No, BoardBuzz isn’t talking about the transition to a new president later this month. We’re talking about the progress states have been making in enacting policies to help smooth the transition for students as they move up the educational pipeline and onto college and the workforce. This is according to EdWeek’s annual special report Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a population where they graded each state on Transition and Alignment policies they had enacted in 14 areas. (Note: EdWeek is allowing free access until Jan. 19th)
Once again EdWeek also graded each state on their Chance-for-Success Index, which grades states on how likely a child born in a specific state will be successful later in life. EdWeek also graded states on how they fund their schools based on spending patterns and how equitable they allocated those funds to districts. To find out what grade your state received and what exactly those grades mean check out this summary from the Center for Public Education.
BoardBuzz also recommends you check out the very informative articles in Quality Counts on English Language Learners. But if you don’t have the time to read through each of the articles check out the Center for Public Education’s What research says about English Language Learners.