K-12 Research: March 2010 Archives

ACCESS proposal for MN K-16

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New proposal for K-12 in Minnesota. A number of U of M folks were on this task force: 

ACHIEVING COLLEGE AND CAREER‐READINESS FOR EVERY STUDENT'S SUCCESS
A PROPOSAL FOR A NEW HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM FOR MINNESOTA
COLLEGE AND CAREER‐READY POLICY INSTITUTE ASSESSMENT WORKING GROUP

"The Achieving College and Career‐readiness for Every Student's Success (ACCESS) assessment and accountability system proposed in this report utilizes multiple measures of learning to determine a student's eligibility to earn a high school diploma."

"in a broader sense its work was part of an ongoing effort to reposition Minnesota's educational and economic systems for success in the global Information Age. In that context, during the task force meetings members often discussed two related trends that are reshaping life in Minnesota today and that will have a dramatic affect on the future of the state and its citizens...."

"The first trend is the growing connection between education and economic success... The second trend that is remaking Minnesota is rapid demographic change. The percentages of students of color and low‐income students are rising rapidly in Minnesota's elementary and secondary schools, while the proportions of white and middle and upper‐income students is declining. Since 1989‐90, the number of students of color enrolled in Minnesota schools has doubled, totaling over 195,000 students. The numbers of low‐income students and students whose first language is not English are rising rapidly as well."

aacu.jpgReport posted on AAC&U news...
"The 2009 ACT National Curriculum Survey, Focusing on the Essentials for College and Career Readiness, included data collected from more than 7,500 middle school, high school, college, and college remedial instructors of English, mathematics, reading, and science about the skills being taught at each grade level, and which skills are considered essential for college."

"Important results of the 2009 survey included the fact that high school teachers tend to overstate their students' readiness for college-level reading; that both high school and college instructors believe that readiness for college and readiness for workforce training require comparable skills; and that high school educators report that they reduce academic expectations for non-college-bound students."

Access full report: http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/NationalCurriculumSurvey2009.pdf

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