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Impact of Single-Sex Schools in Question

November 15, 2011

Impact of Single-Sex Schools in Question 

A recently published report in the September 2011 issue of the journal Science, questions the effectiveness of Singe-Sex education for improving student Read More…



Report comparing teacher preparation programs in the state of Washington

October 24, 2011

The Gateway to the Profession: Assessing Teacher Preparation Programs in Washington State Based on Student Achievement was released on the September 22, 2011. The study examines the relationship between teacher’s preparation program and it’s impact on student achievement, as measured by growth on the state’s standardized tests. The research employed a value-added methodology to confirm that the program a teacher attends matters when it comes to improving student performance. The study was limited to elementary school teachers and the programs from which they graduated.  Importantly, it was noted that the teacher’s training program accounted for a small percentage of the overall effect (approximately 1%) but that accounts for more of the difference in student performance that the teacher’s experience or degree held.  It is suggested that perhaps it is better to directly assess teacher’s actual classroom performance than on pre-service credentials.

This information may be helpful in recruiting and hiring teachers as well lead to answering questions as to what practices differentiate exemplary programs from their peers.  This knowledge will ultimately assist all teacher training programs improve through adopting practices that have a proven track record of making a difference.



Department of Education Proposes Reform to Teaching Training

October 4, 2011

In September the United States Department of Education released a proposal for revamping teacher preparation in America. The report, Our Future, Our Teachers: The Obama Administration’s Plan for Teacher Education Reform and Improvement, makes the administrations case for effective teacher preparation as a key component of improving American’s education system. Read More…



Education at a Glance 2011 OECD Indicators

September 29, 2011

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published the annual report, Education at a Glance, which highlights the importance of education and a person’s ability to find a job and earn a good living. The OCDE is an international economic organization comprised of 34 countries founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade

According to this report, the global economic crisis has had a significant impact on people without university degrees. Unemployment rates in 2009 among university graduates stood at 4.4% as compared to 11.5% for people who did not complete high school. Graduation trends indicate that 82% of young people internationally will complete the equivalent of high school, but those failing to graduate will face greater challenges in the job market. Unfortunately, in the United States graduation rates are averaging even less at around 75%. The result is over 50% of 15 to 19 year olds who are not in school are unemployed or out of the labor force.

The report called for increased spending on education based to improve the lives of individuals as well as the economic benefit from counties receive for this investment. Better-educated people were reported to be less likely to require unemployment benefits or need welfare. Additionally, better-educated workers contribute more in taxes. A person with a college education will pay back an average $91,000 in income taxes and social contributions above what the government has invested for his or her degree.

The report found that between 2000 and 2008, education expenditure increased at a faster rate than GDP in 25 of the 32 countries examined. Unfortunately, the current financial climate may have a negative impact on countries future abilities to continue investing in education.

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Department Of Education Approves Waivers To Nclb Requirements

September 27, 2011

Congress failure to reauthorize NCLB since 2007 has placed the nations schools in a precarious position. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told Congress that the department of education estimates that 82 percent of America’s schools could fail to meet education goals set by No Child Left Behind this year. About 38,000 of 100,000 public schools fell short of their test-score targets last year, and Mr. Read More…



Evaluating Principal Performance

July 27, 2011

The importance of teachers in promoting student achievement has been the topic of discussion in education circles for the past decade. During this period the role the principal plays in the building effective schools has received much less attention. The July 2011 release by Integrated Leadership Development Initiative and WestEd changes this by focusing on the principal with the publishing of paper on the available research for evaluating principal’s performance. Read More…



Georgia Investigates High Stakes Test Cheating

July 14, 2011

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement released official results from their investigation into cheating on the state 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). All public school students residing in the state of Georgia in grades 1-8 are required to take the CRCT in reading, English and math. Students in grades 3-8 also take science and social studies exams. Read More…



The Challenge of Shadow Education

June 14, 2011

Across Europe, parents are paying privately to provide their children with enhanced “ shadow” education opportunities outside of the state-provided education. Parallel to public education systems in the European Union (EU) are shadow education systems of private supplementary tutoring. These have grown Read More…