In response to President Obama’s State of the Union proposal for tuition-free community colleges, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni cites “Expectations and Reality,” a report released by America Achieves, and results from the Programme for International Student Assessment, to make the case that students are too often ill-prepared for college.
The America Achieves report produced some startling findings, including the fact that “middle-class parents who expect their kids to finish four-year college degrees are wrong more than half the time.” And PISA testing of 15-year-old students around the world finds that U.S. students are middling in their math and science performance. In short, our K-12 schools are inadequately preparing students for college.
Bruni concludes that, “If we take the right steps — including more aggressive recruitment and rewarding of exemplary teachers and the continued implementation of higher standards — we can help kids at every rung of the economic ladder.”
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The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute have partnered to create a policy maker’s guide to improving school leadership. The school leadership policy toolkit is intended to assist advocacy groups in sifting through leadership research to develop a strategy for making improvements in their own states. The guide identifies […]
The Foundation for Excellence in Education has opened enrollment to their PISA online course for policy and education leaders. As the newest addition to their EdPolicy Leaders online course portfolio, this free, self-paced course takes a deep dive into the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a global […]
The summer 2015 issue of Education Next illustrates the current state of rural education in America by examining its inherent challenges, as well as by identifying steps rural communities can take to improve their academic performance. The article states that “one in four rural children live in poverty, and of the 50 U.S. counties with […]
We live in a society that encourages us to think about how to have a great career but leaves many of us inarticulate about how to cultivate the inner life.” David Brooks, “The Road to Character”