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Report Round-Up: November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010 03:43 pm

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Report_Round-Up[1]Service Members in School: Military Veterans’ Experiences Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Pursuing Higher Education
from the American Council on Education. This report provides what may be the most comprehensive independent assessment to date of the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s effectiveness. Drawn from surveys and focus groups, the report gives a portrait of the complex journey of soldiers transitioning from the military into the classroom.

Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action from the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This study outlines tips to bring digital and media literacy education into formal and informal settings, through local efforts that dovetail with state and federal initiatives.

Degrees of Separation: Education, Employment, and the Great Recession in Metropolitan America from the Brookings Institute. According to this report, metro areas with highly educated populations experienced more modest declines in employment during the recession than other metro areas.

25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College: Part 1 from the Center for Affordability and Productivity. This is the first part of a five-part study which provides a detailed analysis of 25 different ways that college administrators and public policy leaders can cut college costs in order to make colleges more productive with their resources and more affordable to their students.

The Heart of Student Success: Teaching, Learning, and College Completion from the Center for Community College Student Engagement. This report argues that increasing college completion is meaningless unless certificates and degrees represent real learning, which community colleges must work harder to ensure.

U.S. Math performance in Global Perspective from Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and Education Next.  This report compares the percent of U.S. students in the graduating class of 2009 who have advanced math skills with the percentages of similar high achievers in 56 other countries.

A Call for Change from the Council of the Great City Schools. According to this study, only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys.

Professional Development: Sorting Through the Jumble to Achieve Success from Education Week. This special report aims to provide a fresh look at teacher professional development. The stories examine many facets of the training, including its research base, implementation in districts, cost, and evolution.

High School Dropout, Graduation, and Completion Rates: Better Data, Better Measures, Better Decisions from the National Academies Press. This report examines the accuracy and limitations of current tools, as well as the makings of an effective longitudinal data system, in an effort to glean strategies that may help bolster policies and best practices in measuring student academic outcomes.

Ed-School Essentials: A Review of Illinois Teacher Preparation from the National Council on Teacher Quality. This report finds that 53 of Illinois’ schools of education — by means of their 111 programs — are not teaching aspiring teachers the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to be effective.

A New Approach to Principal Preparation: Innovative Programs Share Their Practices and Lessons Learned from the Rainwater Leadership Alliance. This report argues that traditionally, the processes and standards by which many principal preparation programs screen, select, and graduate candidates often lack rigor and do not adequately equip principals for the multi-faceted role of effective instructional leader.

Participation and Success in the Advanced Placement Program Continue to Grow in SREB States from the Southern Regional Education Board. This report finds that Southern Regional Education Board states continue to increase participation of high school students in the Advanced Placement (AP) program, outpacing the national rate for the eighth straight year in 2009.

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