Saturday, June 27, 2009

Assessment report

This report compiles analyses and policy recommendations on developing common standards and assessments, supporting timely use of data to inform decisions and to improve teaching and learning, and investing in research to prepare high school students for the global economy.
Pinkus, L. (2009). Meaningful Measurement: The Role of Assessments in Improving High School Education in the Twenty-First Century. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Education accountability survey

Presents findings from a 2008-09 state-by-state survey of progress in aligning standards, graduation requirements, assessments, data systems, and accountability systems with colleges' and employers' expectations. Charts trends and lists resources.
Achieve, Inc. (February 2009). Closing the Expectations Gap 2009. Washington, DC: Achieve.

Education policy report

Outlines the need to improve the K-12 and higher education systems to close the projected skills gap in the labor force. Recommends reducing high school dropout rates and increasing community college transfer rates and graduation rates at state colleges.
Johnson, Hans. (June 2009). Educating California: Choices for the Future. Sacramento: Public Policy Institute of California.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Computer Science Gender Gap Study

Research Reveals Another STEM Gender Gap: Computer Science
If the attitudes of high school students are a good predictor of eventual career choices, the future will continue to see computer science fields dominated by males. According to new research released by ACM and the W GBH Educational Foundation, compared with girls, more than twice as many boys see computer science as a "good" or "very good" choice as a college major. What's more, four times as many boys cited computer science as a "very good" career choice.