What is the mission of the OIG? Do all of its investigations lead to criminal charges?
EdStat: Seven Regional Accreditors were Responsible for Accrediting More Than 80% of the Public and Private Nonprofit Colleges in the United States as of 2012–2013
Higher-education institutions have to stay accredited for their students to be able to use federal subsidies to pay for college.
EdStat: On the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment’s Math Tests for 15-Year-Olds, the United States Ranked 39th
Continuing “business as usual” puts the U.S. below the average math-skill level in developed countries, faring only slightly better than Croatia and Greece.
EdStat: Between 2010 and 2016, NACIQI Identified Compliance Issues with 80% of the Accreditors Requesting a Status Renewal
Critics have observed that NACIQI and the U.S. Department of Education rarely hold accreditors accountable for their outcomes.
EdStat: In the Five Years After Right-to-Work Reform, Union-Dues Revenue per Teacher Decreased by $316 in Wisconsin
These figures suggest that, in right-to-work states, teachers unions lost power not only in numbers, but also in terms of dollar resources.
A higher-education institution has to participate in an accreditation review every five to ten years to stay accredited.
EdStat: In the Five Years Following Right-to-Work Reform in Wisconsin, the National Education Association (NEA) Affiliate Lost Approximately 52 Percent of its Members
During the same period of time, trends in agency-shop states remained stable.
EdStat: As of 2012-2013, Seven Regional Accreditors Collectively Oversaw the Colleges that Enrolled Over 90% of All U.S. College Students
Over the course of 200 years, accreditors transformed from voluntary college associations into the gatekeepers for billions of dollars of public aid.
But teachers usually don’t get to pick their own programs.
EdStat: The National Education Association is Currently Estimating Membership Losses at 300,000 Nationwide
Membership losses will result in a steep decline in revenue.
An upcoming Supreme Court decision might end the controversial practice of allowing public-sector unions to collect agency fees.
EdStat: For Teachers Who Report that Covering Housing Costs is Very Difficult, the Chronic Absenteeism Rate is Nine Percentage Points Higher
Long commutes combine with rising rents to create economic anxiety.
EdStat: In 2016, Raising Blended Learners Chose Five “Demonstration Sites” to Receive Grants of up to $500,000 Over Three Years
These sites had mixed to modest gains in student achievement, though educators report greater student ownership of learning and fewer disciplinary problems.
EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, Only 46 Percent of Less-Educated White Respondents Favor Higher School Spending
Fifty-five percent of more-educated white respondents share that view.
EdStat: The Next Generation Learning Challenges Have Allocated More than $25 Million across Seven Regional Funds
But has NGLC funding expanded the adoption of personalized learning in those regions?
EdStat: Four of the 5 States with F Grades in 2009 Achieved a C+ or Higher for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017
Researchers at Education Next have graded state proficiency standards on an A–F scale since 2005.
EdStat: Students Attending Schools Backed by Silicon Schools Score 15 Points Above Proficiency on California State Assessments, on Average
Critically, more than two-thirds of students attending schools backed by Silicon Schools are from low-income families.
EdStat: 69 Percent of Americans Support Laws Allowing States to Take Control of Local Districts Where Academic Performance Has Been Low for Several Years
Teachers are less favorable toward these laws but nevertheless lean toward support.
EdStat: In 2017, Only 9 Percentage Points Separated the Proficiency Results on the Average State Test from the NAEP Results for That State
In 2005, 35 percentage points separated these two results.
EdStat: When the Public is Told How Much Teachers Currently Earn, Only 36 Percent Support Raising Teacher Salaries
According to the EdNext poll, support is down 5 percentage points from 2016.
EdStat: Nine of 24 States with D- to D+ Grades in 2009 Received A Grades for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017
The relatively close alignment between state and national assessments represents a major improvement from 2009 when the Common Core initiative began.
EdStat: There are Over 500 Medium- and High-Poverty Census Tracts across the Country without Nearby Charter Elementary Schools
The Opportunity Zone program might help make these “charter school deserts” fewer and farther between.
EdStat: 16 States and the District of Columbia Received a Grade of A or A- for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017
Since 2005, researchers at Education Next have graded state proficiency standards on an A–F scale.
EdStat: The Differences between Teacher-Preparation Programs are Negligible When It Comes to Teacher Quality, Amounting to No More Than 3 Percent of the Average Test-Score Gap between Students from Low-Income Families and their More Affluent Peers
If policymakers want to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of their graduates, there may be better ways to do it.
For the general public, opposition to the Common Core has more than tripled, from 13% in 2013 to 42% in 2016.