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Secret to a Long Life is to Stay in School.
The one social factor that researchers agree is consistently linked to longer lives in every country where it has been studied is education. It is more important than race; it obliterates any effects of income. Year after year, in study after study, says Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, education "keeps coming up." And, health economists say, those factors that are popularly believed to be crucial -- money and health insurance, for example, pale in comparison.

2006 The dropout epidemic: almost one-third of public high school students drop out in America -- and nearly one-half of all African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans fail to graduate from public high school with their class. The report, "The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts," was funded by educRAT The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.U.S. STATES: Urban high schools report dropout rates of 20 percent to 40 percent.

Contradiction: High School Graduation Rates are actually higher than believed by the Economic Policy Institute report.
Recent reports that only half of minorities and two-thirds of all students end up with a high school diploma have been accepted as gospel is seriously inaccurate, and that a wealth of better data shows high school completion rates are much higher, with about 75 percent of black and Hispanic students receiving diplomas nationally and an overall national rate of 82 percent. Although substantial gaps remain between the graduation rates of whites and either blacks or Hispanics, the report - "Rethinking High School Graduation Rates and Trends" -- documents that graduation rates have been growing and racial/ethnic gaps closing over the past four decades.




FAIRTEST NEWS - The National Center for Fai8r and Open Testing

More than 850+ four-year colleges and universities do not use the SAT or ACT to admit substantial numbers of bachelor-degree applicants. See the searchable database of schools.

Find out why and how schools go "Test Optional."


REPORT ON INTERNET ACCESS IN U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS 1994 - 2000, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has conducted a survey of public schools' connectivity to the Internet. An annual report, "Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classroom," provides "trend analysis on the progress of public schools and classrooms in connecting to the Internet, the ratio of students to instructional computers and to instructional computers with Internet access, and the types of Internet connections used." NCES is the primary U.S. agency for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other countries.

On-line Evaluation Resource Library
A resource of project evaluation tools (plans and instruments) and reports used by the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Education and Human Resources; topic areas focus on curriculum development, teacher education, and faculty development, including minority group representation.

Performance Assessment Links in Science
An online resource of performance assessments for students studying science in grades K-12; provides information on standards, tasks, and rubrics for evaluative purposes (US)


The Concord Consortium has published results of its research into pedagogy and technology, primarily in the areas of science education, mobile computing and distance learning.

The Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology provides educational technology research.

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