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Report Round-Up: October 1, 2010

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October 01, 2010 05:35 pm

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Here is this week’s report round-up. Don’t forget to let us know if we are forgetting anything!

Report_Round-Up[1]College Graduation Rates: Behind the Numbers from the American Council on Education. This report provides a layperson’s guide to the most common databases used to calculate college graduation rates, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. In addition, the report suggests several factors for policymakers to consider before using graduation rates from existing databases to assess institutional success.

The Rural Solution: How Community Schools Can Reinvigorate Rural Education from the Center for American Progress. This report calls for Congress to provide incentives for school districts educating 10 million children in rural areas to use full-service community schools as a turnaround strategy.

No Time to Waste: Policy Recommendations for Improving College Completion by the Southern Regional Education Board. This report urges states to place a major focus on increasing the numbers of students who complete college degrees and career certificates — toward the goal of having 60 percent of working-age adults earning some type of high-quality credential by the year 2025.

Career Technical Education and Business Partners: Bridging Education and the Economy from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.  This report highlights two examples of partnerships that are establishing connections between employers and the future workforce. It spotlights NOVA Community College and State Farm Insurance – two exemplary examples of education-employer partnerships within the career technical education (CTE) community.

Children in Poverty: State-by-State in 2009 from First Focus. This report provides a state-by-state breakdown of the number of children living in poverty by analyzing the 2009 U.S. Census data. The report finds that many child poverty trends from previous years continued in 2009 such as higher regional child poverty levels are still concentrated in South.

Cracks in the Ivory Tower? The Views of Education Professors Circa 2010 by FDR Group and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. This national survey of education school professors finds that, even as the U.S. grows more practical and demanding when it comes to K-12 education, most of the professoriate simply isn’t there. Though they support some reforms, they oppose others; many see themselves more as philosophers than as master craftsmen sharing a trade.

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