Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-8 Countries: 2011. National Center for Education Statistics. David C. Miller et al. October 12, 2011.

The report describes key education outcomes and contexts of education in the Group of Eight (G-8) countries, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The report is organized into five topical areas: population and school enrollment, academic performance, contexts for learning, expenditures for education, and educational attainment and income. Results are drawn from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) ongoing Indicators of Education Systems (INES) program, as well as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is also coordinated by the OECD.

The Expansion of Private Loans in Postsecondary Education. National Center for Education Statistics. Jennie H. Woo. October 11, 2011.

The Expansion of Private Loans in Postsecondary Education, a Statistics in Brief, examines trends in borrowing from commercial lenders for postsecondary education, the characteristics of undergraduate and graduate private loan borrowers, and combining private and federal loans. Results are based on nationally representative data collected through the 2003-04 and 2007-08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Studies

The Road Ahead: A Look at Trends in the Educational Attainment of Community College Students. American Association of Community Colleges. Christopher M. Mullin. October 2011.

In response to the demands of students, as well as of business and industry, community colleges are rebalancing institutional missions and practices to focus more directly on ensuring student success. The brief presents data on educational attainment at community colleges, with an eye to what the data portend. One extremely positive conclusion can be reached: Educational attainment for all key populations is increasing at community colleges. The investments made in a community college education, by individuals and by society as a whole, are paying off, according to the author.

Using Technology to Personalize Learning and Assess Students in Real-Time. Brookings Institution. Darrell M. West. October 6, 2011.

The report examines new models of instruction made possible by digital technologies.  Pilot projects from across the country are experimenting with different organizations and delivery systems, and transforming the manner in which formal education takes place.  By itself, technology will not remake education.  Meaningful change requires alterations in technology, organizational structure, instructional approach, and educational assessment. But if officials combine innovations in technology, organization, operations, and culture, they can overcome current barriers, produce better results, and re-imagine the manner in which schools function.

Learning at a Distance: Undergraduate Enrollment in Distance Education Courses and Degree Programs. National Center for Education Statistics. October 5, 2011.

This Statistics in Brief investigates undergraduates’ participation in distance education using nationally representative student-reported data collected through the three most recent administrations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study.

A System Approach to Building a World-Class Teaching Profession: The Role of Induction. Alliance for Excellent Education. October 4, 2011.

The brief addresses the need for coherent incentives and structures to change the very culture of how teachers are supported. A new paradigm is needed to construct a consistent vision of quality teaching–one that is anchored in a system of performance assessments and leveraged through the design of clinically based pre-service programs, comprehensive induction, and collaborative professional learning.

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