States may be getting a deal for their teachers. The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) recently released a report on the changing trends in the teaching workforce. The authors—Ingersoll, Merril, and Stuckey—found seven trends in the data. The teaching force is simultaneously becoming: larger, older, younger and less experienced, more female, more racially diverse, and more consistent in academic ability. Important to the topic of state pension plans, the report findings mean that states have more retirees to pay for. But at the same time, states are hiring younger and more transient teachers who can be paid lower salaries and often leave before qualifying for a large or even moderate pension. It’s ostensibly a bargain for the state, but a loss for individual teachers.
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High school graduation is the final act in the American teenage rite of passage. Each spring, “Pomp and Circumstance” plays, speeches are delivered, and cameras flash as graduates cross the stage to receive their diplomas. But finishing high school provides students with something far more valuable than photos and memories. It is a prerequisite for life-long economic stability. Without a high school degree, college—let alone the federal financial aid to pay for it—is off the table. And good luck trying to get a well-paying job, or any job, as a high school dropout.
American young adults are more racially and ethnically diverse, more likely to graduate from high school, and attend college, and less likely to smoke than previous generations, according to a report by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. However, the young adults have more student debt than generations past, earn less than their counterparts in the year 2000, and more than 1 in 5 are obese, the report says.
The findings are among those reported in a statistical collection by the forum titled, America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014. Young adults are identified as between the ages of 18–24.
A global survey done by the OECD has found that just 31% of teachers worldwide believe their profession is valued by society.
Did you know:
- Older Americans are least likely to use libraries
- Just 4% of Americans are “e-book only” readers
- Those who use libraries are more likely than others to be book buyers
There’s a simple reason young adults are living at home in higher numbers: For many, moving out means living in poverty.
The numbers are jarring. According to the Pew Research Center, a whopping 56% of 18-24 year olds lived at home in 2012, the highest rate since the 1970s. Today’s young adults are taking longer to reach life milestones like taking out a mortgage or getting married. The New Republic has dubbed this trend the Great Delay.
Here, from the non-profit Economic Policy Institute, is a snapshot of how segregated public schools are, starting in kindergarten. It was written by Elaine Weiss and Emma García. Weiss has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education since 2011. García, who joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2013, specializes in the economics of education and education policy. EPI was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers.
Are US schools getting increasingly violent? According to one estimate, there have been 74 school shootings since the December 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But another analysis shows violent crimes declining at schools for 20 years. Now, Drew DeSilver of the Pew Research Center has decided to analyze on all violent deaths associated with elementary and secondary schools — here’s what he found.
This year, for the first time in the U.S., high school graduation rates may top 80 percent—good news, right? But another change in 2014 could pose employment and mobility obstacles for the other 20 percent.
Starting in January, the General Education Development test (or GED) that diploma-less adults take to show that they have high-school level skills got a lot harder. Doing well on the new test should make it easier to get into college or land a job, but doing well now requires a new level of help that too few studying for the GED can get.
Simple assault is the only type of crime that’s more common in fall than any other time of year. The reason for this isn’t that it’s somehow an autumnal sort of crime; it’s that teens are disproportionately the victims of simple assault, and teen crime patterns are different from adults.
Among adults, simple assault is most common in the summer — just like any other sort of violent crime. But teens are actually safest in summer, when they’re out of school. It’s when they get back to the classroom in the fall that they’re most at risk for simple assault.
Once the recession ended, however, so did the stimulus — long before state and local governments were ready to pick up the slack. Federal per-student spending fell more than 20 percent from 2010 to 2012, and it has continued to fall. State and local funding per student were essentially flat in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available.
The result: Total school funding fell in 2012 for the first time since 1977, the Census Bureau reported last month. Adjusting for inflation and growth in student enrollment, spending fell every year from 2010 to 2012, even as costs for health care, pension plans and special education programs continued to rise faster than inflation.1 Urban districts have been particularly hard-hit by the cuts in federal education spending: Nearly 90 percent of big-city school districts spent less per student in 2012 than when the recession ended in 2009.2
American public and private schools are generally much safer than they were 10 years ago, but school crime began a slight climb in 2010, according to a government report released Tuesday.
The rate of non-fatal incidents in which students felt victimized at school decreased to 35 per 1,000 students in 2010, from 181 per 1,000 students in 1992, according to the 2013 School Crime and Safety Report. The rate rose to 52 per 1,000 students in 2012, the report found. Any type of school crime, the report noted, increases the likelihood of dropouts, teacher turnover and student transfers.
In discussions about education it is easy to point out the many challenges facing families and schools alike. But when we take a step back and look at things on larger scale, it becomes clear that students in United States are, at least, making progress. Across all reported races and ethnicities, scores on the reading and math sections of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) have increased since 1990. While there is still much room to improve, these small gains warrant some congratulations—and they give hope for what else is possible.
A new set of income statistics answers those questions quite clearly: Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close. For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable.
The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to the new data, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s.