NCES has released a report on Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2012
“In October 2012, approximately 2.6 million 16- through 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or alternative credential. These status dropouts accounted for 6.6 percent of the 38.8 million noninstitutionalized, civilian 16- through 24-year-olds living in the United States.”
“Among all individuals in the 16-24 year old age group, status dropout rates trended downward between 1972 and 2012, declining from 14.6 percent to 6.6 percent.”
“In 2012, 91.3 percent of 18- through 24-year-olds not enrolled in high school had received a high school diploma or alternative credential. Since 1980, the status completion rate has shown an upward trend, starting at 83.9 percent in 1980 and rising to 91.3 percent in 2012.”
The Wayne State libraries recently added the online 2 volume Handbook of the Study of Play, published by Rowman & Littlefield in February 2015.
This handbook features entries from neuroscientists, psychologists, therapists, historians, anthropologists and other theorists and specialists on topics of policy, literacy, brain development and more.
More on the Handbook’s contents from Rowman & Littlefield here.
“Acting Commissioner Peggy G. Carr, National Center for Education Statistics, released The Condition of Education 2015. The indicators presented in The Condition of Education 2015 provides an update on the state of education in America and includes findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education.” IES Newsflash 5/28/2015
Some findings relating to higher education include:
Thirty-four percent (34%) of young adults ages 25 to 29 had a had a bachelor’s or higher degree in 2014.
Postsecondary enrollment was at 20 million students in the fall of 2013, including 17 million undergraduate and 3 million graduate students.
Sixty-six percent of 2013 high school completers enrolled in college the following fall: 42 percent went to 4-year institutions and 24 percent went to 2-year institutions.
In postsecondary education, 56 percent of male and 62 percent of female students who began their bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2007, and did not transfer, had completed their degree within six years. In 2013, over 1 million associate’s degrees, over 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees, and over 750,000 master’s degrees were awarded.
Click here for the full report The Condition of Education 2015
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The MichiganReads! program is a statewide early and childhood literacy program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation. Each year, a picture book by a Michigan author is selected. This year’s book is Do Unto Otters written and illustrated by Laurie Keller.
Do Unto Otters is available to all Michigan residents through the Michigan Electronic Library’s funded online resource Bookflix, a MeL database. After selecting Bookflix, select the Family and Community group, then select tab 13-16 in the Family and Community group. Reading Do Unto Otters in Bookflix is an excellent resource for pre-service early childhood and ELA teachers; look for the programming guide that comes with the book in Bookflix, a valuable tool for lesson planning and activities.
This project is also made possible in part by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.
To recognize the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting theme Culture, Language and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis, Routledge publishing has compiled a collection of over 100 articles based on the theme of Cultural Diversity and Race in Education, and has made them available free.
Results from the NAEP Reading Assessment
“As part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of words as used in literary and informational texts. This focus on students’ understanding of words in varied contexts highlights the importance of vocabulary in reading comprehension. Students’ performance on the vocabulary questions is analyzed separately from the reading comprehension results and reported on a separate 0–500 vocabulary scale. Vocabulary scores are available for 2009, 2011, and 2013 at grades 4 and 8, and for 2009 and 2013 at grade 12.” View the report here.
A new report from NCES, Public Elementary & Secondary School Arts Education Instructors, presents findings on the different categories of staff (full time, part time) used to provide arts education in public K-12 schools. Reports include arts instruction facilities in public elementary schools.
The National Center for Education Statistics has released its report Early High School Dropouts: What Are Their Characteristics? Using data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, the report examines the number of high school students who drop out of school between the ninth and eleventh grade, and how the dropout rates vary by sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
The Institute of Education Sciences has released several studies this year that explore these changes and provide information about how states and districts are evaluating teachers and principals. The full text of these peer-reviewed studies can be found in ERIC.
Click here to access the studies in ERIC.