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27 Feb 2014
Career and technical education teachers make up about 11 percent of all public high school teachers across the country. In this blog post, Jane Coggshall shares data and figures to give an overall picture of who they are.
10 Jan 2014
A decade ago, the U.S. Department of Education began reporting “Student Right To Know” graduation rates for America’s colleges and universities. While this federally mandated measure is flawed, it still captures the completion statistics of one of the nation’s largest groups of students. As this blog post shows, the news isn’t good; since accreditation is one of American higher education’s key gate-keeping mechanisms, maybe we should be more concerned about whether students graduate and rethink accrediting these failure factories.
6 Feb 2014
The Washington Post conducted a fascinating analysis last week of how much time President Obama devoted in his State of the Union Address to each of his main policy concerns. In this blog post, Peter Cookson suggests that the President spent so much time discussing education and equality of opportunity because years of education are highly correlated to higher incomes and more secure employment—the gateways to equality of opportunity.
18 Feb 2014
The Department of Education held a technical symposium last week to discuss what kind of data and analysis the federal government should use for President Obama’s accessibility, affordability, and outcomes rating for U.S. colleges. In this blog post, Andrew Gillen discusses the takeaways.
6 Mar 2014
Projections of Education Statistics to 2022, the 41st edition of NCES’ annual forecast of future trends in important education indicators, notes a number of education trends. In this blog post, Mark Schneider discusses two: the increasing number of associate’s and master’s degrees compared to bachelor's degrees, and the fact that more women continue to enroll in colleges and universities than men.
6 Jun 2014
Early learning has few detractors, but publicly supported prekindergarten has many. In this blog post, Susan Muenchow cites a recent AIR study that refutes the main objections and makes the case for free early childhood programs.
19 Sep 2014
Is adopting academic standards and increasing pressure on teachers has made it more difficult to attract academically talented people into teaching? Not according to Dan Goldhaber, who cites his own research in this blog post, showing that the average SAT score of college graduates who went on to become teachers in 2008 was greater than that of college graduates who opted for other occupations, reversing a long-term trend.
30 Oct 2014
Of all the talks that parents should have with their children, a frank conversation about college costs and debt should be the least uncomfortable. In this blog post, Donna Desrochers discusses the importance of talking with teenagers about real college costs and the real life consequences of one of the biggest decisions of their lives.
13 Nov 2014
According to new AIR analysis of an international survey, a surprisingly large number of adults in the United States cannot apply reading or math skills to solve simple real life problems. In this blog post, Dan Sherman discusses the PIACC results he says educators, researchers, and policymakers need to explore to help improve adults' chances in a demanding job market.