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Gonzalez, Jennifer – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
In early 2000, Florida's workforce wasn't keeping pace with demand. The state decided that a then-novel credential, a bachelor's degree from a community college, was the solution. The plan is working. The new bachelor's degrees initially focused on education, health care, and information technology. Even as the job market has shrunk, demand has…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Market, Bachelors Degrees, Educational Change
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2009
Twenty-five years ago, the still-resonant report "A Nation at Risk" urged schools to add more time--an hour to the usual six hour day and 20-40 days to the typical 180-day ear--to ward off a "rising tide of mediocrity" in American education. Today, city, school, state, and national leaders are engaged in a renewed effort to do…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Time Factors (Learning), Poverty, Minority Groups
Chamberlin, Molly; Plucker, Jonathan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2008
Over the past decade, a wave of education reform has swept the nation. Yet the general public remains largely unaware of it, even though the reforms are arguably among the most successful public policy initiatives of the past quarter century. One reform that has the potential to leave its mark for many years is the P-16 initiative. This article…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Transitional Programs, College Preparation, Developmental Studies Programs
Chmelynski, Carol – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2006
In this article, the author discusses the controversial decision of the school board from the Broward County, Florida to start the school year on August 9. School boards across the country that are grappling with the idea of starting school earlier in the year are increasingly running up against strong opposition from parents. In many districts,…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, School Districts, Parent Attitudes, School Administration
Adam, Michelle – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
Twelve years ago, Sanford Shugart took the helm at Valencia College. This school of 70,000-plus students in Orlando, FL, seemed like any other community college, but Shugart's reason for being there, and the change this college was about to undergo, was anything but ordinary. Before his arrival, the school had begun a process called Campus…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Student Experience, Higher Education
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
A new data analysis, based on data collected as part of The Broad Prize process, provides insights into which large urban school districts in the United States are doing the best job of educating traditionally disadvantaged groups: African-American, Hispanics, and low-income students. Since 2002, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has awarded The…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, School Effectiveness, African American Students
Balfanz, Robert; Byrnes, Vaughan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
America's education system is based on the assumption that barring illness or an extraordinary event, students are in class every weekday. So strong is this assumption that it is not even measured. It is the rare state education department, school district, or principal that can tell one how many students have missed 10% or more of the school year…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Average Daily Attendance, Educational Change, School Restructuring
Hines, Gary – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Sometimes all it takes is a little fate to accomplish something great, or in this case, something green. The Broward County Public School (BCPS) District shows how a natural disaster (Hurricane Wilma) inspired a green revolution. This article presents the five steps that the Broward County School District followed in implementing an Environmental…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, School Districts, Counties, Public Schools
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The Common Core State Standards' emphasis on informational text arose in part from research suggesting that employers and college instructors found students weak at comprehending technical manuals, scientific and historical journals, and other texts pivotal to work in those arenas. The common core's vision of informational text includes literary…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Reading Comprehension, Nonfiction
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
The author reports on a new study which reveals that the lowest-performing public K-8 schools often linger in that state for years, neither improving enough to get off accountability life support nor being shuttered completely. The study adds that persistently failing charter schools fare no better than regular public schools. Of 2,025 chronically…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Effectiveness, Disadvantaged Schools, Elementary Schools
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
This article reports on a new study released by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) of states with five years of comparable test data which finds that student achievement in reading and math rose between 2005 and 2009 on state tests as well as on National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). The report also finds overlapping achievement gains…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Achievement Tests, State Standards
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Most experts in the testing community have presumed that the $350 million promised by the U.S. Department of Education to support common assessments would promote those that made greater use of open-ended items capable of measuring higher-order critical-thinking skills. But as measurement experts consider the multitude of possibilities for an…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Test Items, Comparative Analysis, Multiple Choice Tests
Ladner, Matthew; Lips, Dan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
A major debate among education reformers over how best to reduce the achievement gap broke out during the 2008 presidential campaign. Most advocates on both sides backed Barack Obama, but they urged him to pursue different policies. The Education Equality Project (EEP) supported a continuation of accountability and other school-focused reforms.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, School Choice, Demography, Educational Change
Schachter, Ron – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
STEM--shorthand for "science, technology, engineering, and mathematics"--has been part of the school improvement discussion for more than a decade, as educational leaders and policy makers have underscored the importance of these areas in an internationally competitive, 21st-century economy. But building and implementing programs that…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Science Teachers, Private Financial Support
Young, Jeffrey R. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
The best way to eliminate grade inflation is to take professors out of the grading process: Replace them with professional evaluators who never meet students and don't worry that students will punish harsh grades with poor reviews. That's the argument made by leaders of Western Governors University, which has hired 300 adjunct professors who do…
Descriptors: Grading, Evaluators, Outsourcing, Computers
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