Report Round-Up: November 5, 2010
Expanding Career Readiness Through Online Learning from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). In this study ACTE officials describe the significance of online courses and how the career and technical education community is supporting the growth of virtual education in the U.S.
A Growing Movement: America's Largest Charter School Communities by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. This study finds that New Orleans, the District of Columbia, Detroit, and Kansas City are the top cities in the nation for charter school penetration.
Common Ground: Education and the Military-Meeting the Needs of Students by the National Association of State Boards of Education. According to this report, partnerships between state education officials and industry and military leaders can increase student achievement and help stem the nation's dropout rate. Note this report is $16 for purchase.
Major Differences: Examining Student Engagement by Field of Study—Annual Results 2010 from the National Survey of Student Engagement. This survey found that although enrollment of veterans is surging at America's college campuses, as a group they don't feel supported and understood.
Enhancing Tax Credits to Encourage Saving for Higher Education: Advancing the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Reforming the Saver’s Credit from the New America Foundation. This report argues that the federal government's tax credit for higher education expenses should be made fully refundable and deposited into college savings accounts for Americans from low- and middle-income backgrounds when the students are in middle school.
Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile!, released by Project Tomorrow and Blackboard Inc. This study explains a "major shift" taking place in the U.S., as Internet filters and school firewalls are no longer a primary barrier to Web access among K-12 students.
Building a Higher Skilled Workforce: Results and Implications from the BridgeConnect National Survey from the Workforce Strategy Center. This study finds that "bridge" programs that help adult students acquire the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education are gaining momentum and could play a vital role in fulfilling the nation's degree-completion agenda.