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: Colleges Have Estimated that an Accreditation Review Costs Over $1 Million

A higher-education institution has to participate in an accreditation review every five to ten years to stay accredited.

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.

A Missing Key Ingredient for Widespread Personalization: Innovative School Staffing

In typical schools, teachers just don’t have the daily guidance, constant feedback, and support from colleagues to improve fast when trying something new.

College Accreditation, Explained

An EdNext guide to how it works, who’s responsible for it, and more

EdStat: $18 Billion a Year is Spent on Professional Development for U.S. Teachers

But teachers usually don’t get to pick their own programs.

New Evidence on the Benefits of Small Group Math Instruction for Young Children

Small group instruction is ubiquitous in elementary schools when it comes to reading, but not for math. This study provides some preliminary evidence that small group instruction may be a promising approach for math instruction as well.

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.

How Governors Can Give All Students ‘Freshman Year for Free’

As the rising costs of tuition and fees outpace increases in financial aid and student debt skyrockets, there has never been a more critical time to bring innovation to our higher education system.

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?

Kickstarters for Personalized Learning

Local funds promote innovation—but for how long?

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: 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.

Did Tenure Reform in Florida Affect Student Test Scores?

There is some evidence that Florida’s “game changing” tenure reform law of 2011 slightly increased student test achievement in math and reading, and that the gains were more prominent for the lowest-performing students.

The Financial Stress of Teaching in Regions of Fast Economic Growth

Rising costs are creating substantial economic anxiety among teachers and possibly affecting their teaching practice.

EdStat: Total State and Local Spending on Higher Education Increased by 13.5 Percent (in Inflation-Adjusted Terms) from 1987 to 2015 Nationwide

The student population increased far more rapidly than state spending during the same period of time.

EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, 69 Percent of Respondents Support the Idea of Schools Providing Students with Laptops for Classroom Use

Approval is higher among parents and still higher among teachers.

EdStat: State and Local Funding for Higher Education has Declined to $7,152 per Student Enrolled in a Public Two- or Four-Year School

Even though states are spending more overall on higher education, these increases have not kept pace with enrollment growth.

Rating Teacher-Preparation Programs

Can value-added make useful distinctions?

Straight Up Conversation: Skyrocket Founder Michael Sonbert

Michael Sonbert, founder of Skyrocket Educator Training, trains teachers and leaders in 300 urban and turnaround schools.

EdStat: 53 Percent of the Higher-Education Spending Decline is Explained by Public-Welfare Spending

Doug Webber looks at state spending decisions to determine the relationship between higher-education funding declines and increases in other categories.

EdStat: Taxpayers Have Filed for Over Thirty Billion Dollars in Credits and Deductions for College Expenses They Paid in 2017

What impact do these tax benefits have on education?

EdStat: When Informed About Teachers’ Current Salaries, 36% of the Public Favor a Pay Raise for Teachers

Recent polls show that most Americans agree that teachers deserve a pay raise, but the annual EdNext survey has shown that the public’s views on teacher salaries change when respondents are given more information.

Higher Ed, Lower Spending

As States Cut Back, Where Has the Money Gone?

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