“All-time high” graduation rates, and what they mean
Nationwide, nearly 3 million students take remedial classes once they get to college, according to the Wall Street Journal. In 2012, the makers of the ACT college entrance exam said some 60 percent of high school graduates are not ready for higher education.
Learning from experience
Just as the 529 tax plan was a misguided proposal, the Common Core testing regime is a train wreck. In 2013, Florida abandoned the consortium designing one of the tests, Tennessee left last year, and Mississippi left in January.
Students winning in court
These flexible debit cards allow students to pay for K-12 expenses like private school tuition and tutoring as well as college tuition and fees. Parents can also use the accounts to save for college.
Whither remedial classes?
Some lawmakers are relying on high school diplomas as the main indicator of student readiness for college and whether or not a student needs remedial work. Unfortunately, the spotty and often poor quality of education that students receive in K-12 schools is what causes students to need remediation.
2014 Election: The rest of the results
Illinoisans voted in favor of a 3 percent tax increase for millionaires in order to collect more money for schools, although this referendum was not attached to a binding proposal to raise taxes. Before residents get too excited about sticking it to the rich, they should talk to Maryland residents. In 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that one year after passing a millionaire tax, “one-third of millionaires … disappeared from Maryland tax rolls.” In fact, tax revenue collected from state millionaires actually declined after the tax was passed.
School choice and helping students find a home
Lawmakers should give homeless students access to flexible educational options and private school scholarships so that children in these families can have the same quality options as children from middle class and wealthier families. These choices will help break the cycle of poverty and give at-risk children hope for the future.
Not-So-Secret Agenda: How the U.S. Dept. of Education Politicizes “Surveys”
The U.S. Department of Education is conducting a survey that looks suspiciously like an effort to drum up support for federal programs.
The Three New M’s Of Education Reform: Minorities, Millennials And Moderates
During the campaign season, there are plenty of politicians promising to better education by increasing spending.
True or False?–More taxpayers dollars spent equals better education
Just in time for campaign season, new polling data and empirical research tackle the issue of education funding and its relationship to student achievement.
The puzzle of alumni giving
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that colleges are struggling to engage their alumni in giving campaigns. While development officers adopt new marketing strategies, evidence indicates that the source of the problem is the poor relationship that colleges develop with their students during their time on campus.