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Report Round-up: June 22, 2012

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June 22, 2012 06:06 pm

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Hello again! It’s time for your weekly dose of the Report Round-up, where we share the reports we’ve seen recently that we think merit your attention.

First, we’d be remiss if we didn’t share with you the Alliance’s latest effort: “A Framework for Advancing Career and Technical Education: Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act.” As Congress takes up the Perkins Act, the Alliance wants to make sure that policy makers know that the legislation must continue to “ensure that the opportunities provided at the secondary school level are relevant, engaging, of high quality, and aligned with the career demands that lie ahead, and that such opportunities place a targeted focus on those youth who have traditionally been least likely to have access to the educational opportunities that prepare them to be both college and career ready.”

Next up from EvalSolutions, Inc. is this brief titled “Evaluating Progress Integrating Technology:
Illinois Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT)
” that “summarizes the final evaluation of the Illinois Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) state, ARRA, and SRTT grants, 2009-2011.” The report concludes that the different grants didn’t as a general rule yield different results. The brief includes discussion about which elements of the different program models were important.

The Education Law Center at Rutgers University recently released the second edition of its report “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card.” According to The Huffington Post, the report found that “only 17 states have progressive funding systems, according to which the state allocates greater funding to districts buckling under poverty.” Additionally, “six states have regressive funding systems, in which richer school districts receive more state dollars.”

Education Sector released a new report titled “Ready by Design: A College and Career Agenda for California” this week. In the report, “[Bill] Tucker and [Anne] Hyslop suggest that California can do much better. They propose a system that is ‘truly focused on postsecondary readiness.’ Specifically, they argue that a new system should give educators ‘detailed information about how their students fare after graduation so they could learn whether those students were ready for college or the workforce, and if they weren’t, how they could be served better.’”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce released the 2012 edition of “Leaders and Laggards: a State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education.” This interactive website grades each state in a number of areas, including student access and success, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, and meeting labor market demand.

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