Some of the News Fit to Print
ADVICE, CAUTION FROM EARLY ADOPTERS OF NEW TEACHER EVALUATIONS
Two-thirds of states are in the process of adopting new evaluations, and many will include student achievement, along with intensive classroom observations. It's unclear whether the new evaluations will have the desired effect. But early adopters say they have at least begun to pinpoint what hasn't worked, and what teachers and principals find most useful. The article is in the Hechinger Report.
ABOUT HIGHER ED
THE EDUCATION REVOLUTION OPENS UP THE PATH LESS TAKEN
Jeff Selingo writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Last spring, Ithaca S+R, the research service of the nonprofit group Ithaka, which promotes the use of technology in education, released the results of a study that found students learned just as much in the hybrid format of a statistics course at six public universities as they would have in a traditional version of the course. In releasing the study’s findings, William G. Bowen, a former president of Princeton University and an architect of the research, said “the most important single result” was that “it calls into question the position of the skeptic who says, ‘I don’t want to try this because it will hurt my students.’”
THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF POSTSECONDARY DEGREES
President Obama, philanthropic and policy organizations, and states have set bold goals essentially to double the number of postsecondary degrees and certificates produced in the next 8 to 13 years. Behind this commitment to increased attainment is a value proposition for policymakers and the general public that achieving these goals will lead to social and economic benefits for individuals, states, and the nation. While the relationship between education and income is strong, incomes vary significantly among the types of degrees by level and discipline and within each state. It is beneficial for policymakers to understand market conditions as they make investments in higher education. Under the State Policy Resource Center (SPRC), SHEEO releases the Economic Benefit of Postsecondary Degrees: A State and National Level Analysis. This information is from the SHEEO website.
AUTHORS HELP STANFORD PRESS PUBLISH YOUNG SCHOLARS
Stanford University Press has started inviting authors to donate some or all of their royalties to a new fund with the goal of publishing more books by younger scholars. Alan Harvey, director of the press, said a few thousand dollars has been raised so far, and that more is likely -- especially when authors of some of the most popular books join the program. The funds will be set aside so that when the press is considering its ability to publish promising work by a young scholar, there is extra money available. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.