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Early High School Dropouts: What Are Their Characteristics?

February 20, 2015 Comments off

Early High School Dropouts: What Are Their Characteristics?
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

This Data Point uses data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) to examine the extent to which high school students drop out of school between the ninth and eleventh grade and how dropout rates vary by sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. HSLS:09 is a nationally representative, longitudinal study of more than 23,000 ninth-graders in 2009. HSLS:09 surveyed students, their parents, math and science teachers, school administrators, and school counselors.

School Practices and Accountability for Students With Disabilities

February 17, 2015 Comments off

School Practices and Accountability for Students With Disabilities (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences

The purpose of the study is to provide policy-relevant information about the education of students with disabilities by examining their inclusion in school accountability systems, and the use of school practices that may relate to their educational outcomes, in both schools that are accountable and schools that are not accountable for the performance of the SWD subgroup. The hypothesis underlying the study is that school- level accountability for the SWD subgroup may lead schools to adopt different school and instructional practices with the goal of improving the educational outcomes for this student population. While this study does not assess the effectiveness of these practices, the de scription of differences in school practices may identify topics for further research.

This report presents descriptive findings focusing on school practices related to staffing, student support, instructional time, educational placements, teacher collaboration, and professional development in schools explicitly held accountable for the performance of the SWD subgroup (i.e., “SWD – accountable schools”) and schools that are not accountable for the performance of the SWD subgroup (i.e., “non- SWD – accountable sc hools”).

Gender Differences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Interest, Credits Earned, and NAEP Performance in the 12th Grade

February 12, 2015 Comments off

Gender Differences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Interest, Credits Earned, and NAEP Performance in the 12th Grade
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

This Statistics in Brief describes high school graduates’ attitudes toward STEM courses (specifically, mathematics and science), credits earned in STEM fields, and performance on the NAEP mathematics and science assessments in 2009.

Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2011-12 (Fiscal Year 2012)

February 2, 2015 Comments off

Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2011-12 (Fiscal Year 2012)
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

The report provides finance data for all local education agencies (LEAs) that provide free public elementary and secondary (PK-12) education in the United States. Specifically, this report includes findings from the following types of school finance data:

  • Revenue and expenditure totals by state and the 100 largest LEAs;
  • LEA revenues by federal, state, and local revenues by source;
  • Expenditures by function and object totals by state;
  • Current expenditures per pupil by state and the 100 largest LEAs;
  • Interest on debt; and
  • Capital outlay.

See also: Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2011–12 (Fiscal Year 2012)

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education

January 8, 2015 Comments off

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education
Source: U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) today released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.

The guidance explains schools’ obligations to:

  • identify English learner students in a timely, valid and reliable manner;
  • offer all English learner students an educationally sound language assistance program;
  • provide qualified staff and sufficient resources for instructing English learner students;
  • ensure English learner students have equitable access to school programs and activities;
  • avoid unnecessary segregation of English learner students from other students;
  • monitor students’ progress in learning English and doing grade-level classwork;
  • remedy any academic deficits English learner students incurred while in a language assistance program;
  • move students out of language assistance programs when they are proficient in English and monitor those students to ensure they were not prematurely removed;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of English learner programs; and
  • provide limited English proficient parents with information about school programs, services, and activities in a language they understand.

Almost 5 million students in the United States are English learners—about 9 percent of all public school students. From 2002 to 2011, the percentage of English learners in public schools increased in 40 states and the District of Columbia, and currently three out of every four public schools enroll English learner students.

Findings From the First-Grade Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11

January 5, 2015 Comments off

Findings From the First-Grade Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

This brief report provides a first look at the overall first-grade reading, math, and science achievement of the students who were attending kindergarten for the first time in the 2010-11 school year and who advanced to first grade for the 2011-12 school year. The report uses new data from the first-grade rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011). Reading, mathematics, and science assessment scores in the fall and spring of first grade are shown, both overall and by selected child and family characteristics.

For Public Feedback: A College Ratings Framework

December 22, 2014 Comments off

For Public Feedback: A College Ratings Framework
Source: U.S. Department of Education

Based on extensive consultation with stakeholders and experts, the Department has now released a draft framework for the ratings system for further public comment. We will continue to refine the ratings system over time based on user and institutional experience, input from the field, and the availability of additional data.

The purposes of the ratings system are:

  • To help colleges and universities measure, benchmark, and improve across shared principles of access, affordability, and outcomes.
  • To provide better information about college value to students and families to support them as they search for select a college,
  • To generate reliable, useful data that policymakers and the public can use to hold America’s colleges and universities accountable for key performance measures. In the future this can be used to help align incentives for colleges to serve students from all backgrounds well by focusing on the shared principles of access, affordability, and outcomes; ensuring wise and effective use of $150 billion in financial aid.
  • In additional to federal efforts, and those of individual institutions, we believe the ratings system can help inform policy, accreditation and funding decisions by states education authorities, policies and practices of accreditors and others.
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