NCES Releases the 2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment Report CardSince 2011, fourth-graders in Atlanta, Chicago, the District of Columbia (DCPS), and Los Angeles posted larger score increases in mathematics than their peers in the nation. Students in eight districts scored higher in 2013 than in 2011 in at least one subject and grade combination with some districts making gains across multiple subject and/or grades. DCPS was the only district that scored higher at both grades in mathematics and reading. Students in Los Angeles scored higher in three of four subject and grade combinations. There were also several score declines when comparing 2013 to 2011.
In 2013, average mathematics and reading scores for fourth- and eighth-grade public school students in large cities (populations of 250,000 or more) were lower than the scores for public school students in the nation. Mathematics and reading scores in three urban districts (Austin, Charlotte, and Hillsborough County) were higher in 2013 than the scores for large cities at grades 4 and 8. Scores in nine urban districts (Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, District of Columbia, Fresno, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia) were lower in both subjects and both grades.
Find complete results and sample questions, and download the First Look at The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment.
The Nation's Report Card is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.
American Association for Cancer Research Seeks Applications for 2014 Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award
POSTED: DECEMBER 27, 2013
DEADLINE: JANUARY 21, 2014
One $135,000 grant will be awarded to recognize the outstanding achievement of a junior faculty-level AACR-member scientist working in the field of cancer prevention, and support novel and innovative research with in cancer prevention ….
Sidney Hill Foundation Invites Nominations for 2014 Hillman Prize
POSTED: DECEMBER 27, 2013
DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2014
Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded for investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest that exemplify sound news judgment, resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling, and social impact….
Department of Education Announces Winners of 2013 Race to the Top Competition Winners Each of the five winners will receive grants of up to $30 million to implement district-level reforms…. MORE »
Twenty communities commit to postsecondary attainment goals
Earlier this month, Lumina announced 20 U.S. communities as the first partners in a promising community mobilization initiative led by Lumina Foundation. Designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials, the collaborative effort connects participating cities with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding and special access to a powerful network of national thought leaders. See more at: www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2013-12-04.html
Purdue University/Gallup Poll… Funded by Lumina Gallup has partnered with Purdue University to build and conduct the largest representative study of college graduates in U.S. history. The Gallup-Purdue Index will measure the most important outcomes of higher education – great careers and lives that matter – and provide higher education leaders with productive insights for meaningful performance improvements. The initiative aims to create a national movement toward a new set of measures, created by and for higher education, and to help foster a new level of accountability for the sector. The Gallup-Purdue Index is made possible by Lumina Foundation’s $2 million grant to Purdue University. See more: Americans Still See College Education as Very Important
Strategy Labs Announced
We are pleased to invite you to visit the new Strategy Labs digital platform to get the latest on higher education policy, news you can use, and interactive data tools all focused on improving student attainment. The Strategy Labs platform, supported by Lumina Foundation, is designed to help states significantly increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and certificates by the year 2025. The site features Lumina’s new State Policy Agenda.
See more: http://strategylabs.luminafoundation.org/
College Scorecard InnoCentive Challenge
Last week, Lumina Foundation announced the winners of the College Scorecard Design Challenge. The College Scorecard was released in February by The White House as a way to help students compare information on institutions of higher education. The goal of Lumina’s College Scorecard Design Challenge was to engage individuals and organizations en masse to get unique perspectives on how to improve the College Scorecard. The two winners of the Lumina InnoCentive Challenge were:
See more at: http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2013-12-19.html
Deadline: Past – JANUARY 13, 2014
The Alexia Foundation provides grants and scholarships to photojournalists, enabling them to create work that gives voice to those who go unheard, fosters cultural understanding and exposes social injustice.
The Fund for National Projects supports projects that:
Strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or
Improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre.
From 2009 through 2014, the Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 50 percent of a project's total cost.