PIAAC Insights on People with Learning Disabilities in the U.S.: Its Impact on Education

“Have you ever been diagnosed or identified as having a learning disability?” Both household and incarcerated populations were asked this question in the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). As shown in Figure 1, among the U.S. household population (16-74 years old), 8 percent reported having a learning disability, but among the

Good News and Bad News in the CDC Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on youth risk behavior surveillance in the United States on June 15, 2018. The data come from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), including a national school-based Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). CDC and state/local education and health agencies jointly conducted the survey.

Mapping NAEP 8th Grade Math Achievement through the EDGE Program: What Do We See?

Education statistics are on the map. This was the theme of the 2018 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference (July 25-27, 2018), “Visualizing the Future of Education through Data.” The EDGE program is a collaborative product between the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the U.S. Census Bureau. To make data informative and intuitive to parents,

CPE’s New Study: An Ongoing Dialog between Educators in Finland and U.S.

Finnish education has been a hot topic since 2003 when Finland ranked first in both science and reading, and second in mathematics in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The report, released this week by the Center for Public Education (CPE) “adds to our insights into the Finnish education system”, remarked CPE Director Patte

Apprenticeship Model—Narrowing the Skills Gap and Making School More Relevant (Part 2)

“When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening test geared toward a ninth-grade education.”     This report