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How Earnings Measure College Quality | EdCentral

  • By
  • Ben Miller,
  • New America Foundation
July 23, 2014 |
Taditionally, college quality has been thought of in academic terms. But we can no longer exclude graduates’ post-completion earnings from the postsecondary quality debate. While focusing on monetary outcomes is extremely controversial among academics, the ability to ignore finances entirely disappeared the day tuition started costing thousands of dollars and student loans became a ubiquitous financing mechanism.

Beyond Subprime Learning: Our Ideas for Accelerating Progress in Early Education | EdCentral

  • By
  • Laura Bornfreund,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2014 |
In January, the Early Education Initiative released the report Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession. We found that during the last five years the federal government and states focused on building infrastructure and improving coordination across early childhood programs. This attention was sorely needed, but now it’s time to turn the focus to teaching and learning in the early years and up through third grade.

Taking On Teacher Equity | Politico

  • By
  • Maggie Severns,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
Today, the Obama administration is asking states to create plans ensuring that all students have access to effective teachers — and it will publish profiles of all states that will include information about where children from minority and low-income families aren't getting their fair share of these teachers this fall. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is writing to state education chiefs asking them to revisit plans first created in 2006, required by Title I of NCLB. But with no updates to the law, states haven’t had to touch their plans.

More on American Colleges’ Standing in the World | New York Times

  • By
  • Kevin Carey,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
Last week I wrote that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is no reason to believe that American colleges are, on average, the best in the world. A number of people who responded, including several in letters to The Times, raised issues worth addressing more broadly.

Introducing 'Seeding Reading'

  • By
  • Lisa Guernsey,
  • New America Foundation
June 27, 2014 |
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