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“Lento Pero Seguro,” English Learners Maintain Consistent Gains Click here to download the full report as PDF. Executive SummaryEnglish learners scored at 7 percent proficiency nationally in fourth-grade reading on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), an outcome that has remained effectively unchanged since 2003. [Read More...]
Lexington Institute Files Public Comment on Modernizing the E-Rate Program Filed with the Federal Communications CommissionThe Lexington Institute filed the following public comment with the Federal Communications Commission regarding their proposed rulemaking on Modernizing the E-Rate Program to promote broadband internet access for schools and libraries. October 11, 2013 [Read More...]
Carpe Diem’s Personalized Learning Posts Big Gains in Indianapolis Carpe Diem’s Indianapolis campus, its first outside of Yuma, Arizona, not only defied expectations for any first-year high school, it posted academic outcomes that just may cause many urban educators to reconsider their own expectations. On the NWEA assessments the [Read More...]
KIPP: Empower Posts Transformative Outcomes in Los Angeles One of the most innovative elementary schools in the country produced some of the strongest results in California’s state assessment system, and the takeaway for public schools across the nation may prove game-changing. KIPP: Empower Academy, a public charter school [Read More...]
California English Learners Continue to Post the Smallest of Reading Gains Click here to download printer-friendly PDF.California public schools have not, for the most part, had much success increasing proficiency rates for most English learners. This has been the case in both English language arts and math for most students, [Read More...]
It’s About High-Quality Educational Choices for Every Child Remarks at U.S. Senate School Choice Town Hall I am Don Soifer and I have served on the Board of the DC Public Charter School Board since 2008. I am also Executive Vice President of the Lexington Institute, a public [Read More...]
Nation’s Power Grid Too Vulnerable? The electric power grid in the United States is highly vulnerable to cyberattacks and other threats, concluded a report issued on Wednesday by Congressmen Ed Markey (D-MA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA). “More than a dozen utilities” reported that deliberate cyber [Read More...]
Time for a Virginia School Takeover Plan Richmond Times-Dispatch It has been a long time since Virginia could reasonably be considered a hotbed of educational innovation. This is the unavoidable backdrop against which Governor McDonnell seeks support for a new round of targeted education reforms. In particular, [Read More...]
Virginia Needs Teach for America Roanoke (VA) Times Virginia’s public officials are fond of describing the Commonwealth’s schools as among the finest in the nation. But while students here perform very well on national indicators, typically in the highest one-fourth of states on nationally-administered exams [Read More...]
Blended Learning Video Library As high-quality blended learning models proliferate around the country in traditional public, public charter and private schools, keeping current can be a challenge. These videos may prove helpful. If you have other suggestions, please let us know and we’d be [Read More...]
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