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Education Issues

U.S. Students Make Slight Progress on Test Scores

Fourth- and eighth-graders across the country made modest advances in national math and reading exams this year, but proficiency rates remained stubbornly below 50 percent on every test...

Weak Labor Market Increases Teacher Quality

Graduates in 2008 both with and without STEM majors who entered the teacher workforce had higher average SAT scores than their peers who entered other occupations...

Accelerated Community College

Indiana's Associate Accelerated Program aims to chart a new path to a degree as two-year schools across the nation wrestle with poor graduation and retention rates and a growing need to upgrade the skills of people entering the workforce...

Universal Pre-K: No Substitute for a Healthy, Stable Childhood

It is parents, not formal education, that make the difference for young children's readiness for school and success once they get there...

Businesses Want More STEM Skills

In a recent survey of Indiana manufacturers, 24 percent of the respondents reported "serious deficiencies" in math skills among their current workforces...

School Reform and Education Technology

Technology does not change the cognitive rules for learning, but offers ways to better deliver the learning experience...

Common Core Testing Tech Issues

As 46 states adopt the Common Core standards and testing, the tools built into the universally designed tests are not enough for students with disabilities...

How to Help Boys in the Classroom

If boys are constantly subject to disapproval for their interests and enthusiasms, they are likely to become disengaged and lag further behind in the classroom, says Christina Hoff Sommers...

Transforming Teacher Colleges

Four months ago, the National Council on Teacher Quality released a report asserting that approximately 1,100 of the nation's 1,400 teacher-preparation programs are inadequate...

Incentive Structure for Education System

Evidence presented in a recent study indicates high-powered incentives linked to multiple indicators of teacher performance can substantially improve the measured performance of the teaching workforce...


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