Agencies Ponder the Inclusion of ELLs and Students with Disabilities in the NAEP

According to an August 21, 2012 Education Week article online, an official of the National Center for Education Statistic (NCES) indicated that NCES will not invoke sanctions against states that continue to exclude English language learners (ELL) and students with disabilities from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). The NAEP, administered by NCES, serves as the “Nation’s Report Card.” In recent years the NAEP has encountered continuing and substantial state variations in exclusion rates for ELLS and students with disabilities, according to its governing board, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). [More]

An ACT Report Reviews the College and Career Readiness of the Class of 2012

According to an August 22, 2012 report by ACT, at least 60 percent of U.S. 2012 high school graduates are at risk of not succeeding in college and career. The report addresses the college and career readiness of ACT-tested students and represents 52 percent of all 2012 graduates. ACT defines college and career readiness as the acquisition of the knowledge and skills a student needs to enroll and succeed at a post-secondary institution without the need of remediation. [More]

CMMI Approves Care Transitions Initiatives

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced on August 17 that it has approved 47 applications to date under the Medicare Community-Based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) under section 3026 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CCTP offers $500 million in competitive grants over five years for applicants that adopt evidence-based strategies to help manage Medicare beneficiaries’ transitions from acute care hospitals to community-based settings so as to improve quality of care, prevent unnecessary readmissions, achieve better treatment outcomes, and control costs. [More]

RTT for School Districts Gets Underway

In an August 12, 2012 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the availability of applications for participation in its 2012 Race to the Top – District (RTT-D) competition. Applicants will compete for a portion of the $400 million RTT-D fund established to support local education reform initiatives. [More]

CCIIO Finalizes Blueprint for Health Insurance Exchanges

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) released on August 14 its final “Blueprint for Approval of Affordable State-based and State Partnership Exchanges” under Title I of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The “blueprint” requires applications from States electing to fully operate Exchanges as well as States electing to perform selected exchange functions in partnership with a “Federally-facilitated Exchange (FFE).” [More]

Federal Officials Face Huge Task of Operating Health Exchanges in Many States

Recent media reports indicate that the federal government is preparing to undertake the challenging task of setting up and operating new health insurance exchanges in about one-half of the states. Pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an exchange must be established in each state by 2014, with the states having the option of setting up and running their own or deferring to the federal government to do so.

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New Data Analysis Highlights Disparities in School Discipline

According to an August 2012 analysis of U.S. Department of Education (ED) data, over 3 million students are estimated to have lost instructional time due to out-of-school suspensions during the 2009-10 school year. “That’s about the number of children it would take to fill every seat in every major league baseball park and every NFL stadium in America, combined.” The analysis, based on ED data published in March 2012, reports that, nationally, the rates of suspension were 17 percent for African Americans, 7 percent for Latinos, and 5 percent for Whites. [More]

Indiana Posts its Secondary Literacy Framework Developed by PCG Education

Portsmouth, NH, August, 2012 - The Indiana Department of Education has posted its 6-12 Literacy Framework to the Department’s Web site. Indiana contracted with PCG to design, create, and produce its Secondary Literacy Framework for grades 6-12. The six framework sections are Goals, Commitment, Leadership, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development. They contain content specific strategies that support implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and disciplinary literacy across the content areas. [More]

A New Report Assesses Child Well-Being

The 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports that although significant challenges remain, the overall trend for child well-being in the United States is positive. In this 23rd annual Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, researchers reviewed child well-being factors in the domains of education, economic well-being, health, and family and community. [More]

DHHS Releases Report Showing Drops in Foster Care Population

Reporting System (AFCARS) data report, showing that there were 400,540 children in foster care as of September 30, 2011. The number is down from 406,412 in 2010. The number dropped for the sixth straight year, demonstrating the power of reforms and evidence-based practices, even amid economic upheaval in state agencies. The drop of almost 25% of the out-of-home care population since 2002 can be attributed to changes in policies and practices throughout state and county child welfare agencies. [More]