Ready for What? How Multiple Graduation Pathways Do—and Do Not—Signal Readiness for College and Careers

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February 23, 2021 03:04 pm

During the past several years, policymakers have updated high school graduation requirements to increase students’ preparation for postsecondary education and the workforce. At the same time, they have recognized that increases in the rigor of these requirements may require greater flexibility in how students demonstrate that they are prepared for postsecondary opportunities. This Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) report provides state policymakers and advocates with an analysis of the various graduation pathways currently in effect. It also offers recommendations to help lawmakers and others focus graduation pathway policies on equity and excellence.

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College and Career Readiness

Measuring Growth in 2021: What State Leaders Need to Know

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August 04, 2020 12:00 pm

Student academic growth data is the most comprehensive and equitable way to measure student progress and school quality. As states and districts work to reopen for the 2020-21 school year, measuring student growth should remain a priority, especially given anticipated widespread learning losses due to COVID-19. States can and should continue to measure student growth in 2021; to do so, state leaders should start preparing now. This resource from the Data Quality Campaign, Alliance for Excellent Education and Collaborative for Student Success outlines considerations for measuring growth when missing annual assessment data for the prior year, discuss uses of this data, and lays out actions states can take right now to measure growth in 2021.

 

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Accountability, Assessments, coronavirus, Data Systems

Alliance for Excellent Education Letter Opposing Proposed Changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection

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November 21, 2019 04:48 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed eliminating nearly thirty data points from the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), including data pertaining to teacher experience, school finance, and advanced coursework. The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) believes Secretary DeVos’s proposal is deeply concerning and inconsistent with the Education Department’s (ED) mission of “fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

While eliminating these data points may reduce the burden on school districts, the loss of this information far outweighs any modest benefit districts may experience. Should these data points disappear, so, too, does the transparency families and communities want and need to be better informed as to the quality of schools they desire and support.

Read the letter from All4Ed President Deb Delisle via the link below.

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Equity

Strengthening the Transition from High School to College: Priorities for the Higher Education Act

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October 07, 2019 01:28 pm

The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) provides a critical opportunity to eliminate race- and income-based disparities in college preparation, enrollment, persistence, and completion. The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) believes that these disparities are caused, at least in part, by inequities at the high school level that lead to inadequate preparation for higher education.

As Congress develops its proposal to reauthorize HEA, All4Ed urges it to include the pieces of legislation described in this fact sheet.

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Accountability, College Remediation, High School Reform, Higher Education, Underperforming Students

Fifteen Things to Know About Student Loan Debt—and What Congress Can Do to Fix It

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October 07, 2019 01:28 pm

Completing additional education after high school has nearly become a prerequisite for a stable career and middle-class income. Yet the total cost of higher education continues to climb, increasing 31 percent at public institutions and 24 percent at private nonprofit institutions in ten years. Consequently, student loans will remain a reality for most students unless, and until, postsecondary education becomes universally accessible and affordable. The facts about the student loan debt crisis paint a stark picture, especially for historically underserved students and those who do not complete a degree.

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Accountability, Financial Aid, Higher Education

Science of Learning: What Educators Need to Know About Adolescent Development

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September 23, 2019 02:22 pm

Adolescence is a time of transition characterized by rapid physical, neurological, cognitive, and socioemotional development. As students move toward adulthood, their bodies and minds change. Those changes affect how they learn and, likewise, should influence how educators interact with youth.

This Alliance for Excellent Education report summarizes the key developmental changes that adolescents experience in their bodies, brains, relationships, identities, and experiences and explains how those changes impact student learning.

The report also recommends ways that educators and other adults can leverage findings from scientific research to create cohesive learning environments that comprehensively address adolescents’ developmental needs.

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning

Perkins Career and Technical Education Primer: Special Populations

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September 16, 2019 03:13 pm

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) reauthorizes and updates the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).

Perkins V includes specific supports for unique demographic groups, referred to in the law as “special populations,” intended for recruiting and retaining these groups in high-quality career and technical education programs and improving their overall academic performance.

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Career & Technical Education, Career and Technical Education

Ten Things to Know About Trauma and Learning

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September 06, 2019 10:10 am

The adolescent brain is malleable, which makes adolescents particularly vulnerable to the impact of trauma. Yet this malleability also presents an opportunity. Since the brain undergoes dramatic changes during adolescence, this period of development offers the chance to heal from trauma experienced early in life when young people receive targeted support and intervention.

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning, Students of Color

Science of Adolescent Learning: How Identity and Empowerment Influence Student Learning

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August 15, 2019 01:39 pm

Changes in their brains, combined with a greater awareness of peers and events around them, make adolescence a key time for students to figure out who they are, what they aspire to be, and what they want to do in the world.

This Alliance for Excellent Education report explores how human identity and self-regulation develop during adolescence and how that development supports adolescents’ sense of agency and ability to influence their surrounding environment.

This report also recommends ways educators, policymakers, and advocates can support the learning and development of adolescent students, including historically underserved students, during this critical time.

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning

Innovating for Equity and Excellence: Perkins V Implementation Recommendations for States

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August 15, 2019 01:37 pm

The new federal CTE law, Perkins V, provides states and local communities with the opportunity to be creative in ensuring that all young people—particularly those from historically underserved groups—are considered in the implementation of the new law, and that high-quality CTE implementation is prioritized and aligned with a state’s overall vision for preparing 21st century learners.

Here we offer concrete recommendations with a focus on equity and quality as a resource to states in the development of their four-year Perkins V state plans. These recommendations were co-developed with several partners in the work, including the Center for American Progress, JFF, the Learning Policy Institute, the Linked Learning Alliance, NAF, and the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc.

 

 

 

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Career & Technical Education, Career and Technical Education, Linked Learning