The typical college student is not the frat boy at Ohio State or the philosophy major at Bard College. According to new research from Complete College America, the typical college student is attending school part time and probably has a family and at least one job. Seventy-five percent of students are college commuters. If they are attending college part time, they are far less likely to graduate, rendering useless much of the effort that got them to school in the first place.
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It was hard to find the silver lining in the tepid results from the Nation's Report Card issued last week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Math proficiency for fourth graders and eighth graders ticked up one percentage point to 40 percent and 35 percent, respectively. That's the highest level yet, but it would be a failing grade in any school. Reading proficiency was flat for fourth graders at 34 percent, although it moved up about two points for eighth graders to 34 percent. Read more here
Frequent readers of this blog know that Eduflack can best be described as a pessimist. My pop icon hero is Eeyore. And as I've often said, it isn't even a glass half full/empty issue for me, I want to know who stole my damned water.But sometimes even I can be moved by true positivity and commitment. And today is just one of those sorts of moments. This morning, I had the honor of attending the dedication of the new Amistad Academy facility in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded Read more here
Full-day kindergarten and half-day preschool both lead to significant academic gains — the research consistently bears this out. Put together, these programs offer students the best chance to achieve at high levels.
But what if your district can’t afford that combination yet still wants to provide a rich learning experience for young children? Would it be better, in terms of later reading proficiency, if your students got a half day of preschool and only a half day of kindergarten, or full-day Read more here
According to a new survey presented at the annual conference for the National Association for the Education of Young Children yesterday, two-thirds of kindergarten teachers say the majority of their students start school without knowing basic preschool concepts like the alphabet. At a time when closing the achievement gap is a national imperative for our nation, veteran kindergarten teachers say students are less prepared for school than ever before. Just 6 percent of kindergarten teachers say Read more here