Blog: The Educated Reporter

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The Educated Reporter

EWA's blog about education issues and topics from a journalist's perspective. The Educated Reporter is anchored by Emily Richmond with contributions from EWA staff and guests.

EWA’s blog about education issues and topics from a journalist’s perspective. The Educated Reporter is anchored by Emily Richmond with contributions from EWA staff and guests.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Credit where credit is due.

I know reporters who won’t go into middle schools because it hits some sort of raw nerve; in my case, two years in middle school (for a newspaper series and then a book) made me want to stay forever. I don’t have many natural gifts, but connecting with children is one of them, and after my book was published, I wanted to become a middle school counselor.

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Is Obama’s college goal as unattainable as NCLB’s 100 percent proficiency?

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a chart I have been waiting to see: how many more degrees would have to be given out to reach Obama’s college completion goal by 2020. The data come from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. Let’s see: California would need to increase degree attainment by 5.2 percent a year, starting now. Meantime, state higher ed funding there is being slashed, enrollments are being cut, and fees are being raised.

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Prepare to define: “college-ready”

The phrase of the moment! You know you should hyphenate it—but you, and the policymakers you love, are probably less clear on how to define it. You could make up your own definition, as this school system did (complete with jazzy videos), or you could look beyond courses taken and test scores to a more complex definition. I like this report by the Center for Educational Policy Research as a starting point.

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Merit pay. (Again.)

In my eyes, we should pay better teachers more because it’s right. But that is not why merit pay is being written into policy. Ostensibly, the idea is that tying pay to student scores will make teachers and teaching improve. What we need to talk about is: how, exactly?

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AYKM?

Do we really need another acronym to describe children who are not native English speakers?

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Have you read ALL the RtTT applications?

Or do you know someone who has? Several reporters have asked me to recommend experts who are familiar with each state’s proposal and can common on the whole, unabridged bunch. I think they want the horse race handicapped. I’m at a loss. Suggestions?

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Higher ed story ideas.

Scott Jaschik from Inside Higher Ed always gives a talk at EWA’s higher ed seminar about the Top Ten college story ideas, and it is always, always worth the price of admission—not that our conferences really have a price of admission.My colleague Lori Crouch is twittering them more in depth here, but in short: the unfairness of community college funding, budget woes of small privates (check out the rising discount rates, dwindling rainy-day funds), the gender gap (is it reversing course?), unemp

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“Everybody’s doing it”?

Three times in the last few weeks I have seen newspaper pieces include statements like, “Chris estimated that more than half his classmates used Adderal during the ACT” or “Sarah said that 90 percent of the students at her school drink on weekends.” Oh, really? Did Sarah hire Harris Interactive to survey a representative sample?