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The Obama administration said Friday it is considering a college-rating system that would measure whether graduates earn enough money after leaving school to be substantially above the poverty level.In response to those who worry ratings could be skewed in favor of colleges with lots of graduates who strike it rich, the Education Department is weighing a proposal to set an earnings benchmark for recent graduates and former students that it calls “substantial employment.” That could be 200 percent of the poverty level, the department said, or a multiple of the full-time minimum wage projected over a year.Read full article >>
Voice Charter School in Long Island City, Queens, credits its focus on music with its students outpacing their peers on New York State math and English exams.
Strauss: Should the federal government rate colleges based on graduates’ earnings? It just may do it.
(Update: Response from Republican leaders in Congress)President Obama’s Education Department just released a “draft framework” of its plan to rate colleges and universities on access, affordability and student outcomes — possibly including on how much a school’s graduates earn — and then to attempt to link some federal aid to the results.Read full article >>
The Department of Education’s main elements of institutional quality are affordability, access and outcomes. How it defines those elements is crucial.
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Some congressional legislators from Wisconsin are asking the Government Accountability Office — an independent federal agency that provides investigations and evaluations to Congress — to probe Wisconsin’s school voucher program, raising questions about “alarming allegations of potentially discriminatory practices” against students with disabilities, as well as other issues.Read full article >>
Bad teacher. There was a movie with that title, and now a television series. Time magazine had a recent cover with the title “Rotten Apples” that was not a reference to rotten Honey Crisps. And many school reformers talk about teachers as if nearly all of them are lousy. Certainly some teachers who should be doing something else (and it shouldn’t take forever to remove them from a classroom), but there’s a legitimate reason why polls show that teachers are utterly demoralized.Read full article >>
More than 1,800 students die every year of alcohol-related causes. But attention to the issue over decades has not made much difference in the United States.