It depends on how you define college

You’ll probably see some headlines today about the U.S. falling in yet another global ranking: this one about how many young adults finish college. Before you sigh over a declining country, or roll your eyes at an “education-bashing” story, though, take a look at the statistics. They raise a more interesting question than the usual

How does your state’s standard compare?

Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the U.S. Department of Education released a new report, Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2009. The report enables states to compare the rigor of their standards for proficiency in fourth and eighth grades in both math and reading to that of other states. To

Lively debate over the “Multiple Pathways” movement gaining momentum

On Tuesday Education Week released Diplomas Count 2011: Beyond High School, Before Baccalaureate, its annual publication charting high school graduation rates at the district, state, and national level.  As you saw in the post on Tuesday it was a momentous day in many respects, as grad rates soared to their highest level since the 1980s,

Thinking better of it

Question: If you graduate from high school not college or career ready, what exactly are you fit for? Hawaii’s Board of Education is apparently trying to answer that question by rethinking a decision it just made about high school diploma requirements. It had designated two diploma tracks, one “college and career ready,” which required students