College and Career-Readiness Tag

CAP “Blueprint” for Alternative High Schools and Accountability

This month, the Center for American Progress released a report that provides recommendations that aim to improve stakeholders’ “ability to conduct much-needed investigation into the experience of students in alternative schools, while striking a balance between accurate measurement and rigorous expectations.” ESSA “requires that proficiency...

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Tough Proficiency Standards Sticking Under ESSA?

Kevin Mahnken reports for The 74 on the findings of a new study from Education Next Editor and Harvard professor Paul Peterson and Harvard postdoctoral fellow Daniel Hamlin, which finds that “proficiency standards on state tests have grown more stringent over the past few years,...

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State Grad Requirements Not Making the Grade for Public Universities

A recent Center for American Progress report finds that while high school graduation rates have soared in recent years “in the vast majority of states, simply attaining a high school diploma does not qualify students to attend a public university.” Study co-author Laura Jimenez said, “There really just isn’t...

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Nearly $200M in STEM, Computer Science Grants Up for Grabs

According to Michelle Molnar at EdWeek Market Brief, “education companies can partner with educational entities to apply for new federal funds aimed at STEM learning and computer science education in K-12 schools.” Two U.S. Department of Education programs—each with “a focus on expanding access and...

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ESSA and Bolstering STEM, Computer Science

In this latest installment of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, Jillian Aicher, a Georgetown University student, asks: “Does ESSA include a designated funding stream for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or computer science? How can districts leverage ESSA for STEM?” Ed Week’s...

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Ten Schools Chosen for New Mexico High School Training Initiative

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Public Education Department has selected 10 schools to participate in its inaugural High School Redesign Network, a three-year training initiative. “The network is a powerful opportunity to re-imagine our students’ high school experience to meet the demands...

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ESSA Driving Focus on Career and Technical Ed?

Meghan Mangrum reports in the Chattanooga Times Free Press that as districts in Tennessee and across the Southeast “seek to improve student achievement and states roll out plans” to comply with ESSA, “many of them have quietly—and not so quietly—moved toward enhancing career and technical...

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NGSS Outlines Stem Funding in Budget

Next Generation Science Standards takes a deep dive into the federal budget to see how STEM programs make out in terms of funding for the next fiscal year. They report that “STEM advocates are celebrating increased funding for programs and initiatives in” ESSA, several of...

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“What’s Up” With State Grad Rates?

“I guess it’s good news that Missouri’s graduation rate in 2017 was nearly 90 percent—higher than the national average,” writes Susan Pendergrass, director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute, in the Columbia Daily Tribune. “But have we really put those students on the ‘path...

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Grad Rates Don’t Necessarily = College and Career Readiness

MinnPost reports that, in light of the U.S. Department of Education’s recent approval of Minnesota’s ESSA plan, “establishing high graduation expectations seems essential to ensuring the state has a more equitable public education system.” But the gains so often celebrated on this issue are being...

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