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Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation

March 19, 2015 Comments off

Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation
Source: U.S. Department of Education

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the growth for all students in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

What’s more, the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas narrowed over that time, the data show.

Public Elementary and Secondary School Arts Education Instructors

March 6, 2015 Comments off

Public Elementary and Secondary School Arts Education Instructors
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

This Statistics in Brief uses data from two administrations of the Fast Response Survey System to present findings related to the different types of school staff (e.g., full-time staff, part time staff) used to provide arts instruction in public elementary and secondary schools; the extent to which public elementary schools used arts specialists (i.e., education professionals with a teaching certificate in an arts discipline who provide separate instruction in that discipline) to provide arts education to students; and the prevalence of arts instruction facilities in public elementary schools.

New Guidance to Help Protect Student Privacy in Educational Sites and Apps

March 3, 2015 Comments off

New Guidance to Help Protect Student Privacy in Educational Sites and Apps
Source: U.S. Department of Education

When signing up for a new technology, digital service, or app, there’s a simple little check box near the end that most of us don’t give much thought. But for schools and districts, agreeing to a terms of service agreement could have big implications for student privacy.

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education released model terms of service guidance to help schools identify which online educational services and apps have strong privacy and data security policies to protect our students.

Some terms of service agreements are a tough read, even for lawyers, so the hope is that our new guidance will help school officials decide what’s right for their school and students.

Today’s guidance helps officials look for provisions that would allow the service or company to market to students or parents, provisions on how data is collected, used, shared, transferred, and destroyed, and it also guides schools on making sure they’re satisfying parental access requirements, as well as proper security controls.

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)

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