|Researching Education Outcomes -- Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-8 Countries: 2009 |
How does the U.S. education system compare with other countries? According to this new National Center for Education Statistics report, we lag way behind in the share of 3- and 4-year-olds in preschool and have one of the lowest percentages of college degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering-related fields.
|How Charter Schools Affect Student Outcomes |
A RAND evaluation covering several states found that charter schools struggle to show improved outcomes in their first year. In Florida and Chicago, charter schools showed improved graduation and college enrollment rates.
|A separate Brookings Institution report on Milwaukee charters suggests that charter schools may help the education of urban youth, but can't be expected to be a silver bullet. Understanding and addressing instability in school attendance is the most significant determinant of student achievement. |
AYPF Forum on the Dropout Challenge (April 17)