Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education? Here’s a recap of this week’s top education news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.

Study of Education Technology Finds Mixed Results
T.H.E. Journal
If you’re trying to hunt down research to justify the use of technology in the classroom or argue against it, a working paper may provide you with information you need. “Education Technology: An Evidence-Based Review,” published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), takes a global view in examining how technology can be used to support K–12 and post-secondary education.

Standardization in Online Education
Inside Higher Ed
A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings, with a decision that highlights challenges colleges may face when seeking to expand their online presence.

How can states and schools partner to help ‘near-completers?
Education Dive
State legislatures hoping to create legislation around “near-completers” — or former students who had some college credit without a form of certification or degree — may see more success by working directly with the higher ed institutions in their state, according to a new policy report by Education Commission for the States, which looked at the progress of legislation and initiatives in the area.

Report measures outcomes of transfer students from community to four-year institutions
Education Dive
Only 31.5% of students who first enrolled at a community college in the fall of 2010 had transferred to a four-year institution after six years had passed, according to an update of a previous report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center on outcome percentages for students who transfer; 42% of those transferring students had earned a bachelor’s degree six years after starting at the community college

Colleges need to do more to help students transfer credits, GAO says
Washington Post
Students lose nearly half of the college credits they earn transferring from one school to another, placing them at risk of exhausting federal grants and loans to repeat courses, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office Wednesday.

New Data on Nondegree Credentials
Inside Higher Ed
More than one-quarter of Americans hold a nondegree credential, such as a certificate or an occupational license or certification, according to new data from the federal government. And 21 percent have completed a work experience program such as an internship, residency or apprenticeship.

Teachers Can Now Use IBM’s Watson to Search for Free Lesson Plans
IBM’s famous Watson computing system—which defeated Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings in 2011—is coming to education, if not quite the classroom. As part of a new IBM philanthropic initiative, the supercomputer is helping to power a searchable database of open educational math resources designed for teachers in grades K-5.

The 2017 Survey of Admissions Directors: Pressure All Around
Inside Higher Ed
Only 34 percent of colleges met new student enrollment targets this year by May 1, the traditional date by which most institutions hope to have a class set. That is a key finding of the 2017 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors, released today by Inside Higher Ed, in collaboration with Gallup.

Survey: Millennials hold complex views on education
USA Today
Millennials have surprising views on education, new data suggests, with no fixed ideology and, in many cases, attitudes about higher education that defy the popular idea that “college is for everyone.”

Big holdup for borrowers claiming for-profit college fraud
Associated Press
Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

America is slowly sucking the life out of education—starting with its teachers
Education pays. According to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), adults with a college degree are 10 percentage points more likely to be employed, and will earn 56% more on average than adults who only completed the end of high school. They are less likely to suffer from depression than their less-educated peers.

When Employment Is the Goal, Should ‘Student Success’ Include Dropouts?
If a student drops out of college to take a job they are training for, should that count as success or failure? For many higher-ed officials, the answer has traditionally been no. Traditionally, an institution’s mission is to help students get a degree to show they have acquired knowledge and skills. Many colleges also have a financial incentive to keep completion rates high if they receive funding from the state based on enrollment and graduation performance.

Pell Grant award to rise, but program reserves remain in jeopardy
Washington Post
The Senate appropriations committee approved a 2018 spending bill Thursday that would increase the maximum award provided to low-income college students through the federal Pell Grant but subsequently sap billions of dollars out of the program’s reserves.

Gallup 2017 survey of K-12 superintendents highlights challenges facing districts
Education Dive
According to the Gallup 2017 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents, a majority of district leaders report that the greatest challenges facing their schools are budget shortfalls and assisting students whose achievement is impacted by socioeconomic conditions.

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?
…The strongest argument for paper over digital seems to be in the area of taking notes. Several studies suggest that college students should write lecture notes by hand — on paper — rather than typing them on their laptops, according to this NPR piece from 2016. For one thing, “laptops and tablets have a tendency to be distracting — it’s so easy to click over to Facebook in that dull lecture.”

Education by the Numbers
New York Times
There are as many American public school educations as there are students. One shared factor that affects a vast number of them, however, is race. Its impact drives the four narrative features in this week’s Education Issue. But numbers can tell their own stories too. The statistics here suggest how much has changed — and not changed — in the more than 60 years since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education was supposed to make education equally accessible to all Americans.


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