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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014


Examines the latest progress toward achieving the MDGs as the 2015 deadline nears.  From the United Nations


At A Glance for 2014: America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being

Statistical snapshot of key indicators of child well-being in the areas of economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, and education.  From the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics


Financial Literacy of 15-Year-Olds: Results from PISA2012

Categories: Education,Statistics,Youth

U.S. 15 year olds scored slightly below international averages in financial literacy according to the Program for International Student Assessment.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Virginia’s Regions

Categories: Education,Health Insurance,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Regional demographic and socio-economic profiles of eight regions of Virginia.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Institutions: A Constitutional Analysis

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

Examines the balancing act between respecting freedom of religious expression and not endorsing an official religion, especially as such concerns relate to school or legislative prayers.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Programs

Categories: Disability,Education,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

Describes shift of emphasis from procedural to educational results and outcomes to determine effectiveness of state special education programs by federal government.  Includes links to 2014 IDEA State Determinations.  From the U.S. Department of Education


States Moving from Accreditation to Accountability

Categories: Education,Federal State Relations

Reports results of a survey which finds states moving from state-administered accreditation systems to outcomes-focused accountability programs.  From the Education Commission of the States


States Continue Progress During Second Year of Race to the Top

Categories: Education,Federal State Relations

Press release announcing Race to the Top progress reports for seven states receiving grants in the 3rd round: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky,  Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  From the Education Department


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