Some colleges putting the brakes on accelerated learning programs

There’s an interesting development occurring in the push to prepare high school graduates for college— and it doesn’t bode well, despite the very best intentions. I read with a great deal of interest that a handful of Washington state lawmakers  are eager to expand a pilot program that automatically identifies high-achieving middle and high school

The future is still the future?

Honestly, I’m not a Luddite. But sometimes I feel like I’m playing one here at CPE. Last year we examined what was known — or more accurately what was not known — about online courses and cyberschools, and their overall impact on student learning. The report, Searching for the Reality of Virtual Schools, found that

Celebration of Increased Graduation Rates Should be Mitigated with Realities of Unequal Rigor

Yesterday the Washington Post reported that the Class of 2010 had more on-time high school graduates than any high school class in almost 40 years.  For those of us who’ve followed an unending stream of dire news about America’s public schools, yesterday’s headlines were a welcome change. The data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, and

CPE’s newest intern

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Allison Gulamhussein, and I’ll be contributing to the blog throughout this spring as I complete an internship with the Center for Public Education.  I’m excited to get the opportunity to dialogue with you about pressing issues facing America’s schools. Let me share a