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Friday April 27, 2012
The following is a response to Learning Matters' forum question, "How do we best prevent dropouts?" Every year, another 1.2 million students drop out of high school. These students too often are concentrated in low-performing, high-poverty schools that fail to graduate them or prepare them for further education or careers. A growing number of educational innovators are developing new Back on Track Through College schools and programs that not only graduate off-track students and young people who have dropped out of school altogether, but help to put them on a pathway to postsecondary...
Tags: Dropout Recovery
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Students at the Center
Alfred Tatum, author of a paper entitled Literacy Practices for African-American Male Adolescents, begins with two heartbreaking quotes from young black males he spoke with: “All my grades are bad and nobody can help me,” said one. “I am a lost soul,” said the other. While Tatum gives credit to this decade’s research advances both in adolescent literacy and in understanding conditions supporting African-American male achievement, he argues that “most school literacy practices continue to miss the mark and suffer from an underestimation of the depths of student needs.” The result: Far too...
Tags: Common Core, Literacy, Student-Centered Learning
Monday April 23, 2012
The national spotlight on improving college completion has never been stronger. The United States needs more college graduates to keep the economy healthy and expand opportunity for those struggling in America today, as nearly any educator and lawmaker will tell you. Campaigns to improve student completion are particularly concerned about the performance of our nation’s community colleges, which paradoxically serve as a major pathway to upward mobility in our society, while simultaneously generating stubbornly low graduation rates. Seeking to test policy levers that can change individual and...
Tags: Developmental Education
Thursday April 19, 2012
Jobs for the Future commends the goals set forth in the Administration’s Blueprint for a reauthorized Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in order to strengthen our nation’s global position in workforce and economic development. The four principles outlined in the blueprint—alignment, collaboration, accountability, and innovation—are important to education reform efforts, particularly to a system that prepares students for credentials and, ultimately, for career success. Strong career and technical education systems enable students, including those who are low income and...
Tags: Career and Technical Education
Wednesday April 18, 2012
The following is a one-page summary of written testimony given by Joel Vargas to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. (For the full written testimony, CLICK HERE you can also watch the full 90-minute hearing.) The early college high school movement is one of largest and most successful secondary school reform initiatives in the United States. Since 2002, early college high schools have achieved a record of success in increasing student achievement, high school graduation rates, college enrollment, and college credit attainment. There are...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College