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,

High school grads completing more rigorous courses

 Good news about our nation’s high school graduates came out last week. A NCES report found that 2009 graduates earned more credits (one credit equal one full year course) during their high school careers. As a matter of fact, 2009 graduates earned 27.2 credits compared to 23.6 credits for 1990 graduates. Such an increase may

Class size vs. teacher quality

Yesterday, I wrote about how research clearly shows that class size does matter for poor and minority students in the early grades. However, as the NBC Nightly News segment also pointed out, critics of smaller class sizes argue that increasing class size can give a greater number of students an opportunity to be taught by