As the nation weathers difficult economic times, many states are facing particularly heavy pressure to secure enough funding to provide a quality education for their students. In fact, some states have already proposed or announced budget cuts on precollegiate educational spending.
January 21, 2009 – Research Center
For the first time in its 13-year history, Quality Counts provides a comprehensive examination of state efforts to address the challenge of educating English-language learners (ELLs). Produced by Education Week and the EPE Research Center, Quality Counts 2009 maps the demographic trends of this diverse, rapidly growing group of students and highlights state policies that support English-learners.
January 14, 2009 – Research Center
Recent findings of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS, show that although U.S. 4th and 8th graders scored above the international average on both mathematics and science assessments, its relative position compared to other countries did not change much over time, with the U.S. still lagging far behind top-performing countries.
January 7, 2009 – Research Center
While various studies have shown that students with different learning disabilities have benefitted academically from curricula and teaching methods tailored to meet their needs, most research finds significant achievement gaps between disabled and nondisabled students.
December 24, 2008 – Research Center
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of childhood obesity in all age groups has increased two-fold over the last two decades. Advocates have recommended that schools offer classes on health and physical education courses as a way to promote a healthier lifestyle among the nation’s youths.
December 17, 2008 – Research Center
As cross-sector collaborations of education, government, business, and community leaders, state P-16 councils aim to better align educational institutions from preschool through postsecondary.
December 10, 2008 – Research Center
When creating their budgets, many school administrators are faced with the challenge of inconsistent per-pupil funding levels from year to year. The EPE Research Center explores that phenomenon by examining changes in statewide per-pupil expenditures from the 2001-02 through 2004-05 school years.
December 3, 2008 – Research Center
Such factors as teacher experience and qualifications or curricular standards are among the key elements of a school’s educational climate. But the physical conditions of school buildings and facilities also play a role in shaping a child’s educational experience.
November 19, 2008 – Research Center
Due to difficulties in staffing targeted subject areas, school administrators often find themselves forced to assign teachers to positions or subject areas for which they may not be certified. In order to address this problem, some states have implemented policies to regulate the numbers of out-of-field and uncertified teachers in all K-12 schools.
November 12, 2008 – Research Center
Some critics have argued that focusing on a narrow set of subjects effectively marginalizes the attention devoted to other parts of the curriculum. The content of state exit exams offers one barometer to gauge the emphasis placed on various subject areas by the states.
November 5, 2008 – Research Center
Although data from state testing programs show increasing proportions of students reaching or surpassing the proficiency bar, some experts question the validity of such gains. Those results have raised eyebrows, in part, because trend lines are rising much more rapidly on state-developed tests than on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card.
October 29, 2008 – Research Center
To help ensure that non-college-going graduates are prepared for the demands of the labor market, some states offer students the opportunity to earn career-technical endorsements as they work towards their high school diplomas
October 22, 2008 – Research Center
Many teachers, parents, and policy makers see reducing class size as a way to improve how students learn and teachers instruct. In comparison with students in larger classes, various studies suggest that students enrolled in small classes tend to interact more with their teachers, exhibit more pro-social behavior, and have higher achievement scores.
October 15, 2008 – Research Center
Few would dispute the economic, educational, and social advantages a college education can offer. Those benefits, however, must be weighed against the costs of postsecondary education, which have risen significantly in recent years. Quality Counts 2007 reported an analysis of college costs based on data from the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
October 8, 2008 – Research Center
The EPE Research Center explored student access to instructional computers by calculating the number of computers available for a typical classroom (about 16 students at the primary level) and compared those results for schools with high versus low concentrations of racial and ethnic minority students .
October 1, 2008 – Research Center
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