Although picking a college or university is often one of the most important and costly decision students and their parents make often times they are forced to do so with very little data. In this Op-Ed in the Chronicle of Higher Education ITIF President Rob Atkinson discusses that while the National Survey of Student Engagement by the Pew Trusts gathers annual data on America's 1,300 colleges and universities, due to an agreement with schools Pew does not release the information to the public. While schools have access to the data in order to gauge how they compare to other schools parents, guidance counselors and students are not. Making such surveys public would reward high performing schools and hold poor performer's feet to the fire.
Education & Training
The Role of Information Technology in Creating New Kinds of American High Schools
The United States has been focused on K-12 education reform for over two decades, with mixed results at best. One reason why progress has been slow is that the fundamental nature of pedagogy has largely been unchanged. Now in this decade, a small, but growing number of American high schools are using information technologies to redesign schools in fundamentally new ways.
In a new ITIF report, How IT Can Enable 21st Century Schools Tim McDonald and Ted Kolderie of the Education|Evolving, a Minnesota- based group of thought leaders in education reform discuss why the existing school reform movement has stalled, how information technology (including computers, software and communications) can enable the emergence of fundamentally new kinds of schools, particularly middle and high schools, and what the states and the federal government can do to drive the emergence of these new ways of educating our nation’s future generations.