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, research, or “creative expression” within the educational community over the next five years.

The Road Ahead for State Assessments from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). This report offers a blueprint for strengthening assessment policy, pointing out how new technologies are opening up new possibilities for fairer, more accurate evaluations of what students know and are able to do.

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