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College Still Pays Off Abundantly A San Francisco Federal Reserve study concludes that “the value of college is high and not declining over time.” For most students, “tuition costs… can be recouped by age 40, after which college graduates continue to earn a return on their investment in the form of higher lifetime wages.” LMI Win-Win Network 1039 0  05/08/2014
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12th Grade Math and Reading Scores Unchanged from 2009 to 2013 The U.S. Education Dept. has issued its latest analysis of reading and math test results for 12th graders for 2013. Comparing 2013 with the previous 2009 tests, overall average scores were identical in each subject. We've summarized trends for various groups and for the 13 available states. LMI Win-Win Network 1387 0  05/08/2014
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Secondary Career Coursework Drops NCES has released a 2-page brief showing a roughly half-year drop in the amount of career/technical education (CTE) taken by public high school graduates between 1990 and 2009. All of the decline from 4.2 to 3.6 credits occurred since 2000. This drop is in marked contrast to the significant increase in academic coursetaking over the same period. LMI Win-Win Network 1291 0  11/19/2013
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Mismatch: College Majors & Jobs A recent survey found that 32 percent of college-educated workers reported that had not held a job related to their college major. Nearly half of college-educated workers said their first job after college was not related to their college major. Some 36 percent of all college-educated workers said they wished they chose a different major. LMI Win-Win Network 1273 0  11/18/2013
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Limited Spoken English Proficiency, by State AIR has produced a set of 2-page profiles of the adult education and limited spoken-English proficiency population, for both the U.S. and the states. The profiles include adult education spending and enrollment data plus the population without a high school credential, but the most uniquely valuable data analyze spoken English proficiency by labor force status, gender, age, race, and Hispanic origin. LMI Win-Win Network 1359 0  11/18/2013
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Everything I Needed to Know I DIDN'T Learn in High School ETA has consolidated a wealth of information on the tested skills, coursework, and study efforts of high school students (and college students as well for study time) in several recently-issued products. LMI Win-Win Network 1864 0  10/22/2013
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Follow-up of 9th to 11th Graders NCES has issued the first results from its follow-up of how 9th graders fared 2.5 years later, when most of the students were in the Spring term of 11th grade. The results include important findings on dropping out, progress by socioeconomic background, math scores, and students’ preparation and expectations for adulthood. LMI Win-Win Network 1147 0  10/17/2013
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College Degree Needed? A new Gallup poll found that two-fifths of workers with a Bachelor’s degree only don't believe that their job requires a Bachelor’s or more advanced degree, and 37 percent of those earning $75,000 or more annually concurred. Even 33 percent of the executive/managerial/professional respondents agreed. LMI Win-Win Network 716 0  09/10/2013
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4 Decades of Reading & Math Scores NAEP has issued its latest analysis of reading and math test results from the early 1970s to 2012. Unfortunately, for age 17 — the highest age examined — there has been no clear trend toward improvement over the past four decades in these two subjects. There has been progress in narrowing the test score gap between Whites and minorities, and between boys and girls. LMI Win-Win Network 1225 0  09/10/2013
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College Grads’ Job Mismatches A New York Federal Reserve Bank study shows a surprisingly weak correspondence between either a Bachelor’s degree and the field of study with the occupation in which individuals are later employed. Only 62 percent of Bachelor’s degree holders worked in occupations that required a Bachelor’s degree, and a mere 27 percent worked in occupations directly released to their college major. LMI Win-Win Network 665 0  05/21/2013
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Should You Go To College? The Brookings Institution has issued a useful briefing paper summarizing recent research on the value of a Bachelor’s degree, concluding that although on average higher education unquestionably pays off, the return on investment for postsecondary education varies widely and is in some cases negative. The educational major, occupation, and cost and selectivity of the school matter greatly. LMI Win-Win Network 427 0  05/10/2013
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12th Graders’ Economics Knowledge The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released its assessment of economics knowledge among 12th graders for 2012. Overall, more than half of students scored at a less than proficient level. The average 2012 score was not significantly different from that of 2006, but lower-scoring students and Hispanic students did experience small but significantly higher scores over this period. LMI Win-Win Network 287 0  04/26/2013
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Employment and Education by Age 25 BLS has issued the latest data from its National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, showing dramatic disparities by age 25 in employment histories between the most and least educated young adults. Almost all of those who’d completed college were employed (93 percent) during October at the time they were 25, compared with only 60 percent of those who hadn’t finished high school. LMI Win-Win Network 307 0  04/09/2013
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Educational Attainment & Economic Growth The private sector Milken Institute has concluded that educational attainment strongly influences economic growth, based upon an analysis of 261 metropolitan areas with comparable data from 1990-2010. LMI Win-Win Network 288 0  03/18/2013
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President’s 2013 Economic Report The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has issued the 2013 Economic Report of the President, with Chapter 4 covering "Jobs, Workers and Skills.” LMI Win-Win Network 282 0  03/18/2013
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Remedial Courses Drop in the 2000s The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics has issued the latest in its series of surveys on the proportion of first-year postsecondary undergraduates who report enrolling in remedial courses. The percentage of first-year students who enrolled in remedial courses declined since the 1990s. However, the survey sheds no direct light on the skill level of postsecondary students. LMI Win-Win Network 499 0  01/15/2013
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HS Students Taking More Demanding Courses The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has just released ”A comparison of college attendance and high school coursework from two cohorts of youth. Comparing two age cohorts of high school students, from the latter 1970s/early 1980s vs. the latter 1990s/early 2000s, the younger students took much more demanding coursework in math, science and foreign languages. This, combined with individuals’ rising propensity to pursue postsecondary education, suggests a workforce that is better skilled than formerly. LMI Win-Win Network 796 0  10/11/2012
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12th Grade Writing Assessment The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics has released “Writing 2011,” its assessment of the written proficiencies of 8th and 12th grade students. Since national writing tests are rarely performed for the adult population, this assessment of high school seniors provides the closest approximation of adult skills in this area. The assessment ranked students at three levels: basic, proficient and advanced. Among seniors, the proportions scoring about at or above each of the three levels were 79, 27, and 3 percent, respectively. LMI Win-Win Network 335 0  09/14/2012
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Postsecondary Attainment Problems for Minorities and Others The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released a Congressionally-mandated report analyzing problems in postsecondary educational attainment by gender, race and Hispanic origin. This 300 page study makes use of a broad variety of governmental and private sector surveys, and in addition to the demographic groups above examines Whites, African Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. LMI Win-Win Network 326 0  09/05/2012
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Workshop on Key National Education Indicators The National Research Council has issued a summary of a January 2012 workshop, Key National Education Indicators (Washington: National Academies Press, 2012). Employment-related indicators are discussed in Chapters 4 (Indicators for Higher Education) and 5 (Indicators for Adult Postsecondary Education and Training). The report includes a review of which indicators would be desirable, and the challenges and problems in collecting these data. LMI Win-Win Network 294 0  08/07/2012
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