President Obama Proposes a College Rating System

On September 3, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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Citing the growing crisis in student loan debt, and with college costs rising faster than grants and aid, President Obama last week proposed a plan design to put a lid on rising tuition costs by tying US federal student aid to college performance.

Is Summer Vacation On the Way Out?

On July 2, 2013, in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Summer vacation is an American tradition like turkey on Thanksgiving. But American students are falling behind in the global education/skills marketplace—and summer vacation could be part of the problem.

US High School Graduation Rate Hits 30-Year High

On June 11, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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According to a new study, high school graduation rates in the US are at their highest point since 1973. Almost 75% of US high school students earned their diploma in 2010 (the most recent available data).

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11 Most “Wicked Awesome” Education Infographics I’ve Seen Lately

On November 7, 2012, in Education, General, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Who doesn’t love a good infographic?

This Week is National College Affordability Week

On October 9, 2012, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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Total US student loan debt for borrowers in their twenties has more than doubled since 2005 – and now stands at almost $300 billion. (Total student loan balances have surpassed the well-publicized $1 trillion mark.) Likewise, the average twenty-something college student’s personal debt burden has also more than doubled in that timeframe, to almost $21,000. These days two out of three college graduates leave with loan debt, versus less than one out of three just ten years ago.

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President Obama and Mitt Romney – Where Do They Differ on Education Policy?

On July 31, 2012, in Education, General, In The News, Teaching, by Scott Cronenweth
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So where do the two candidates differ on education? One area is on federal involvement in education. In step with the massive cuts their budget votes made to school funding over the next two years, Republicans – including Romney – want to dismantle the US Department of Education.

Does Teacher Performance Pay Improve Student Achievement?

On May 22, 2012, in Education, In The News, Pay for Performance, Teaching, by Scott Cronenweth
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A recent study by the international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found no clear link between performance pay for teachers and higher student achievement in schools.

Will Waiver Program Effectively End SES?

On November 22, 2011, in Education, Education Industry, In The News, Tutoring, Uncategorized, by Scott Cronenweth
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Already thirty-seven states plus the District of Columbia have said that they intend to apply for an SES waiver between now and mid-February 2012. If granted, the waivers would free districts in these states from setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars each year for after-school tutoring targeting the lowest-performing students. This sweeping change would effectively end SES, which has already been eliminated from the Senate’s version of the updated NCLB legislation.

Steve Jobs’ Impact on Teaching and Tutoring

On October 11, 2011, in Education, General, In The News, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Though a college dropout himself, Steve Jobs did much to revolutionize educational technology, and even education itself.

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StoryCorp’s National Teachers Initiative Celebrates Teaching

On September 27, 2011, in Education, General, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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On September 19, StoryCorps launched its National Teachers Initiative at the White House. The Initiative celebrates the contributions of America’s public school teachers.

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