A Three-year Bachelor’s Degree

Writing for AEI, Michael Poliakoff makes a case for a three-year Bachelor’s degree. Excerpts from the piece appear below: College students, regardless of their majors or professional programs, need a rigorous liberal arts core curriculum. That curriculum must efficiently develop college-level skills and knowledge in the arts and sciences disciplines that are necessary for success Read more about A Three-year Bachelor’s Degree[…]

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Early College High Schools May Pay for Themselves in the Long Run

Some solutions in education are expensive. Take early college high schools, which give students a head start on their college degrees but cost about $3,800 extra per student. Are they worth it? New research suggests that these schools might actually pay for themselves in long-term benefits to both students and the public as a whole. Read more about Early College High Schools May Pay for Themselves in the Long Run[…]

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Early-College High School Students More Likely to Earn Postsecondary Degrees

Building on a previous randomized experiment of the impact of Early Colleges (ECs) (Berger et al., 2013), the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has released a new follow-up study that assesses the longer-term impacts of ECs on students’ postsecondary outcomes 6 years after expected high school graduation. Using data from the National Student Clearinghouse, researchers Read more about Early-College High School Students More Likely to Earn Postsecondary Degrees[…]

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Recommendations for Early College High School Programs

A working group that includes members from some of the country’s most influential education groups released new recommendations aimed at high school programs offering college credit. These programs, often dual-enrollment partnerships with local colleges, have grown in popularity, as have concerns about the rigor, costs and ultimate impact on college success.   The group, convened Read more about Recommendations for Early College High School Programs[…]

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Mentoring Program Posts 81% College Persistence Rate

Writing for The 74, Kate Stringer reviews a new randomized controlled trial that finds that one-on-one, in-person mentoring that starts in high school and continues through university study can have a significant effect on college persistence rates for low-income students. Excerpts from the article appear below: A college mentoring program aimed at getting low-income and Read more about Mentoring Program Posts 81% College Persistence Rate[…]

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New Postsecondary Data Includes Expanded Look at College Completion

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released new data that provide a more comprehensive look at the percentage of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are successfully completing postsecondary education. Unlike the previously reported graduation rates, the new Outcome Measures (OM) account for non-traditional students, such as those who attend part time or have transferred schools. Read more about New Postsecondary Data Includes Expanded Look at College Completion[…]

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AIR Examines Evidence on Early-College High Schools

The College & Career Readiness & Success Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has released a new brief, Evidence-Based Practices to Support College and Career Readiness in High School: Early College High School. Early-college high schools are a partnership between secondary and postsecondary institutions and businesses that allow students to earn both a Read more about AIR Examines Evidence on Early-College High Schools[…]

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Charter School Students Graduating From College at Three to Five Times National Average

Writing for The 74, Richard Whitmire explores new data that show charter school students are graduating from college at three- to five-times the national average. Excerpts from his article appear below: About a decade ago, 15 years into the public charter school movement, a few of the nation’s top charter networks quietly upped the ante Read more about Charter School Students Graduating From College at Three to Five Times National Average[…]

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Educational Progress and Challenges by Race and Ethnicity

The number of students finishing high school has increased over time for students in all racial/ethnic groups. However, the rate of progress has varied and racial/ethnic gaps persist. The National Center for Education Statistics released a new report in July entitled Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups, 2017. This report Read more about Educational Progress and Challenges by Race and Ethnicity[…]

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New Report on the Condition of Education in the United States

The National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2017 on May 25, a congressionally mandated report that summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. This year’s report provides new analyses on a wide range of issues, including homelessness in public schools and student persistence in postsecondary education. Read more about New Report on the Condition of Education in the United States[…]

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NCES releases Digest of Education Statistics

The latest edition of the Digest of Education Statistics is a compilation of a wide array of data about education, including new information about important issues in public education. The Digest, compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a comprehensive statistical reference for all levels of education, from prekindergarten through graduate school. Read more about NCES releases Digest of Education Statistics[…]

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The Good News in Education

In a sea of bad news, Dick Startz, writing for the Brown Center Chalkboard at Brookings, reflects on the good news in American education: Graduation rates are up Over the last fifteen years, high school graduation rates have risen. The vast majority of adults have a high school diploma. White, Black, and Hispanic graduation rates Read more about The Good News in Education[…]

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New Report Examines the Status and Trends of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Education

The percentage of students completing high school and enrolling in college has increased over time for all racial and ethnic groups, according to a newly released report. However, despite these gains, the rate of progress has varied among groups, and gaps persist on key indicators of educational performance. The National Center for Education Statistics recently Read more about New Report Examines the Status and Trends of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Education[…]

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States’ Accountability Systems Flawed for College Readiness, Report Finds

For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. Having the right policies is necessary to ensure that students graduate academically prepared for college and careers, but policy alone is insufficient. Read more about States’ Accountability Systems Flawed for College Readiness, Report Finds[…]

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Grad Gap Wider than Enrollment Gap Among Poor

A new longitudinal study highlights the stark reality in the U.S. that class matters far more than academic achievement up to grade 12 in terms of graduating from college. Simply put, even the lowest achieving rich students have a higher likelihood of graduating from college than do the highest achieving poor students. In 2002, researchers Read more about Grad Gap Wider than Enrollment Gap Among Poor[…]

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New Federal College Scorecard Focuses on Cost-Benefit

President Obama has announced the launch of a new College Scorecard, meant to help students and parents identify which schools provide the biggest bang for your buck. Designed with input from those who will use it most, the Scorecard offers reliable data on factors important to prospective students, such as how much graduates earn, and Read more about New Federal College Scorecard Focuses on Cost-Benefit[…]

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