Here are a couple of education-related reports that were issued this week. Feel free to add links to reports we missed in the comments section below.
The Hidden Costs of Community Colleges American Institutes for Research
This report finds that federal, state, and local governments spent nearly $4 billion over five years on full-time community college students who dropped out after their first year without completing their certificate or degree programs. According to the report, about a fifth of full-time students who enroll at a community college do not return for a second year.
Built to Succeed? Ranking New Statewide Teacher Evaluation Practices Democrats for Education Reform
This report forecasts the chances for success of nineteen states-all of which either passed laws or changed regulations during 2010 and 2011 to strengthen teacher evaluation systems. It notes that, in many cases, the nineteen have mapped out vastly different paths to what we all hope will be the same place: ensuring that every student has a high-quality teacher at the head of the class. Changes run the gamut from minimal revisions to bold commitments to parents and students that teachers will be evaluated based on whether and how much kids are learning.
The report uses a twenty-one-level rubric that assigned points for what it deems "must-have" elements in a teacher evaluation system. The result is a "preseason" list of the laws which we think are most likely to make the greatest impact in classrooms. Florida ranks first, followed by Tennessee and Colorado.Read Entire Post