A guest post from a Fordham Research Intern, Hannah Miller. Hannah attended the Quality Counts release event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC yesterday.??
Education Week and Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) made a smart choice when deciding the order of events for the release of their 13th annual education report card.
If they'd begun with the state-by-state report cards, the presentation might have been a bit ho-hum. After all, the results were largely the same as the 2008 report (only eight states' grades changed from the year before and those changes were generally modest) and the nation itself received a discouraging grade of C+ on the Chance-for-Success Index which examines the role of education from childhood to employment.
But rather than begin with the latest round of statistics for what has become a tried-and-true formula (though, granted, it is modified from year-to-year), Christopher Swanson, director of the EPE's Research Center, dove right into the Quality Counts 2009 special report.
This year, Quality Counts focuses on English-language learners (ELLs), a traditionally under-studied population but one that's rapidly growing (increasing from 3.2 million in 1995-1996 to 5.1 million in 2005-2006)...