What does PIAAC tell us about an education gap among people with learning disabilities?

Low educational attainment and high school dropout rates are factors that affect the skills level of people with learning disabilities. According to the OECD Technical Report, PIAAC uses the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) for each level of educational attainment, and enables researchers to convert each of those levels to total years of schooling

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

The unfinished business of school discipline

Educators are doing something right inside our public school buildings. While it’s not often reported, indicators of disciplinary problems have been showing steady declines in recent decades, including for such serious infractions as gang activity, physical threats of violence, and weapons carried on school property. But it’s too early to start high-fiving. A new study

Closing the achievement gap means closing the word gap

The achievement gap between low income students and their more affluent peers has been well documented and can start even when students enter their first day of kindergarten.  In the elementary school I taught at in Tulsa, OK, I saw students come in and perform below grade level on their kindergarten benchmark assessment at the

Testing, opt outs and equity

Spring heralds the return of many things – tulips, bare pavement, baseball, and for millions of public schoolkids, state tests. This year, however, the inevitable proved to be largely evitable. April tulips weren’t seen until late May. Much of the country experienced a white Easter. Major league games were snowed out. And tens of thousands