MORE GOOD, LESS BAD, AND STILL NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT: Latest International Test Reveals U.S. Progress in Math and Narrowing Achievement Gaps, but No Improvement in Science: United States fourth- and eighth-grade students perform better than the international average in math and science according to the results from the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). And, since the test was first given in 1995, math scores at both the fourth- and eighth-grade levels have risen. Additionally, the gaps between the average math and science scores of white students and their African American and Hispanic peers have narrowed somewhat. That’s the good news.
ECONOMIC WOES HIT STATES: Education Spending Cut as Recession Affects State and Local Budgets: Earlier this month, the National Bureau of Economic Research confirmed that the United States has been in a recession since December 2007. In the last year, the U.S. economy has shed nearly two million jobs, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost more than one third of its value and, if that wasn’t enough, more than one million homes have been lost to foreclosure since August 2007.
MEASURING UP: Report Finds States Make Little to No Improvement in Providing Access to College and Ensuring Success: Although states have made modest gains in preparing students for college, more students are failing to graduate from high school, according to a new report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (National Center). Based on two decades of data, the report, Measuring Up 2008, also finds that states are making little to no progress in providing affordable college opportunities or improving college completion rates for students.
NEW BRIEF EXAMINES THE ROLE OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN CAREER GUIDANCE: In light of the increasingly high-tech and global economy, today’s students need stronger career guidance than ever before, and comprehensive career and technical education (CTE) programs can provide much of this support. So says “Career and Technical Education’s Role in Career Guidance,” a new brief by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).