Creating an Indicator of K–12 Classroom Coverage of STEM Content and Practices

Research questions: How can exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content and practices be measured? How can existing measures of instructional practice be used to measure students’ exposure to STEM content and practices? What new technology-based approaches could be adapted to create measures of STEM content and practices? In 2013, the National Research […]

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HERITAGE FOUNDATION – “Free” Community College Is a Bad Deal for Taxpayers and Students

In response to a growing student debt problem, some policymakers have proposed making community college free at the point of delivery, financed entirely by taxpayers. President Obama has suggested making “two years of college…as free and universal in America as high school is today.” Yet such proposals are problematic for a number of reasons, not […]

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BROOKINGS – What does cutting rates on student loans do?

Are lower interest rates the best route to a fairer, more effective student loan program? From the rhetoric heard in Congress and on the campaign trail, the answer appears to be “yes.” But both empirical evidence and economic theory show that lowering interest rates is a blunt, ineffective, and expensive tool for increasing schooling and […]

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