THE HIGH COST OF LOW EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE: New OECD Report Finds that 25 Point Increase in PISA Scores Could Lead to $40.6 Trillion Increase in United States’s GDP: Relatively small improvements in students’ educational performance can have large impacts on a nation’s future economic well-being, according to a new international study from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). The study uses economic modeling to show that even modest and achievable gains in student learning yield large increases in gross domestic product over the long run.
SOTU BINGO 2010: Will President Obama Mention ESEA Reauthorization in His January 27 State of the Union Address?: During his State of the Union address on January 27, President Obama is expected to touch on the budget deficit, reform of the financial industry, energy, immigration, and education-all of which are likely to be framed around a plan to rebuild the economy. But how much will Obama say about education? To help viewers keep track of these and other topics during the State of the Union address, the Alliance for Excellent Education has brought back its popular State of the Union bingo cards.
“BEST ECONOMIC STIMULUS IS A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA”: New Alliance Study Finds Lowering the High School Dropout Rate Boosts Job Creation, Home Ownership, Automobile Sales, and Economic Growth: Cutting the dropout rate in half in the nation’s fifty largest cities will result in a significant increase in job growth, home ownership, and automobile sales, among other economic benefits, according to a new study from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
COLLEGE- AND CAREER-READY: New Education Sector Report Offers a Different Take on Measuring Student College and Career Readiness: A recent analysis from Education Sector looks at how well high schools are utilizing accountability systems to evaluate student performance, progress, and readiness for succeeding at the next level. The report, College-And Career-Ready: Using Outcomes Data to Hold High Schools Accountable for Student Success, argues that the best way to measure student-preparedness levels is to implement data tracking systems that take into account how students actually perform once they arrive at their college or workplace destination.