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Educational Accountability: Using Practitioners’ Expertise

In my recent post about Opportunity America’s paper recommending higher education accountability measurements, I noted that the framework proposed by the Opportunity America research panel needed a lot more substance before I could support it. I was particularly troubled by the notion of using “completion” as a required tool to hold institutions accountable without any definition of completion. In particular, there should be more specific indications of which students are included in the denominator and which students are included in the numerator.

The Math Wars: Improving Numeracy among American Students

I’ve written before that I subscribe to "The Economist" because it provides a neutral perspective on life in the United States. Earlier this summer, I wrote about the success of states that have reverted to teaching phonics in order to enable students to read better. The article that inspired my phonics post was published by "The Economist." In the November 6 edition, "The Economist" called attention to America’s abysmal performance teaching math in an article titled “The Maths Wars.”

The Complicated Issue of Defining College Student “Success”

Over the weekend, tweets from higher ed academics and critics were circulating about a recently published article by Jon Marcus in The Hechinger Report. The article, “Most college students don’t graduate in four years, so colleges and the government count six years as ‘success,’” claimed that colleges have moved the finish line to give themselves credit for success if students graduate in six years. Sometimes, that standard may even be eight years, which is what consumers find reported on the College Scorecard.

More Analysis of Law School Debt and Earnings Data

After reviewing and writing about the data available for law school graduates in the Wall Street Journal tool, I planned to review the data for medical school graduates and write a similar report. While reviewing the medical school data, I paused when I reached the colleges whose names begin with the letter “D.” At that point, I realized that one of my alma maters, Duke University, was not listed.