What We Are Reading: Education Statistics; GED to College Programs; Literacy; Civics Achievement; Arts Education

Looking for new high school-related resources?  Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:*

From GED to College Degree: Creating Pathways to Postsecondary Success for High School Dropouts
This white paper shares lessons from “best in class” GED to College programs that show early, positive results in preparing youth for college and helping them persist once there. It also explores key issues connected to the growth of this programming within the field and lays out a framework for leaders and program staff looking to transform short-term GED programs into more intensive, college-connected designs.

Civics 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grades 4, 8, and 12
Achievement by U.S. fourth graders in civics has increased while 12th graders' performance has declined. This report showed that high school seniors scored lower in 2010 than in 2006, and had a lower percentage at or above Proficient compared to 2006. Twelfth-grade girls scored lower in 2010 compared to the civics assessments in 2006 and 1998. Hispanic students made gains with average scores increasing from 1998 to 2010 in all grades.

Engineering Solutions to the National Crisis in Literacy: How to Make Good on the Promise of the Common Core State Standards
This policy brief calls for federal support for state literacy plans aligned to English language arts common core standards to ensure that students, no matter where they live, develop the necessary competencies to graduate from high school ready for college and the modern workplace. The Common Core State Standards Initiative took a note from high-performing countries in developing these standards and set forth clear and ambitious benchmarks in literacy. This brief includes recommendations to leverage improvements in literacy skills from birth through grade twelve by providing systemic approaches, equitable resources, and strong teacher training.

Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2008–09
This report presents findings associated with public high school graduation and event dropout counts for the 2008–09 school year. These data were collected as part of the Common Core of Data Survey Collection, a universe collection of public schools operating in the United States and associated other jurisdictions.

Digest of Education Statistics, 2010
The 46th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest's primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.

Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009-10 - First Look
This report presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools in the United States and the territories in the 2009-10 school year, using data from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey of the Common Core of Data (CCD) survey system.

Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment and Staff Counts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10
This report presents national and state levels data on student enrollment by grade and by race/ethnicity within grade, the numbers of teachers and other education staff, and several student/staff ratios for the 2009-10 school year.

A Snapshot of Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2009–10
This report presents selected findings from a congressionally mandated study on arts education in public K–12 schools. This report provides national data about arts education for public elementary and secondary schools, elementary classroom teachers, and elementary and secondary music and visual arts specialists.

Are you reading any of these reports?  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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