A Call for a National Plan To Measure Educational Equity

This report from the National Academies – Monitoring Educational Equity – calls for a nationwide system that “…can help convey why disparities arise, identify groups most affected by them, and inform policy and practice measures to improve equity in pre-K through 12th grade education.” (news release) Sixteen indicators are listed, many of which deal with student outcomes. This report traces developments from pre-k through 12 grade in an attempt to find out why the educational system fails so many of its students.

This document mirrors the 2018 UNESCO title – Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education –  that stated “Greater equity and inclusion in education cannot be achieved without increased efforts to collect and analyse data on the most excluded segments of the population.”(11)

 

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How Much Do Congressional Staffers Earn?

There are two reports recently issued from CRS: one for the House and one for the Senate. Titles range from press secretary to caseworker to scheduler; median salaries are given with comparisons to previous years included. Numerous tables add to the efficacy of these documents.

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Archival Publications Online

Back in the day when I was pursuing a doctorate in medieval history, my “C” field was archival studies. I was involved in various field operations, among them were American Irish Historical Society and the Archives of American Art. I was so enthralled with this field that I seriously considered following it as my career path, but library science presented a stronger calling. But the inclinations of an archivist are never far from the surface, and that is why I am so glad to point out that many of the Society of American Archivists publications are freely available online, from the classics authored by Posner and Schellenbach to multiple issues of The American Archivist. For those grounded in historical research, these resources will provide an introduction to this ever-evolving and fascinating field.

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The “Digital Divide” Is Still a Major Problem

This Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau numbers reveals that more than three million school children still have no reliable internet access to complete homework assignments, leaving them more academically underprepared than their counterparts who have access to what many of us think as a basic tool. And this lack is felt more in certain socioeconomic levels: “Students without internet at home are more likely to be students of color, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels.”

The latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics show the wide range of access to internet or broadband or the availability of computers in the home.

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Guide To Brexit Abbreviations and Phrases

What is a hard Brexit? The term “alternative agreement”means what? What is “Article 50 TEU”? These and other terms are explained (along with embedded links where necessary) in this Brexit Glossary recently published by the UK Parliament Library.

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The First Associated Press Report on D-Day

We have covered this monumental event previously. Here is the original AP report on the landings as filed by Don Whitehead, aka “Beachhead Don”.

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Jersey City’s Population Estimates Show Great Growth

Based on the data contained in the Census Bureau’s 2018 population estimates found in its American Factfinder, Jersey City’s population has increased by over 17,000 since the 2010 census; it has increased by 2,000 since 2017. Newark, on the other hand, has seen its population rise by 5,000 since the 2010 census; its rise from 2017 tallies at a little more than 1,000. Every city, state, county, congressional district, etc can be tracked among the many metrics offered by the above site.

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