The Governance Divide: A Report on a Four-State Study on Improving College Readiness and Success, by Andrea Venezia, Patrick M. Callan, Joni E. Finney, Michael W. Kirst and Michael D. Usdan (September 2005, No. 05-3).
This report identifies and examines four policy levers available to states that are interested in creating sustained K–16 reform: finance, assessments and curricula, accountability and data systems. The report also examines the importance of other factors—such as leadership and state history and culture—in initiating and sustaining K–16 reform.
Measuring Up on College-Level Learning, by Margaret A. Miller and Peter T. Ewell (October 2005 No. 05-8)
In this report, the National Forum on College-Level Learning proposes a model for evaluating and comparing college-level learning on a state-by-state basis, including assessing educational capital. As well as releasing results for five participating states, the National Forum also explores the implications of its project's findings in terms of performance gaps by race and ethnicity and in the education of future teachers.
Also upcoming is a Policy Alert pointing out that a decline in the educational level of the nation's younger workers, especially among racial and ethnic minorities, could lead to their inability to compete in the global marketplace and could depress personal income levels.