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Report Round-Up–The July 4th Holiday Edition

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July 01, 2011 08:20 pm

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Happy Friday! As we close out the week before the Independence Day holiday, here’s a quick look at some of the education-related reports that were released this week. If there’s a report we missed that you think deserves to be mentioned, feel free to post a link to the report in the comments section.

Not Just Kid Stuff Anymore: the Economic Imperative for More Adults to Complete College, released by the Center for Law and Social Policy. This report says the number of U.S. high school graduates is not projected to increase, regardless of academic improvement, because population demographic trends are pointing to lower numbers of graduates by 2020.

Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, by the National Research Council of the National Academies, seeks to answer the question, “what can schools do to provide all students with access to high-quality education in STEM?” It provides an overview of the landscape of K-12 STEM education by considering different school models, highlighting research on effective STEM education practices, and identifying some conditions that promote and limit school- and student-level success in STEM.

Strained Schools Face Bleak Future: Districts Foresee Budget Cuts, Teacher Layoffs, and a Slowing of Education Reform Efforts, by the Center on Education Policy. This report includes data from a survey of more than 400 school districts and finds that districts are facing a grim financial future and the situation won’t get better any time soon.

And, finally, just to get you into that Fourth of July mood (if you’re not there already), here’s a short highlight video from the 2007 “A Capitol Fourth,” PBS’s annual coverage of the fantastic fireworks display on the National Mall, including wonderful shots of the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, and Lincoln Memorial.

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