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Tuesday Round-Up: Remediation, Civil Rights and NAEP

The New York Times’ Michael Winerip has a hugely effective column in Monday’s paper, about a spike in remediation rates among community college students. This is an issue that doesn’t get enough attention, despite being a central plank on the bridge from K-12 to higher education.

If you want more information on how remediation affects college completion rates as well as post-graduate success, start with Getting Past Go. This organization has a wealth of data (the news isn’t good) and recommendations for policymakers (are the ones in your state following them?).
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Earlier this month, I wrote a blog about suggested shortfalls in public education when it comes to teaching the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

On the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” only 2 percent of high school seniors could identify the relevance of Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision which determined separate school facilities for black and white children were inherently unequal.

On Monday’s Los Angeles Times opinion page,  Professor Sam Wineburg, who teaches history and education at Stanford University, questioned the validity of the Civil Rights Project’s study. (You can find his column here.)

Wineburg makes a strong case that the students might know more than we’re giving them credit for, and that includes on the NAEP exam. He’s right to urge us to be a little more thoughtful before drawing conclusions based on a single answer.

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Speaking of NAEP, the Nation’s Report Card in mathematics and reading will be released next week. Click here to sign up for the webinar.



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