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I've been enjoying the posts on how to interpret the PISA math scores. Everyone agrees that average math performance among American 15 year olds is disappointing with the US ranking 36th among 65 nations and subregions.
Michael Petrilli wrote a piece, PISA and Occam’s Razor, arguing that poverty might not the reason the US fares so poorly and thinks, perhaps, there's a problem with teaching.…Continue
Posted by Jill Barshay on December 12, 2013 at 5:26pm
Top U.S. students, those that are among the top 10 percent of the population, lag far behind the top students in the highest achieving countries, a gap that is far bigger than the gap between the bottom students in the United States and elsewhere. That's if you measure it by the results of the 2012 PISA test, given to 15 year olds across the world.
I wanted to dig deeper into the 2012 PISA test results, released Dec. 3, 2013, to see not just how the average American 15-year-old…Continue
Posted by Jill Barshay on December 6, 2013 at 2:11pm
The latest results are out for the PISA international assessment, and students in the United States remain in the middle of the pack in reading, mathematics, and science. The exam, created by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is designed as a "global metric" to compare public education systems around the world. This year more than 65 countries and jurisdictions took part in the exam, which is administered to 15-year-old students.
Catch up with EWA's summary of the results and the work by EWA members here.
Despite the pushback, the Common Core is fast becoming a reality across the country. What does that mean for education and the journalists who cover it? Are the standards making a dramatic difference in the way teachers work? How well have school districts planned their curricula around Common Core?
And of course there are the tests that’ll give the standards a common metric to measure student achievement across state lines—how are they panning out?
An education initiative this sweeping deserves the scrutiny it’s receiving, and EWA is offering a wide array of resources for reporters on covering the Common Core rollout. Up next: Our intensive, one-day training for journalists in the nation’s capital will explore the many facets of the standards and assessments. To prepare our guest journalists for this Monday, November 4 event, we’ve assembled a backgrounder on key coverage and analysis that’ll help reporters get up to speed on the issues we’ll be covering.
The new Common Core State Standards, fully adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, are poised to remake the business of schooling from Massachusetts to California.
The Hechinger Report sent reporters around the country to find out how Common Core is shifting how students learn and teachers teach and what's working and what's not.
As 45 states plus the District of Columbia roll out the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English, teachers, parents, students and reporters will encounter a new set of practices many scholars say are necessary to improve K-12 learning across the country.
These common signposts that are expected to greatly alter the education landscape.
This week experts on the new standards weighed in on how instruction will change as states fully implement the new standards during an Education Writers Association webinar.
Many of the changes are subtle, such as what gets taught when and which conceptual devices best relay the subjects covered in the Common Core. The standards aren't just limited to English and math. Science and social science teachers will contribute by assigning informational material that eases students into the specific vocabulary and terms used in those subjects. Words like “hypothesize” and “predict” that have a specific meaning will be practiced so students can understand more complex material in the later grades.
Here's a summary of what the experts said; there’s much more information in the actual webinar (see power point slides).
Where Do Veterans Enroll?
In July 2013, the Government Accountability Office released a comprehensive report of student veteran activity.
Among the findings:
The report noted that roughly 5 percent of U.S. colleges and universities received 60 percent of all Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit dollars.
The GAO reviewed schools that receive a large amount of GI Bill funds. Below is a chart characterizing all institutions that took in at least $2 million in GI Bill payments. Within this group of schools, for-profit institutions took in the most dollars, and their students received the highest average benefits amount.
Read the rest of the fact sheet here.
President Barack Obama announced today a sweeping set of proposals aimed at reining in the cost of attending college that would include a new rating system for institutions, tying federal aid for students and schools to student performance, and an outreach drive to enroll student loan borrowers into federal repayment programs.
The White House circulated a fact sheet this morning that outlines the president's goals. Many of the president’s proposals would require congressional approval before they take off. Some, like tying student federal aid to course completion, are likely to be a hit among Republican lawmakers, but many Capitol Hill watchers are skeptical Congress can agree on a bill given its recent troubles in passing legislation.
There are several big-ticket programs embedded in the Obama administration's plan, including a $1 billion higher education Race to the Top competition to encourage states to pare college costs and $500 million in Department of Labor funds to community colleges and four-year institutions that promise to expand and promote certificate and degree completion among adult learners and workers. The college Race to the Top plan was first floated in the president's budget proposal earlier this year.
[Many of the proposals unveiled today will be explored in greater detail at EWA’s Higher Education Seminar, which will take place in Boston September 27-28. All interested reporters are welcome; scholarships to cover lodging, registration and transportation expenses are available.]
Here you'll find a roundup of reports and analysis from news sites and policy shops.
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