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Report Round-Up: November 19, 2010

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November 19, 2010 10:54 pm


Report_Round-Up[1]The 2010 Campus Computing Survey from the Campus Computing Project. This survey suggests budget woes and internal politics are more likely to impede the growth of online programs at colleges than skepticism and regulation.

Formative Assessment and Next-Generation Assessment Systems: Are We Losing an Opportunity? from the Council of Chief State School Officers. This report argues that we are at risk of losing the promise that formative assessment holds for teaching and learning.

Not prepared for class: High Poverty Schools Continue to Have Fewer In-Field Teachers from Education Trust. According to this report nearly a decade after federal law was enacted to ensure that low-income students and students of color had a fair shot at being assigned to strong teachers, students in high-poverty schools are still disproportionately taught by out-of-field and rookie teachers.

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning by Evergreen Education Group. This report finds that online instruction continues to grow quickly overall but the shape and pace of this growth remains uneven throughout the U.S., and two states—Delaware and New York—still don’t offer any opportunities for K-12 students to take classes online.

BENCHMARKING 2010: Trends in Education Philanthropy from the Grantmakers for Education. This annual report summarizes trends in education philanthropy.

Open Doors published annually by the Institute of International Education. This is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.

Winning by degrees: The strategies of highly productive higher-education institutions from McKinsey.  This report shows that to graduate up to one million more students per year without increasing public spending or compromising quality, the U.S. higher-education institutions would need to improve their degree completion productivity by an average of 23 percent.

Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 2008-09 from the National Center for Education Statistics. This report summarizes the nation’s 100 largest school districts according to their student population.

Confronting Systemic Inequity in Education: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. This report finds that many education foundations could be doing more to influence education reform in vulnerable communities.

Transforming Teacher Education through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy to Prepare Effective Teachers from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This report calls for teacher education to be “turned upside down” by revamping programs to place clinical practice at the center of teacher preparation.

Class Differences: Online Education in the United States, 2010 from The Sloan Consortium. This survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide finds approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online college course in fall 2009, the most recent term for which figures are available.


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