Deemphasizing standardized testing

For years I have ben an advocate for using standardized tests as the prime way to evaluate the quality of K-12 schools and to hold them accountable. No more! The appeal of standardized tests was that they moved us away from measuring schools base on inputs (funding per pupil, student to teacher ratios, etc.) to measuring student outcomes. Student outcomes…

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Jobs-altering technology

One of the new economic realities, that can’t be altered by politics or public policy, is that smarter and smarter machines are going to accelerate creative destruction of jobs, occupations and even industries. The job, occupation and even the industry you work in today are less secure than yesterday, and will be even less secure tomorrow. Both stable occupational skills…

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Employment growth by education attainment

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is a constant source of outstanding analysis on the relationship between education attainment and employment and wages. Their new report America's Divided Recovery is worth reading. The report analyzes changes in employment by education attainment from just before the onset of the Great Recession (December 2007) to today (January 2016) overall,…

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Michigan jobs and pay by occupations continued

In this post I want to explore how many working Michiganders are not working full time year round and/or are in lower wage occupations. The data come from the American Community Survey for 2014. In 2014 4,448,000 Michiganders worked. Of those 2,914,000 worked full time year round. So 34 percent (1,534,000) of Michiganders who worked in 2014 did not do…

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Michigan: 1969 and today

In our last post we looked at the unacceptable increase in poverty in Michigan that has occurred over the long term. From 1969 to 2014. Its a consequence of Michigan becoming structurally a low prosperity state. After have been a high prosperity state during the 20th Century. As we have explored previously the cause for us now being low prosperity…

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