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Report Round-Up: Friday, October 15, 2010

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October 15, 2010 09:30 pm

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Report_Round-Up[1]Finishing the First Lap: The Cost of First Year Student Attrition in America’s Four Year Colleges and Universities
from the American Institutes for Research. Nationally, only about 60 percent of students graduate from four-year colleges and universities within six years. This analysis AIR vice president Mark Schneider finds that more than $9 billion was spent by state and federal governments to support students at four-year colleges and universities who left school before their sophomore year during a five-year period.

White Paper: Next Generation Learning from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This white paper outlines how technology can help students and educators dramatically improve student outcomes, both in high schools and in postsecondary education.

Cutting to the Bone: How the Economic Crisis Affects Schools from the Center for Public Education.  According to this report, although the recession technically ended last year, budgets for LEAs nationwide will likely not reach pre-recession levels until late in the decade.

Many Missing Pieces: The Difficult Task of Linking Early Childhood Data and School-Based Data Systems from New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative. This report finds that data system compatibility, student migration, privacy considerations, and scarce financial resources remain challenges in linking early childhood and K-12 data systems.

Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card from Rutgers University and the Education Law Center. This report finds that most states will require significant education finance reform to target resources to disadvantaged students.

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