Exploring the Feasibility of Dual-Credit Mathematics Courses in High School Via A Web-Enhanced, Blended Model

This paper in the Journal of General Education reports on a study of the The WVEB Mathematics Project. The sample included 1,322 students enrolled in the WVEB Mathematics Project in West Virginia compared to matched peers who took equivalent on-campus courses. Students enrolled in both on-campus and high school WVEB sections showed moderate gains on the ACT scores.

Assessing Deeper Learning

This policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education focuses on the need to assess students to measure deeper learning. The brief examines state assessments and the potential impact of two consortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and technology on assessing deeper learning. The author also includes recommendations for federal policy, including requiring states to assess deeper learning competencies.

Digital Learning and Technology: Federal Policy Recommendations to Seize the Opportunity--and Promising Practices That Inspire Them

This policy brief discusses the impact of digital learning. The author examines the effects of digital learning in state and local programs on student performance and provides recommendations that include implementing the “10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning” and National Broadband. This resource may be especially relevant to federal policy makers.

National Educational Technology Trends: 2011 [SETDA Annual Report]

This report, sponsored by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), provides examples of education technology programs being funded by national, state, district, and local governments. The authors collected data on educational technology programs funded to state educational agencies (SEAs) through the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant program.

The Case for Being Bold: A New Agenda for Business in Improving STEM Education

This Institute for Competitive Workforce report encourages business leaders to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by strengthening academic standards and curriculum, rethinking teacher hiring and preparation, and promoting schooling models that leverage technology and segmented services.

Time To Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success

This report discusses the importance of early literacy in order to prepare adolescents to be college and career ready. It states that literacy crosses over into other subject areas such as science and math and problem solving skills in life. The authors suggest that linking instruction to the growing knowledge base on literacy and using current outcome data and best practices can help bridge this gap and lead to more prepared students.

The Online Learning Imperative: A Solution to Three Looming Crises in Education

This issue brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education addresses the use of technology and online learning as a means for improving the current U.S. education system. The authors examine three major challenges facing the education system: 1) the growing demand for global skills; 2) projected long-term funding deficits; and 3) shortage of quality teachers.

Adolescent Literacy Resources: Linking Research and Practice

This synthesis reviews the research on adolescent literacy from the past 20 years. Implications for classroom practice are discussed and organized as follows: Instructional Implications, Curricular/Program Implications, Structural/Systemic Implications, Professional Development Implications, and Assessment Implications. Implications for classroom practice based on this review are discussed.


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