Monthly Archives: December 2013

NCES Releases the 2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment Report Card

NCES Releases the 2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment Report CardSince 2011, fourth-graders in Atlanta, Chicago, the District of Columbia (DCPS), and Los Angeles posted larger score increases in mathematics than their peers in the nation. Students in eight districts scored higher in 2013 than in 2011 in at least one subject and grade combination with some districts making gains across multiple subject and/or grades. DCPS was the only district that scored higher at both grades in mathematics and reading. Students in Los Angeles scored higher in three of four subject and grade combinations. There were also several score declines when comparing 2013 to 2011.

In 2013, average mathematics and reading scores for fourth- and eighth-grade public school students in large cities (populations of 250,000 or more) were lower than the scores for public school students in the nation. Mathematics and reading scores in three urban districts (Austin, Charlotte, and Hillsborough County) were higher in 2013 than the scores for large cities at grades 4 and 8. Scores in nine urban districts (Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, District of Columbia, Fresno, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia) were lower in both subjects and both grades.

Find complete results and sample questions, and download the First Look at The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment.

The Nation's Report Card is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

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American Association for Cancer Research Seeks Applications for 2014 Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award

One $135,000 grant will be awarded to recognize the outstanding achievement of a junior faculty-level AACR-member scientist working in the field of cancer prevention, and support novel and innovative research with in cancer prevention ….


Sidney Hill Foundation Invites Nominations for 2014 Hillman Prize

Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded for investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest that exemplify sound news judgment, resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling, and social impact….


Happy Holidays from Lumina Foundation

Twenty communities commit to postsecondary attainment goals  
Earlier this month, Lumina announced 20 U.S. communities as the first partners in a promising community mobilization initiative led by Lumina Foundation. Designed to help communities and regions dramatically  increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials, the collaborative effort connects participating cities with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding and special access to a powerful network of national  thought leaders. See more at:…

Purdue University/Gallup Poll… Funded by Lumina   Gallup has partnered with Purdue University to build and conduct the largest representative study of college graduates in U.S. history. The Gallup-Purdue Index will measure the most important outcomes  of higher education – great careers and lives that matter – and provide higher education leaders with productive insights for meaningful performance improvements. The initiative aims to create a national movement toward a new set of measures, created by and  for higher education, and to help foster a new level of accountability for the sector. The Gallup-Purdue Index is made possible by Lumina Foundation’s $2 million grant to Purdue University. See more:  Americans Still See College Education as Very Important
Strategy Labs Announced
We are pleased to invite you to visit the new Strategy Labs digital platform to get the latest on higher education policy, news you can use, and interactive  data tools all focused on improving student attainment. The Strategy Labs platform, supported by Lumina Foundation, is designed to help states significantly increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and certificates by the year 2025. The  site features Lumina’s new State Policy Agenda. 
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College Scorecard InnoCentive Challenge
Last week, Lumina Foundation announced the winners of the College Scorecard Design Challenge. The College Scorecard was released in February by  The White House as a way to help students compare information on institutions of higher education. The goal of Lumina’s College Scorecard Design Challenge was to engage individuals and organizations en masse to get unique perspectives on how to improve the  College Scorecard. The two winners of the Lumina InnoCentive Challenge were:
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