In 2002, Qatar began implementing a standards-based K-12 reform that established new publicly funded, privately operated independent schools. The reform built on four principles: autonomy, accountability, variety, and choice. Early data reveal more student-centered classroom practices and higher student achievement in the new schools, but as all Ministry schools convert to independent status, many challenges remain to achieving the reform’s ambitious goals, as noted in this RAND reprint.
This is the first of two new reports from Project Tomorrow using data from their widely heralded 2012 Speak Up Survey. Part 1 starts out stating the importance of digital considerations in education, “We are at a cosmic moment in...
A new report in Digital Learning Now’s Smart Series calls attention to America’s school finance system. Complete with an infographic, executive summary and full report, this new resource points out that many of today’s students are opting for blended and...
New Digital Learning Report Highlights State Progress and Underscores the Need to Modernize Public EducationMarch 25, 2013
Digital Learning Now! is a group run by a council industry expert, policymakers, and educators dedicated to improving digital opportunities for American students. In March 2012, Digital Learning Now! released its second annual report which grades individual states on their...
Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) is the result of a feasibility study from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) designed to assess the possibility of developing international measures of learning outcomes in higher ed. Volume one...
This publication from the National Center for Education Statistics (U.S.) provides projections for key education data on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools, and enrollment and earned degrees conferred expenditures of degree-granting institutions. For the nation,...
This WestEd report describes the importance of acceleration, explains how it raises completion rates for community colleges, and highlights the key principles of successful acceleration models, including: Helping students avoid developmental education whenever possible Revising the developmental education curriculum to...
June 22, 2011
What’s in a Test? ESL and English Placement Tests in California’s Community Colleges and Implications for U.S.-Educated Language Minority StudentsJune 20, 2011
This Hewlett Foundation report focuses on English as a Second Language (ESL) and English placement tests used in California community colleges and the implications of using these tests with students from language minority backgrounds who have attended U.S. K-12 schools and seek to continue their studies in community colleges.
Mapping the Terrain: Language Testing and Placement for U.S.-Educated Language Minority Students in California’s Community CollegesJune 20, 2011
This Hewlett Foundation report examines community college policies and practices impacting students from immigrant and language minority backgrounds who have attended U.S. secondary schools and who enroll in community colleges.
June 14, 2011
This report from the U.S. Department of Education’s IES National Center for Education Statistics presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2010 U.S. history assessment. National results for representative samples of students at grades 4, 8, and 12 are reported as average scale scores and as percentages of students performing at or above three achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. Scores are also reported at selected percentiles, showing changes in the performance of lower-, middle-, and higher-performing students.
June 6, 2011
The majority of Africa’s population is below the age of 30 years.
The Challenge of Shadow Education: Private Tutoring and Its Implications for Policy Makers in the EUJune 6, 2011
Parallel to mainstream education systems in the European Union (EU) are shadow education systems of private supplementary tutoring. These have grown considerably across the EU but have received little attention, even though they have profound economic and social implications.
June 6, 2011
This primer from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning provides a comprehensive overview of online learning by examining the basics about online teaching and learning, evaluating academic success, professional development, technology, and other topics.
June 6, 2011
This Heritage Foundation background discusses how virtual or online learning is revolutionizing education in the U.S., noting its potential to expand the educational opportunities of American students, largely overcoming the geographic and demographic restrictions, and to improve the quality of instruction while increasing productivity and lowering costs.