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Acknowledging that the nation’s educators face large challenges in preparing students for more rigorous academic standards and tests, Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, informed state education officials on Tuesday that they could postpone using the tests to make career decisions about teachers. Over the past 18 months, states have agreed to adopt new “college and career ready” standards and to tether teacher performance ratings partly to student achievement on standardized tests based on those new standards.
A growing student-loan debt-relief industry is profiting from consumers’ confusion and desperation, charging as much as $1,600 to sign them up for these repayment plans, according to a report to be released today by the Boston-based National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy and research group. Such companies are proliferating because borrowers are buckling under the weight of student loans, which now total $1 trillion, exceeding all other consumer debt aside from mortgages.
The provosts of Big 10 universities and the University of Chicago are in high-level talks to create an online education network across their campuses, which collectively enroll more than 500,000 students a year. And they have concluded that they – not corporate entrepreneurs and investors -- must drive online education efforts. The plans and concerns are outlined in a position paper that comes just as education technology companies, including Coursera and 2U, are working to expand or deepen their ties to universities.
Congress may let student loan interest rates double July 1, but some federal workers and congressional staff likely are protected from the impact by a taxpayer-funded benefit that provided more than $20 million last year for them to pay down their college debts. A review of congressional spending records showed that the House of Representatives spent almost $15 million last year to pay down staffers' student loans, while the Senate spent almost $6 million.
Starting with traditional college-age men commuting to the campus in the 2013-14 school year, Wilson College officials expect the male presence at the formerly all-women's college to gradually build over time. Just a handful of traditional-age male students are expected to study at Wilson this fall, according to Brian Speer, vice president for marketing and communications, due to the timing of the decision made this winter.
You can’t read about higher education these days without coming across multiple references to MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses. More people are probably writing and talking about MOOCs than actual students are completing online courses, but either way you count it, MOOC mania is widespread. On my campus, however, we might not have MOOCs, but we do have MIICs — Massively Intensive Innovative Courses. Allow me to explain.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan bowed to (some) reason Tuesday and announced that he was giving states some flexibility in regard to when they had to use student scores from new Common Core-aligned standardized tests to evaluate teachers. Psychometricians have warned for years that linking student standardized test scores to the evaluation of teachers and principals is an unfair and invalid way of assessment, but it has become popular among school reformers who believe that the “data” from the test results — when plugged into a complicated formula — can tell how effective teachers really are.
As colleges begin using massive open online courses (MOOC) to reduce faculty costs, a Johns Hopkins University professor has announced plans for MOOA (massive open online administrations). Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg says that many colleges and universities face the same administrative issues every day. By having one experienced group of administrators make decisions for hundreds of campuses simultaneously, MOOA would help address these problems expeditiously and economically.
Four years ago, Ed O'Bannon filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Since then Mr. O'Bannon's complaint has broadened to include potentially thousands of current and former football and men's basketball players, all laying claim to a share of the billions of dollars in broadcast revenue flowing into the game. This week a federal judge is set to consider whether to certify the matter as a class action. What's at stake is not just the issue of players' rights to revenue, but the very nature of college sports and the NCAA's role in regulating it, legal scholars say.
Six months after the inauguration, one of the biggest questions facing the Education Department is whether it has the personpower to carry out its ambitious, if still hazy, agenda. While the departures themselves aren’t out of the ordinary, observers here say they have created an almost unprecedented number of vacancies among career Education Department staff, political appointees and White House crafters of education policy.
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