Comment Request: Application for Grants Under the Student Support Services Program
The program provides grants to institutions of higher education and combinations of institutions of higher education for projects designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of eligible students; increase the transfer rate of eligible students from two-year to four-year institutions; and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation students and individuals with disabilities through the provision of support services.
Expecting excellence from every student entering the higher education arena should be the standard. Supporting special programs and projects that lower the expectation of success is to support the belief that “low-income and first generation students and individuals with disabilities” are less academically capable than their normed contemporaries.
Comment Request: High School Reform Study
Data from the National High School Reform Study will inform a descriptive report on the strategies that high schools are using to help students graduate from high school, especially students at risk for dropping out and students in high schools with low graduation rates. . . The survey will be administered to a nationally representative sample of approximately 2,000 public high school administrators.
Education dollars should support student academic success. Students should be asked for their opinions on how best to serve them, especially if they are at risk for dropping out.
Comment Request: Evaluation of the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers
The National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers will examine and document how the Comprehensive Center program and its individual centers intend to build SEA capacity and what types of activities they actually conduct to build capacity. The study will use surveys and interviews of center staff and technical assistance recipients, as well as technical assistance event observations, to collect information about how the Comprehensive Centers design their work, how they operate, and the results of their work.
Education dollars must support the excellent education of America’s children. Spending millions on surveys to collect information in order to norm and standardize our children will only lead to more failure and more “hedgehog” profits.
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