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Friday June 28, 2013
Early College Equals Early Success
A major study out of AIR this week shows that students who attend early college high school are significantly more likely than peers to enroll in college and earn a degree. (For an easy-to-read 2-page summary, click here.) The multiyear study tracked the outcomes of students at 10 schools in the Early College High School Initiative, which Jobs for the Future has managed since its launch in 2002. Originally funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, early colleges are rigorous, supportive schools designed to serve students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Through...
Tags: Credentials, Dual Enrollment, Early College
Thursday June 20, 2013
This month, the House and Senate both introduced Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposals, spurring a party-line debate on the federal role in education, with Republicans mainly supporting flexible formula funds to states and Democrats mainly embracing formula funds with more standards, reporting, accountability, and improvement provisions attached, as well as federal competitive grants (an interesting turn of events). Last Thursday (June 13), the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed an ESEA bill largely following the Democrats’...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Wednesday June 12, 2013
Moving Beyond Grouping
In the June 9 article, "Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor in Classrooms," the New York Times reports that “ability grouping has re-emerged in classrooms all over the country” and cites increases in the percent of teachers grouping students by ability. With over 650 readers chiming in with comments, it is clear that ability grouping is a topic people have strong opinions about. Teachers interviewed in the article who express a desire to move away from “teaching to the middle” are on the right track in terms of wanting to instruct in a way that recognizes learner difference. But it is...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning