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Community success is predicated on the support of education, housing, health, and safety. In other words, to make a community successful, one must look for solutions and programs that create cooperation across a variety of stakeholders. Complex problems originating from multiple sectors can most effectively be solved by using cross-sector collaborations. Ultimately, these cross-sector collaborations and collective impact initiatives can yield better results than isolated impact approaches. The term “Collective Impact” was first coined by John Kania and Mark Kramer in an article published in 2011 in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Collective impact is defined as “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.” The five conditions for successful collective impact initiatives are: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support organizations.
Postsecondary Institution Accreditation: The Tension Between Consumer Protection and Higher Education InnovationAccreditation provides a vital role in allocating federal student aid to postsecondary institutions of higher education (IHEs). As gatekeepers of the Higher Education Act’s (HEA) Title IV funds, accrediting agencies are expected to be “reliable authorities on the quality of education being offered.” For this reason, the United States Department of Education’s (ED) use of accreditation facilitates its decision-making on which IHEs receive funds. However, with more than $14 trillion in outstanding federal student loan debt, the accreditation process has come under scrutiny.
Reading the temperature on a mercury thermometer. Understanding product reviews. Navigating online job search sites. These all seem simple enough, but many U.S. adults struggle to complete daily tasks such as these. Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a multi-country survey of adults conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), showed that large shares of the U.S. population lacked proficiency in a range of core competencies including literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving.
Michelle Obama has called education the “single-most important civil rights issue” of today. President George Bush has referred to education as “the great civil rights issue of our time.” Similarly, President Trump has vocalized support for education spending, despite his administration’s efforts to pass major budget cuts for existing programs and funnel more public funds into controversial school choice programs.  Regardless, all of these statements point to a recognition that education is the proverbial ladder to a better life—to the procurement of the American Dream. In an age in which many are questioning what it means to be an American and to pursue the Dream, economic mobility remains central to this famed ideal. But what is a better life? And, who can realistically dream of attaining it?
For nearly 75 years, the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more commonly known as the GI Bill, has provided grants for veterans to attend college or a vocational school and take out low-interest loans to start their own businesses. However, modernization has been made to the GI Bill, with the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008—known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill—and the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, or the Forever GI Bill to allow the program to adapt to the 21st Century. These two modern bills have created more opportunities for veterans to continue their education after they finish their military service, allowing more students to attend higher education programs.
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