The Quality Counts report from Education Week
appears to get bigger and bigger every year. This year, the report includes sections on efforts to integrate preK16, early childhood education, and more.
I served as a technical adviser to the 2007 report from EdWeek. It discusses a complete conceptual overhaul and not an incremental extension of the versions used in the last ten years.
It moves away from just tracking and analysis of the K12 state standards movement. All states have K12 standards and related policies , so there was very little variation for EdWeek to work with by 2007.
So EdWeek decided to move to a cradle to career focus that features key transition points such as preschool to K5. The most interesting thing for this blog is that the transition from K12 to postsecondary education is a prominent part of the redesign, and will continue as such for many years.
This is a major change in EdWeek editorial polices, and will be a major force to reframe the education policy debate around an all one interconnected system perspective.
At the middle of the special issue is a section entitled Moving Beyond Grade 12. It includes educational attainment up to age thirty-five and the gap between college expectations and college completion
is explored in depth by David Spence , the president of the Southern regional Education Board. He recommends that all of public postsecondary education in a state reach a consensus on a single set of academic readiness
All states are ranked on fourteen indicators that include college costs, placement, time to degree, persistence, and college completion
. This new focus by EdWeek will be a challenge to the Chronicle of Higher education which does not have as much of a education policy orientation.
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