High school testing helps university freshman avoid remedial classes, study says
April 24th, 2009 - By Laurel Rosenhall - The Sacramento Bee
A 5-year-old program to test high school juniors to determine if they're ready for college is reducing the number of Sacramento State freshmen who need to take remedial math and English.
Freshmen enrollment in remedial math fell 4 percent, and the number taking remedial English dropped 6 percent after California's public high schools started testing juniors with the "Early Assessment Program," researchers from UC Davis, Sacramento State and the University of Minnesota report in a new study.
Education reform is a defining issue
March 9th, 2009 - By HAROLD FORD JR. - Politico
President Barack Obama’s recent speech on education reform demonstrates that he is willing to put the full weight of his office behind fixing our failing schools. He called for higher standards, more charter schools, merit pay and eliminating bad teachers. When many of our urban school districts are graduating only 25 percent to 50 percent of their students, he knows that the failed methods and orthodoxies must be jettisoned for what will work.
The brave new world of the 21st century demands much more from our children. Obama’s ambitious and sweeping agenda will help educate and equip them to make the most of the opportunities created by an integrated global economy.
Public education in U.S. falls short, Obama says
March 11th, 2009 - By Howard Blume and Seema Mehta - The Los Angeles Times
President Barack Obama strongly condemned the state of public education Tuesday, calling for more charter schools, higher salaries for effective teachers and the faster firing of bad ones, an agenda that could put him at odds with some longtime Democratic stalwarts in teachers unions.
"It's time to start rewarding good teachers, stop making excuses for bad ones," Obama told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington. "From the moment students enter a school, the most important factor in their success is not the color of their skin or the income of their parents, it's the person standing at the front of the classroom."