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Report Roundup: September 28, 2012

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September 28, 2012 06:36 pm

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Remember that show Step By Step? How about Boy Meets World or Full House? You know where I’m going with this… TGIF! Before you head out for the weekend, catch up on a few education related reports released this week.

The Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assitance (that’s a mouthful!) released data on the breakdown of state allocation of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. States received varying amounts, due to receipt of competitive grant funds, such as Race to the Top. The average per pupil funding for states receiving the most funds was $1,750, compared to $1,205 for the states receiving the lowest amount. A take-away from all these numbers is that overall, high-need school districts (those with the highest rates of child poverty and lowest student achievement) received more funding per pupil than districts doing better.

The National Research Council breaks down the skills and competencies needed to survive in this 21st century globalized world. They outlined three broad competency areas: cognitive (thinking and reasoning), intrapersonal (being able to self-regulate emotions); and interpersonal (expressing and interpreting with others). These competencies offer a building block for standards of education and can be seen intertwined into Common Core standards.

While an increasing number of jobs demand a bachelor’s or higher education degree, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute finds that there are 29 million jobs paying at least $35,000 that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. The report outlines five Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways that “educate and train Americans for these jobs.” These are: Associate’s Degree, employer-based training, postsecondary certificates, industry-based certifications and apprenticeships. In order to fully embrace the potential of these 29 million jobs, we have to get the high school graduation rate up, first, huh?

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget that tomorrow is National Museum Day – print out a voucher for two free tickets to a multitude of museums! I’ll be headed to the Newseum here in DC. Where will you go? Have a great weekend!

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