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Pop culture’s fascination with science, technology, engineering, and math jobs is vast. From a fixation on the applications and impacts of automation and artificial intelligence, to an enduring interest in startups and technology entrepreneurship, it seems we cannot go more than a day without a headline using the phrase “Jobs of the Future.”
Since the inception of The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965 there have been a variety of measures instituted to address disparities in the quality of education such as changing fund allocation mechanisms, providing incentives for schools, altering tax distribution (local, state, and federal), and enforcing accountability measures. Despite these measures, there are still significant differences in the quality of education across different demographics. In order to close these gaps, the U.S. government needs to reassess the funding mechanism for public schools in order to minimize the disparities between the resources available to school districts in wealthy and poor neighborhoods.
Debate over the best way to improve education has been raging for years. Proponents for school choice believe the education system should act like a market economy – give consumers (parents and students) the option to choose what school fits their needs best.
Although school choice is currently a hot topic in the news, the alternative approach to K-12 education is not always well understood. This primer to school choice will explain what school choice means, present the school choice movement and its surrounding debate, and connect the ideology to current federal policy priorities outlined by the Trump Administration.
China seems to be unwilling to agree to terms that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross claimed they would in May. Homeland Security has also stated that they will allow 15,000 more seasonal work visas to help with industries unrelated to agriculture. This all comes as student loans are reported to be the driving reason behind lower homeownership among millennials.
Alliance for Excellent Education
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. The Alliance works to encourage the development and implementation of federal and national policies that support effective high school reform and increased student achievement and attainment. It works to synthesize and distribute research and information about promising practices that enlightens the national debate about education policies and options. The Alliance provides sound, objective, nonpartisan advice that informs decisions about policy creation and implementation.
Quick link to All4Ed’s State and National Data page: http://all4ed.org/state-data/national/
ED Data Express
ED Data Express is a Web site designed to improve the public’s ability to access and explore high-value state-level education data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The site is designed to be interactive and to present the data in a clear, easy-to-use manner, with options to download information into Excel or manipulate the data within the Web site. The site currently includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the Department’s Budget Service office.
ED Data Express home page: http://www.eddataexpress.ed.gov/
NAEP: Nation’s Report Card
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and beginning in 2014, in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL). To learn more about the NAEP, see: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/
The Nation’s Report Card (TM) informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States. Report cards communicate the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time.
Quick link to The Nation’s Report Card (TM): http://nationsreportcard.gov/about.aspx
Quick link to NAEP Website Tools and Applications: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/naeptools.asp
National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES has an extensive Statistical Standards Program that consults and advises on methodological and statistical aspects involved in the design, collection, and analysis of data collections in the Center. To learn more about the NCES, click here.
Quick link to NCES Data Tools: http://nces.ed.gov/datatools/index.asp?DataToolSectionID=4
Quick link to Quick Tables and Figures: http://nces.ed.gov/quicktables/
Quick link to NCES Fast Facts (Note: The primary purpose of the Fast Facts website is to provide users with concise information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning.): http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/#
U.S. Census Bureau: Educational Attainment Data (SIPP)
The Survey of Income and Program Participation collects information about respondent’s highest level of school completed or degree received, school enrollment, job training, courses or programs studied, school costs and financing, and dates of receipt of high school and postsecondary degrees or diplomas for persons 15 years of age and older. Estimates are available at the national level. The SIPP includes a topical module on field of training, asked of each panel since 1984.
Quick link to additional education data available from the U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/index.html