What We Are Reading: 9th Graders, Young Adults with Disabilities, PISA, Common Core

Looking for new high school-related resources?  Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:* High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09): A First Look at Fall 2009 Ninth-Graders' Parents, Teachers, School Counselors, and School Administrators (National Center for Education Sciences, September 13, 2011). This report features initial findings from the base year of a new longitudinal study that started with a nationally representative cohort of ninth-graders in the fall of 2009. It focuses on the contextual data provided by students' parents and school staff. The analyses examine parents' educational expectations for their ninth-graders as well as savings for postsecondary education; teachers' preparation and experience; and school administrators’ challenges in managing students’ schools across students' socioeconomic and academic backgrounds. The Post-High School Outcomes of Young Adults With Disabilities up to 6 Years After High School: Key Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) (National Center for Special Education Research, September 6, 2011). The report uses data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 dataset to provide a national picture of post-high school outcomes for students with disabilities. The report includes postsecondary enrollment rates; employment rates; engagement in employment, education, and/or job training activities; household circumstances (e.g., residential independence, parenting status); and social and community involvement. NCES Releases PISA 2009 U.S. Public- and Restricted-use Data Files and Technical Documentation (National Center for Education Statistics, September 9, 2011). The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) assesses 15-year-old students in mathematics, reading, and science literacy and surveys students about educational experiences and interests and school principals about school contexts. PISA 2009 results were released in December 2010. The U.S. data files, now available on the NCES website, contain U.S.-specific variables, such as student race/ethnicity, that are not available in the international data files. Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness (Educational Policy Improvement Center, August 2011). EPIC recently completed a study on the Common Core State Standards that asked a national sample of entry-level college instructors to rate the applicability of each Common Core State Standard in comparison to their courses. The study analyzes ratings from instructors of courses at two- and four-year degree-granting institutions, including courses commonly required for two-year certificates that would be necessary to enter a career pathway. Are you reading any of these reports or articles?  Or do you have other good high school resources to share? Tweet us at @NHSCatAIR and let us know! *Resource descriptions provided by the sponsoring organization. Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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