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Earl Gregg Swem Library

School Accreditation Ratings 2014-2015

Categories: Education,Headlines,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Provides summary statistics about Virginia public schools and the number/percentage which are fully accredited, accredited with warning, and all other categories.  Also includes link to open spreadsheet file with scores and accreditation rating by school district and individual school.  From the Virginia Department of Education


How Do States Define Alternative Education?

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations

Discusses the differences among states in the characteristics of their alternative education programs including target population, setting, services, and structure.  Includes definitions of alternative education by state.  From the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education


Household Characteristics of Opposite-Sex and Same-Sex Couple Households: ACS 2012

Categories: Children,Education,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family,Population/Census,Sex Issues,Statistics

An excel data file which compares married and unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couple households by such characteristics as age, race, education attainment, employment status, presence of children in household, income, and home tenure.  From the Census Bureau


Local Government and School Division Consolidation

Categories: Education,Govt Processes/Organization,Virginia Issues

Discusses the benefits and obstacles to local school consolidation in Virginia using recent consolidations as evidence.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


Common Core State Standards and Assessments: Background and Issues

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations

Describes the evolution of federal efforts to affect student outcomes in elementary and secondary education, the development of the Common Core State Standards, state adoption of the standards, the Race to the Top State Grant competition, and the ESEA Flexibility Package.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


State Mandated Financial Education and the Credit Behavior of Young Adults

Categories: Education,Financial Crisis/Markets,Youth

Examines the credit scores and delinquency rates of young adults in three states where personal financial education mandates were established in 2007 to see if the programs have been successful.  From the Federal Reserve


Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results from the 2012-13 Teacher Follow-up Survey: First Look

Categories: Careers,Education,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Tracks the movement or non-movement of teachers between schools, school districts, public/private schools, or away from the teaching profession, and reasons for those movements.

From the National Center for Education Statistics


Students Make New Gains on Mathematics SOLs

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

Reports results of Virginia school students on math, reading, science, and social science Standards of Learning exams for 2013-14 and compares results to previous two years.  Also provides links to results by state, school division, and individual schools.  From the Virginia Department of Education


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