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Report Round-Up: September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011 04:30 pm

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“Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude? Performance Trends of Top Students” Thomas B. Fordham Institute
This study states it is the first of its kind to examine the performance of America’s highest-achieving children over time. The report found that many of the highest-achieving students often fail to keep their “elite status” over their school years, often failing to improve their reading ability at the same rate as their average or below-average peers. Researchers say this study raises questions about whether the obsession with closing achievement gaps and “leaving no child behind” is coming at the expense of the brightest students.

“Education at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators” Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development
This report found the United States still leads the world in having a college-educated workforce, but it is the only country among the world’s leading economies whose incoming workers are less educated than those retiring. According to Education Week, the report shows that in 2009, Americans accounted for more than one in every four of the 225 million people with postsecondary degrees in the G-20 countries. But a closer look at the statistics reveals a deep generational divide among degree-holders: Americans make up more than a third of all postsecondary degree holders, ages 55 to 64, but only one-fifth of those ages 25 to 34.

“Beginning Teacher Attrition and Mobility” U.S. Department of Education
This new data analysis from the National Center for Education Statistics shows teacher attrition among first year teachers may be as high as 10 percent. It’s the first release of data from the NCES’ Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study, which was begun a few years ago to track the career paths of beginning teachers from 2007 and 2008.

“Classifying California’s English Learners” Center for Latino Policy Research
Most four- and five-year-olds who take an English proficiency exam before kindergarten are bound to fail the test, according to this recent study. Taking the California English Language Development Test “almost guarantees” a student will be classified as an English learner, the University of California, Berekely’s Center for Latino Policy Research, study reports. Just 12 percent of kindergarten students who took the CELDT in the 2009-2010 school year were considered English language proficient, misidentifying the many others as English learners.

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