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The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Education Next – Martin R. West, Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson and Samuel Barrows

“There’s no denying political climate change. The past 18 months have seen an enormous swing in the Washington power balance, a shift that has heightened the polarization that has characterized our public life for more than a decade now. How has this divisive political climate influenced public opinion on education policy and reform? And how much, if at all, has the new president swayed the public’s views? The 2017 Education Next survey, conducted in May and June of this year, offers us an opportunity to explore these questions and many more.”(more)

Giving Data Meaning: Students Should Have A Say In What Analytics Tell You About Them

Ed Surge – Leif Nelson and Timothy D. Harfield

“When students interact with digital learning environments, they leave behind trails of data. The desire to understand and improve learning has led many educators to consider the value and utility of this information. But what can these data traces actually tell us about the students who left them, and how do we translate them into meaningful action?.”(more)

Report finds major matter more for graduate earnings than institutional brand

Education Dive – Pat Donachie

“A new report from the University of Texas System and the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analyzed the economic ramifications of a student’s college choice, finding that the major the student selects may be more predictive of future economic success than the particular college in which they’ve enrolled.”(more)

Why can’t college graduates write coherent prose?

The Washington Post – Jeffrey J. Selingo

“He’s not alone in his opinion. According to national surveys, employers want to hire college graduates who can write coherently, think creatively and analyze quantitative data. But the Conference Board has found in its surveys of corporate hiring leaders that writing skill is one of the biggest gaps in workplace readiness. That’s why so many employers now explicitly ask for writing and communications skills in their job advertisements. An analysis by Burning Glass Technologies, which studies job trends in real time by mining data from employment ads, found that writing and communications are the most requested job requirements across nearly every industry, even fields such as information technology and engineering.”(more)

When It Comes to College, Only Half of America’s High Schoolers Say They Feel Prepared, Survey Finds

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“Only half of U.S. students think their high schools have prepared them with the knowledge and skills they need for college, according to recent survey data. Compiled by the nonprofit YouthTruth, the data reveal an uncertainty among high schoolers in how to become ready for college and careers. The survey didn’t require students to explain why they felt they way they did — but anonymous comments provide some clues.”(more)

Seeking stronger pipelines, higher ed is getting more hands-on in K-12

Education Dive – Pat Donachie

“Some college leaders and administrators maintain that it is essential, for a variety of reasons, to establish and support partnerships with the neighborhoods surrounding a school, and partnering with local school districts is one substantial path to doing so. In a March panel discussion at SXSWedu, Rutgers University-Camden Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement Nyeema Watson spoke about how the school had previously been known for having a poor or non-existent relationship with the surrounding community. Over time, and with her urging, it has taken on initiatives and programs that have helped establish a strong relationship with the city while making postsecondary learning a tangible option for local students.”(more)