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“ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS TO THE NATIONAL CRISIS IN LITERACY”: Alliance Brief Calls for Alignment Between Literacy Plans and Common Core State Standards: Federal and state leaders have an important role to play in developing comprehensive K–12 literacy plans aligned to the English language arts common core state standards, according to a new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education. The brief, “Engineering Solutions to the National Crisis in Literacy: How to Make Good on the Promise of the Common Core State Standards,” argues that developing these plans is critical to ensuring that all students develop the necessary competencies to graduate from high school ready for college and the modern workplace.
ESEA BRIEFING BOOK: New Fordham Report Identifies Ten “Big Issues” in ESEA Reauthorization: A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute identifies ten big issues that it says must be resolved in order for Congress to finish a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind.
EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT: New Report Focuses on Educational Challenges in the Arab World, Finds Similarities to U.S., but Recommends Vastly Different Solutions: Over the last two months, the Alliance for Excellent Education has released national, state, and metro area data showing the economic impact of cutting the high school dropout rate in half in the United States. In mid-May, the Alliance will release new data showing the economic impact that students of color could have on national and state economies were they provided access to better educational opportunities.
WINNING THE FUTURE: New White House Report Stresses Importance of Better Educational Outcomes for Latino Students to Nation’s Future Success: The nation cannot achieve President Obama’s goal of the United States having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020 without strengthening and expanding educational opportunities for all Latino students, according to a new report from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The report, Winning the Future: Improving Education for the Latino Community, projects that Latinos will account for 60 percent of the nation’s population growth between 2005 and 2050.
PLUGGED IN: Report Offers Lessons Learned from a Latino-Serving, Workforce Development Program: A new report summarizes the successes and challenges of a Latino-serving, community-based, youth workforce development program and provides lessons learned. The initiative, Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success, was developed by the National Council of La Raza in 2001 and is based on an afterschool model to promote economic mobility through educational attainment and career planning.