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How to plan for a future of education where disruption is the norm

Whether it’s a pandemic or climate change, the future of education looks like disruption - and by accepting that the COVID-19 virus is going to be a constant, school districts can innovate and prepare for a multitude of unknowns, including disaster.... Read more»

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Many certificate programs don’t pay off, but colleges want to keep offering them anyway

Certificates are the fastest-growing credential in higher education, touted as solutions for people who want training fast - but nearly two-thirds of undergraduate certificate programs left their students worse off than the typical high school graduate. ... Read more»

'More than a warm body': Schools try long-term solutions to substitute teacher shortage

Long before the coronavirus pandemic forced states to take desperate measures to find substitutes, schools often struggled to cover teacher absences - now, school districts want more than quick fixes.... Read more»

Analysis

States stuck trying to fix early ed pay as feds drop the ball

Evidence suggests that focusing on wages in early early childhood education could help stabilize the industry - but as legislation that would help address the lack of adequate pay is stalled in Congress, some states are tackling the issue of compensation.... Read more»

Momentum builds behind a way to lower the cost of college: A degree in 3 years

Several conventional colleges and universities are offering bachelor’s degrees in three years instead of the customary four as students and families increasingly chafe at the more than four years - and the cost - it now takes most of those earning degrees.... Read more»

Trucking companies train you on the job — just don’t try to quit

Each year, thousands of aspiring truck drivers sign up for training with some of the nation’s biggest freight haulers - but the training programs often fail to deliver the compensation and working conditions they promise.... Read more»

Standardized tests in their current format are 'incredibly antiquated'

Before the pandemic, a growing number of parents, educators and advocates criticized how students were tested and the importance placed on statewide tests - now, experts on both sides of the debate say this is the moment to reconsider testing.... Read more»

Proof points: Education official sounds alarm bell about high school classes

A study found that in 2019, high schoolers were taking more rigorous courses, such as physics and calculus - but during that same period, 12th grade achievement fell, a sign that students aren’t mastering foundational basics.... Read more»

Fewer Latinos going to college, despite population growth

The number of colleges with Latino enrollment of at least 25 percent - designated as Hispanic-serving Institutions - has declined during the pandemic, reversing a 20-year trend in higher education, and putting these students at a disadvantage.... Read more»

After the pandemic disrupted their high school educations, students are arriving at college unprepared

Many students whose last years of high school were disrupted by the pandemic are struggling academically in the foundational college courses they need - now, as college students, they are not only are less prepared than they should be, they’ve forgotten how to be students.... Read more»

English learners in college: From marginalized to invisible

From kindergarten through 12th grade, students learning English are entitled to the resources to get them the same education as English-proficient peers, but what they receive varies drastically depending on where they live - and the path to college is largely uncharted and unregulated.... Read more»

Analysis

Another million adults ‘have stepped off the path to the middle class’

A sharp decline in the number of Americans going to college - down nearly a million since the start of the pandemic and by nearly 3 million over the last decade - could alter American society for the worse, even as economic rivals such as China vastly increase university enrollment.... Read more»

Combining remote and in-person learning led to chaos, study finds

A small study of teachers across nine states finds that the hybrid solution - allowing children to learn remotely along with their in-person classmates - is the worst way to teach because it’s exhausting for teachers to toggle between the two modes and all students appear to learn less.... Read more»

Long disparaged, education for the skilled trades is slowly coming into fashion

Education for the skilled trades appears to be returning to fashion, as Americans see firsthand the labor shortages and rising pay in fields such as construction, transportation and logistics - along with the lower debt and the shorter timetables needed to train for them.... Read more»

Demand among Black, Latino students fuels college entrepreneurship programs

Increasing numbers of Black and Hispanic Americans are starting their own businesses - and in response, colleges and universities are launching or expanding entrepreneurship programs, which they see as a way of increasing enrollment and attracting more diverse students.... Read more»

‘You can’t staff for that’: Chaos looming for millions restarting their student loan payments

On February 1, 2022, barring one last extension, nearly 43 million people with federal student loans will have to start making payments on them again, and as the deadline looms, advocates are raising alarms that the loan system is not ready for the pressure.... Read more»

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