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Report Round-up: December 3, 2010

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December 03, 2010 09:49 pm

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10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning from the Digital Learning Council, a diverse group of more than 100 leaders in education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and policy. This report provides recommendations that are meant to serve as a roadmap of reform for local, state and federal officials to advance digital learning.

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic from America’s Promise Alliance. This analysis finds that the U.S. graduation rate increased from 72 percent in 2002 to 75 percent in 2008 and that the number of “dropout factory” high schools fell by 13 percent – from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,746 in 2008.

Charter School Laws Across the States from the Center for Education Reform. According to this report, most states are lagging in reforming their charter school laws despite an Obama administration push to reward states that remove charter caps and other charter restrictions.

Persistence and Attainment of 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students: After 6 Years  from the National Center for Education Statistics. This First Look report provides a brief description of the persistence and degree attainment of a nationally representative sample of students who began postsecondary education for the first time in the 2003-04 academic year. The report provides a first look at the experience of these students over three academic years, from July 2003 to June 2006, and provides information about rates of program completion, transfer, and attrition for students who first enrolled at various types of postsecondary institutions.

The Moment of Truth: Report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform from the White House. The18-member bipartisan commission was appointed by President Obama to lay out a map toward a balanced federal budget, sustaining Social Security and Medicare for retirees and to pay down the national debt. The study finds that the U.S. “must invest in education, infrastructure, and high-value research and development to help our economy grow, keep us globally competitive, and make it easier for businesses to create jobs.”

The Fiscal Survey of States released by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). According to this report, while state budgets have improved slightly over the past year, more than a dozen states so far have made mid-year cuts to K-12 education, and the fiscal outlook going forward remains grim.

The Rise of College Student Borrowing by the Pew Research Center. This report finds that graduates who received a bachelor’s degree in 20081 borrowed 50% more (in inflation-adjusted dollars) than their counterparts who graduated in 1996, while graduates who earned an associate’s degree or undergraduate certificate in 2008 borrowed more than twice what their counterparts in 1996 had borrowed.

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