Politics of Performance Funding in 8 States (CCRC Report, 2011)

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You may find this report on the origins, demise and change of higher education funding formulas in eight states interesting to consider as you review the ABE funding formula. The report explains that nearly half of the states that established performance funding systems education eventually discontinued these systems.

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PBS TeacherLine – High School Equivalency Prep

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PBS TeacherLine has new self-paced courses as teacher materials to help prepare students to achive their high school equivalency certificates. The website offers courses on instructional strategy, instructional technology, STEM fields and other professional development topics.

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Project Information Literacy

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Project Information Literacy is a “national study about early adults and their information-seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they face when conducting research in the digital age.”

Some of the research that the organization has published includes:

– 80% of the students surveyed do not use the services of a librarian, even though it was often the librarians who taught the students how to use the online research databases and information resources

– Nearly all of the students surveyed reported using the same few information sources regardless of the reason they were seeking information

– Nearly all of the students (some 92%) used Google search engine as the ‘go-to’ search tool

– 50% of students reported that they felt uncertain about the quality of research sources for their coursework

The definition of information literate has changed over time, according to the needs of the industrial age to those needed in the digital age. These competencies range from, the ability to “locate, retrieve, evaluate, select, and use information source,” to the ability to “find, evaluate, and
apply that information.” For additional information see the Project Information Literacy website’s publications.

(Head, A. J., 2010, Project Information Literacy: What Can Be
Learned about the Information-Seeking Behavior of Today’s College Students?)

National Bureau of Economic Research

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The National Bureau of Economic Research has published some interesting educational research on topics such as:

– when a teacher whose own effect on achievement is strongly positive moves into a new school, her new colleagues improve (Bruegmann & Jackson, 2009)

– what happens to a student who goes to a school where other students are high-achieving: his own achievement rises (Pop-Eleches & Urquiola, 2011)

– intervention that combined information and FAFSA help actually caused people to be 25 to 30 percent more likely to enroll in college (Bettinger, Long, Oreopoulos, & Sanbonmatsu, 2009).

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McGraw-Hill ABE Products

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McGraw-Hill offers several adult education materials and resources for adult education providers, and many of the materials are free. They also have a lot of workforce preparation materials that might be useful for your workplace literacy students. They have crosswalks between McGraw-Hill products and WorkKeys assessment levels that may be useful as well.

McGraw-Hill link to this information is here.

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Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

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Title II of the Higher Education Act requires states to submit annual reports on the quality of teacher preparation, such as, certification and licensure requirements, pass rates on state assessments disaggregated and ranked by institution, and other information. The U. S. Department of Education has made the state reports readily accessible at https://title2.ed.gov/View.asp.

States must report specifically on:

– State certification and license requirements for completers of traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs

– Statewide pass rates on state assessments of completers of teacher preparation programs

– Information on teacher standards and their alignment with student standards

– Criteria for identifying low-performing schools of education

– Number of students enrolled in teacher preparation programs by gender, race, and ethnicity

– Total number of teachers completing teacher preparation programs and receiving initial credentials

– Number of teachers prepared by credential area, academic major, and subject area

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) recently consolidated their resources as the accrediting body for educator preparation, and became the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The CAEP 2014 report “highlights the ongoing CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting that will make recommendations for improvement in CAEP’s rigorous standards and accompanying evidence in accreditation.” (CAEP website).

Measuring Text Complexity

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Pearson has a new (free, beta) text complexity measurement tool that can be used to analyze the text complexity level of a passage of words. The analysis tool provides a list of “complex text” words in a passage that are deemed to be college and career readiness words.

The analysis also gives a Flesch-Kincaid grade level, a Coleman-Liau Readability score, a Dale-Chall Readability score, and an Automated Readability Index.

Some of the college ready words identified in a sample passage were: “incorporates, fundamentally, and analyses.”

Try it out!

Complex Text, Not Critical Thinking

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The ACT 2006, indicates that it is facility with reading complex text and NOT critical thinking ability that determines college and career readiness – wow!

According to the ACT 2013 College Readiness Report, only 19% of ACT tested students in New Mexico met the college and career readiness benchmarks (compared to nationally which was 26%).

There is work to do!