Some of the News Fit to Print
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BRINGING DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION TO SCALE
The Developmental Education Initiative (DEI), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and by Lumina Foundation, released a study that shows that colleges were able to expand the reach of their interventions in remedial education to keep students from dropping out of college — although, in most cases, not to the extent that they had hoped. The study notes that there is reason to think that some of the interventions improved student outcomes. The report singles out a number of factors that led to successful scale-up.
MINORITY APPLICANTS TO COLLEGE WILL RISE
Over the next decade, more students of color than ever before will pass through the gates of the nation's colleges and join the ranks of its work force, according to new projections by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. By the year 2020, minority students will account for 45 percent of the nation's public high-school graduates, up from 38 percent in 2009. In short, the number of white and black graduates will decline, and the number of Hispanic and Asian-American/Pacific Islander graduates will rise significantly. The article is in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
PROPOSED BUDGET INCREASES IN CALIFORNIA
Gov. Jerry Brown of California on Thursday released a proposed budget that includes substantial increases for higher education, which were made possible by a tax hike voters passed in November. Both the University of California and California State University Systems received an additional $250 million in funding, while the state's community college system received an increase of $197 million as well as $179 million for previously deferred commitments. Overall, the budget would increase funding for higher education by $1.3 billion, or 5.3 percent, compared to last year's allocation. At a news conference Thursday, Governor Brown also vowed to attend board meetings of the two university systems, in part to pressure other board members to keep tuition from going up. This information is from Inside Higher Ed’s Quick Takes.
TESTING GROUP PICKS ‘COLLEGE READINESS’ EXAM
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, or PARCC, has decided that students' college readiness in math in 22 states and the District of Columbia will be determined by an end-of-course test in the last of a three-course sequence. College readiness will be determined by students' scores on the Algebra 2 or Math 3 exam, depending on their course sequence. The article is in Education Week.
TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM PUTS MARYLAND FUNDS IN JEOPARDY
A letter from the Education Department to Maryland placed several major conditions on $37.9 million of the state's $250 million Race to the Top grant. If the state doesn't make good on those conditions, it risks losing that part of its grant. Maryland, like most other Race to the Top states, is struggling to implement its teacher- and principal-evaluation system exactly as it promised. The post is from Education Week’s Politics K-12 blog.