Research the blueprint

The time has finally come. Earlier this week President Obama sent his “blueprint” to revise the No Child Left Behind Act up to Capital Hill. The major shift in accountability is the proposal to move from expecting students to be “proficient” by 2014 to the expectation students will be “college- and career-ready” by 2020. Furthermore,

Algebra II helps electricians, too

According to an article in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi students who don’t want to go to college may soon have the option to earn a “career-track” diploma, if House Bill 1210 becomes law. If I’ve read the bill correctly, a “career-track” diploma would only require students to pass Algebra I before graduating. Since the politicians

States take aim at college and career readiness

“College and career readiness” has been the buzz phrase in education here in the early part of 2010. The Council of Chief Staff School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) have been leading the effort to create common standards based on college and career readiness, and President Obama has pushed to revamp the Elementary

The silent achievement gap

I’m delighted to see our Chasing the college acceptance letter report making the rounds in the blogosphere and beyond. Some comments on those blog posts have made particular mention of the fact that it has gotten more difficult for qualified low-income students to get into a good college. This got me wondering as well, but unfortunately