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Society and Culture, Education

Tracking the ‘career’ in college and career ready

If you’re looking for data on college preparedness, the education world is lousy with it. ACT/SAT scores, remediation rates, AP scores, graduation rates, it’s all there for your perusal. But, if you’re looking for the career bit of “College and Career” you’re out of luck. Quite frankly, there is a dearth of information available on how well our schools prepare students for careers. read more >

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Society and Culture, Education

“Teacher Quality 2.0: Toward a New Era in Education Reform”

What if nearly every student could have access to an outstanding teacher…without having to magically create thousands of new excellent teachers? If this seems impossible, then you are likely thinking about “1.0” teaching in an increasingly “2.0” world of schooling. An edited volume released today unpacks this distinction and suggests new directions for evaluating and improving teacher quality. read more >

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Society and Culture

The good news/bad news story about nonmarital births

Every August since 2009 has seen a spate of news stories telling us the good news that the rate of nonmarital births has fallen. And so it has done, from a high of 51.8 births per 1,000 unmarried women in 2007–2008 to 44.8 in 2013. But during the same period, the ratio of nonmarital births—the percentage of live births that have been to single women—has been nearly flat, standing at 39.7% in 2007 and 40.6% percent 2013. read more >

Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Society and Culture, Education, Pethokoukis, Economics, U.S. Economy

Study: A fourth of public school spending goes to salaries and benefits of nonteachers

A new Thomas B. Fordham Institute study finds that the number of non-teaching staff in the United States has grown by 130% since 1970. These three millions employers now account for half of the public school workforce with their salaries and benefits absorbing one-quarter of current education spending. read more >