Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students is ‘hurting their future’

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. He knew it would be easy; he said tests in his special education classes almost always were. As part of his special education accommodations, he was allowed to use a teacher-created study guide while taking tests. Brad, former special education student in Minnesota. Higher Education.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

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This story is a part of our Map to the Middle Class project, in which readers ask questions about educational pathways to financial stability and then we investigate. That timespan should look familiar: The Great Recession lasted from December 2007 to June 2009. The program reaches out to employers and encourages them to consider candidates who don’t have four-year degrees, said Gina Plata, Just-A-Start’s director of education and training.


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Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

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Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. Thorsett is the president of Willamette University at a time the higher education sector is grappling with a historic enrollment decline and financial challenges that cry out not for incremental change, but for radical solutions. He and others in higher education have been actively searching for concrete ways to rebuild enrollment and produce much-needed revenue. Sign up for our higher education newsletter.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. The high school graduation rate in Utah’s Juab School District was 78 percent in 2009. When he moved from principal of the high school to superintendent in 2013, he initiated a conversation about priorities with school board members, educators and the community.

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

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Minnesota ranks among the most educated states in the country, with nearly half of adults aged 25 to 64 holding an associate degree or higher. But that impressive statistic masks severe racial disparities in degree completion: The state has the second largest attainment gap between whites and blacks in the nation, according to the Education Trust. He estimated that nearly one in three new jobs created through 2026 will require education beyond high school.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education. Two years ago, Isaac Paine Elementary won a competitive grant from the Rhode Island Office of Innovation to become a showcase “lighthouse school,” part of a statewide push to bring tech into education. Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter. Higher Education.

Feelings During FLOW-Related Learning

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When education is done “right”, learners often feel and experience the following in their both formal and informal educational environments: Joy. It would just require a shift in the education world’s mindset. Student engagement, described as the tendency to be behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively involved in academic activities, is a key construct in motivation research (Thijs & Verkuyten, 2009).

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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CHICAGO — By Marquell Brown’s count, he has been locked up “roughly 42 times” since 2009. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. In 2014, an Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice remedial plan, created as part of a settlement agreement following a 2012 lawsuit against the department, specifically called for a blended-learning model to resolve inadequate educational opportunities in the system.

Asking too much of high school graduates but not enough of businesses that employ them

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Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and the city’s Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson hope to raise a million dollars for the “ Learn. Even though the unemployment rate has improved in the last decade, the class of 2016 joined “a sizable backlog of unemployed college graduates” dating back to 2009, the study found. Learning continues beyond high school, and higher education institutions and employers need to support and help train their new charges.

More Democrats urging higher education reform

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Higher education reform saw another bipartisan development this week, as a group of Democratic senators urged the federal government to pressure accrediting agencies. At the same time the Department of Education called for similar action. Once again we see Democrats pushing to change higher education. The goal of that letter (signed by two dozen senators) is to get accreditors to crack down on badly performing colleges and universities.

More Democrats urging higher education reform

Bryan Alexander

Higher education reform saw another bipartisan development this week, as a group of Democratic senators urged the federal government to pressure accrediting agencies. At the same time the Department of Education called for similar action. Once again we see Democrats pushing to change higher education. The goal of that letter (signed by two dozen senators) is to get accreditors to crack down on badly performing colleges and universities.

Momentum builds behind a way to lower the cost of college: A degree in three years

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A rare brand-new nonprofit university, NewU has a comparatively low $16,500-a-year price that’s locked in for a student’s entire education and majors with interchangeable requirements so students don’t fall behind if they switch. My focus,” he said, “is the education.”.

After a tough but promising freshman year, Dartmouth student tackles change at elite campuses

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are only half as likely, recent Education Trust data show. “We Realistically, education is the only way I have out. Realistically, education is the only way I have out. Dartmouth says first-generation college students have ranged between 10 to 15 percent of each entering class since it started tracking the number in 2009; they will be 13 percent of the incoming class, its most selective ever. Higher Education.

Who will Teach the Children?

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The United States faces a serious educational crisis. In the first ten months of 2018, public educators quit at an average rate of 83 per 10,000 on staff. What subjects are losing the most educators? In addition to educational disruption, what are the costs to school systems?

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The disruptions and changes during the past year have made a return to the industrial education model of the 19th and 20th centuries problematic for school districts committed to preparing diverse students for 21st century careers. From 2001-2003, he served as Vermont’s Education Commissioner.

Student loan default rates inch down as for-profit sector contracts

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In September 2019 the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student aid released data showing two consecutive years of falling default rates. Higher Education. More than 15 percent of these graduates and dropouts defaulted in both time periods. That’s because community colleges cater to lower income students and dropout rates are high. These income-based repayment plans have been available since 2009 and more students are becoming aware of them.

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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My parents always stressed how powerful an education is and how it is the key to success,” Keenan said. For more stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn subscribe to the Educate podcast. Georgia State is encouraging students like Robinson to change their majors in an effort to address one of the most debilitating problems in higher education: low graduation rates. Iris Palmer, an education analyst at the New America, a left-of-center think tank.

Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt continues to increase

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Higher Education”. Now the idea of a work college is drawing renewed interest, thanks to rising student debt, skepticism about the value of a liberal arts education and employer complaints that graduates aren’t prepared for jobs. Higher Education.” In 2009, the school was down to 167 students, according to Nithya Govindasamy, dean of the work program. Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter. Sign up here for our higher-education newsletter.

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

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Through their efforts, along with those of other outside arts organizations, they are introducing theater to more and younger participants, at an age when education experts say children are especially poised to benefit from it. Related: Can testing save arts education? Around 2009, Lee learned about the Junior Theater Festival (JTF) in Atlanta, where students from across the country gather for three days to compete, take workshops and nerd out over musical theater.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

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students attend blended classes on campus and take online courses from home, and district educators say a personalized learning solution has had a positive impact in a number of academic areas. PGA partners with Fuel Education (FuelEd), which provides personalized learning solutions designed to enable schools and districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Since the school opened, more than 500 PGA students have used Fuel Education curriculum.

A Year in Review 15-16

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It’s here that I find time to finally sit and reflect on this year’s journey into amazing new educational adventures with more on the way. Let’s see, you made a transition from a PC to Mac operating system, you are learning and are continuing to learn the power of Google Apps for Education. The program continues to get rave reviews from educators who complete it. Full disclosure our dropout rate is roughly 15%. I haven’t made much time to blog this semester….OK….this

Why Community College Completion Is Often a Long and Winding Road


Anastasia Gnyp of Hendersonville, Tennessee, graduated from Merrol Hyde Magnet School a semester early in 2009 with big dreams. While her particular case may be unique, Gnyp’s path to higher education is more typical of an American college student than what is often portrayed in the media: the recent high school graduate showing up on a leafy college campus away from home for a four-year college experience.

Students, feeling nickel-and-dimed, force new scrutiny of college fees

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Now add fees for student activities, fees for athletics, fees for building maintenance , fees for libraries — even fees for graduation, the bills for which often arrive just as students and their families thought they were finally done paying for their higher educations. And the resulting decline in borrowing and dropout rates on those campuses suggest the toll that fees were taking on their students. Dropout rates have also fallen. Read more about higher education.

Colleges face a new reality, as the number of high schools graduates will decline

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Why It Matters: More minority and low-income grads going to college could require stronger commitment to educate them. According to one respected tally , just under 55 percent of students who entered college in 2010 had earned degrees after six years – an increase of two percentage points since 2009. ” Joe Garcia, president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Read more about higher education.