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As a group, growth on measures of receptive vocabulary and math skills of children who received preschool special education services decelerated, or slowed down, as the children got older. At age 3, children with a speech or language impairment had a significantly higher mean on the receptive vocabulary measure than children with a developmental delay, and this gap persisted at age 10.

Source: A Longitudinal View of the Receptive Vocabulary and Math Achievement of Young Children with Disabilities

 

THE NEWS

ACADEMIC PREPARATION
New school year to see more virtual classes
By Laura Isensee, The Miami Herald
Starting with this year’s crop of ninth graders, every high schooler in the state must take an online class to graduate. Not can take an online class. Must — whether they have a computer at home or not. This is the brave new (cyber) world of public education. School begins Monday.

U.S. Math, reading proficiency falls short in global analysis
By Erik Robelen, Education Week
You've heard it before: Student achievement in the United States trails that of many industrialized nations. Well, results of a new study summarized in the journal Education Next, takes a fresh look at recent data to gauge the proficiency rates of U.S. students in comparison to their international peers.

Students need ‘Bs’ to keep parents’ cash flowing. Fidelity says
By Alexis Leondis, Bloomberg News
Two-thirds of U.S. parents said they’ll only pay for their children’s college education if they maintain minimum grades of B, on average, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments. The average grade point parents will require to pay tuitions is 3.1 out of 4.0, or about a B, once their kids are in college, based on the survey of almost 2,400 families released today by the Boston-based mutual-fund company.

 

POSTSECONDARY ACCESS SUCCESS
College dropouts cost themselves, and Nevada, millions of dollars in earning potential
By Paul Takahashi, Las Vegas Sun
A new report that crunches the numbers on the missed earning potential of college dropouts says failing to graduate results in millions of dollars in lost income and tax revenue that could have helped spur economic redevelopment in Nevada and across the country.

Is higher education worth it? Or is it the next big bubble?
By Jenna Ashley Robinson, The Investor’s Business Daily
You've undoubtedly heard the conventional wisdom: Going to college yields a high return on the investment, whatever its cost. Even if college is expensive, it will more than pay off in the end—or that's what everyone says.

7 in 10 students have skipped buying a textbook because of its cost, survey finds
By Molly Redden, The Chronicle of Higher Education
For many students and their families, scraping together the money to pay for college is a big enough hurdle on its own. But a new survey has found that, once on a campus, many students are unwilling or unable to come up with more money to buy books—one of the very things that helps turn tuition dollars into academic success.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
English students shun the high road and the low to favourite institutions
By David Matthews, Times Higher Education
The Scottish universities that are traditionally most popular with English students have seen applications from the rest of the UK fall more sharply than others in Scotland. Universities and Colleges Admissions Service statistics show a 14.9 per cent drop in English applications to Scotland since the beginning of the year.

Top unis struggle on teaching
By John Ross, The Australian
Australia’s sandstone universities receive lukewarm ratings for the qualifications of their staff and poor ratings for the quality of their teaching, despite being easily the most desirable destinations for top school students. Tertiary education expert Leesa Wheelahan said the result, revealed last week in the latest ‘Good Universities Guide’, was no surprise. She said top universities had always ranked poorly on teaching because they were primarily concerned with research.

Amid protests, Greece enacts bill meant to make universities more competitive
By Aisha Labi, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Greek Parliament on Wednesday passed by an overwhelming majority a sweeping and controversial bill that seeks to reform a university sector that is widely regarded as among the most dysfunctional and underperforming in Europe.

 

REPORTS WORTH READING
Farther, Faster: Six Promising Programs Show How Career Pathway Bridges Help Basic Skills Students Earn Credentials That Matter
This brief highlights six promising programs that show how career pathway bridges help lower-skilled students move farther and faster along college and career paths through dual enrollment in linked basic skills and occupational certificate courses. Because creating such bridges requires collaboration across college silos, they can also transform the way colleges operate.

High Cost of Low Graduation Rates: How Much Does Dropping Out of College Really Cost?
This report shows the high costs of low college graduation rates in terms of lost income and in lower tax receipts for federal and state governments. These estimated losses are for one year and for one class of students. Further, this report focuses on only one cohort of students; however, losses of this magnitude are incurred by each and every college class.

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