As students look to curb the amount of loan debt they build on their way to a degree and policymakers eye the need for more college-educated workers, the focus on college graduation rates continues to increase. But exactly how many students actually earn a postsecondary degree can be a difficult question to answer because most data sources lose track of students as they swirl from one college to another, in and out of higher education as “life gets in the way.”
Behind every good teacher is a good principal, research shows. How can school districts make sure they have the right leaders in place? Too many school districts have haphazard ways of recruiting and nurturing potential principals.
How Do Reporters Answer the Question ‘What School Is Best for My Kid?’
Webinar on School Choice Data
Is there an objective way of presenting school data that transcends the politics of school choice?
How do reporters and news outlets more broadly serve their readership with relevant information about schools in their communities?
Journalists will get an early opportunity this week to review Education Week’s newest Quality Counts report, which includes a special focus on early childhood education indicators. The report will evaluate states on their efforts to expand early childhood education and examine how new academic demands and accountability pressures are altering the learning environment for young children. Join EWA for a Jan. 7 webinar to learn more.
As tools and data profiles of students become easier to use, are teachers sufficiently data literate to make sense of the information at their fingertips? Do teachers have the skills and access to data in useful formats, and are the school leaders and institutions responsible for their professional development providing them the training they need? The stakes are high: Teachers behind in data literacy may miss out on innovative ways to track student progress, personalize instruction, and improve their own practice.
Inquiring Minds: What Is (And Isn’t) Student-Centered Learning?
EWA Webinar on Student-Centered Learning
Student-centered learning is gaining ground nationally as a strategy to rethink classroom instruction, setting new expectations for schooling as a collaborative effort. The approach is seen as holding great potential, but also poses significant challenges for teachers and students alike.
What does it look like in practice? What does research suggest are the key elements for making it successful? How can reporters evaluate whether the programs in their own communities are of high quality?
Decades of research suggest that some types of arts education can lead to academic improvements.
Who deserves money for college more: students whose test scores and grades qualify them for “merit aid” or students with greater financial need who might be unable to afford college otherwise? New research suggests that colleges might increasingly be favoring less-needy students, in a quest to boost their schools’ rankings and help their bottom lines. Does that finding hold up to scrutiny? And how do colleges’ decisions on need-based versus merit aid affect college enrollment and completion?
Missed our Aug. 7 webinar? View it on demand today!
Catch the replay of our July 17 webinar on all things FERPA.
Dakarai Aarons and Elizabeth Dabney of Data Quality Campaign will identify the various state and local government agencies storing education data that are vital for your reporting. In many states, the state school board, department of education, mayor’s office, higher-education advisory board, and other agencies keep useful public information – and it’s on the reporter to know where to look.
Our July 16 webinar examined the heavy price tag of leisure time. Watch it on demand.
Our July 8 webinar explored the perils of teenage indifference to fiscal matters. Watch it on demand.
Our April 28th webinar looked at education disparities along racial lines as we approach the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
Our March 10 webinar gave reporters an inside look at EWA’s new net price tool.
Couldn’t make it to our March 6th webinar? View it on demand now!
As more school districts share data with parents and teachers, privacy advocates warn that they run the risk of violating students’ privacy.
How many students are really graduating from college? This number is becoming more important as policymakers look to tie university funding to completion rates. But as more students start to “swirl”—take extended time off or transfer into another institution, acts that eliminate them from many traditional measures of college graduation –what’s the best way to keep track of which students actually earned degrees?
For millions of adults who never completed high school, the GED has been the gateway to careers and college degrees. In January, the process adults undergo to earn a GED will change radically.
How will the U.S. fare against other countries when the results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 are released on Dec. 3?