|| Education Reform - What it Looks Like, What Works
Today, the Obama administration announced $500 million for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grants. Get the details and share your input here.
Education Reform Up Close and Personal
The global economy means global competition - those without good literacy skills will be consigned to the low-wage job market. That's the message of the Alliance for Excellent Education's new report "A Time for Deeper Learning." The Boys' Initiatve summarizes the data - boys and young men are falling behind in getting the level of education this economy requires.
"While America's students are stuck in a ditch, the rest of the world is moving ahead." For a top-down look at what's wrong with our school system, Joel Klein "tells all" and "tells-it-to-the-unions" in the Atlantic Monthly.
For a look at what reform can look like at the ground-level, read Helen Zelon's report on a new principal and the closing of a beloved school in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
So What Should We Do?
Taking the long view, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a day-long panel on what we've learned about the effectiveness of federal education initiatives over the last 50 years.
Here's what others are saying, including some specific recommendations for ESEA reauthorization:
Reducing class size is a popular, and effective, way to improve learning, but two Brookings analysts question whether it provides the most for the buck.
Establishing common standards for what's to be learned is a first good step, but how we measure achievement will be key to improving student success, says this report from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and Policy Analysis for California Education.
What does literacy mean for a toddler? Stories, verbal give-and-take, hearing and trying lots of new words. Zero to Three's new policy brief recommends ways ESEA reauthorization can help prevent an early vocabulary and language gap, engaging and educating parents and caregivers to provide a language-rich environment.
As for science and math, the Education Commission for the States identifies promising and research-based approaches for enhancing student interest and achievement in STEM disciplines--science, technology, engineering, and math--including approaches that come with a smaller state-budget price tag.
May 26 Webinar: Engineering a Solution to the National Literacy Crisis
A minority of eighth-grade and twelfth-grade read at a proficient level. The Alliance for Excellent Education offers this webinar on ways to engineer a solution to the national literacy crisis.
Don't Gut Education Programs
If tax expenditures are off the table, what's on the table? Education Trust warns that Title I funding is at risk in ESEA negotiations on Capitol Hill.
EdWeek says the House bill on ESEA reauthorization would eliminate 43 education programs.