Friday, May 25, 2012
Robert Pianta, dean of U.Va.'s Curry School of Education, recently reported to the Board of Visitors' Educational Policy Committee that Curry is making an impact in the education reform movement. Considered one of the top three institutions influencing education policy, behind Stanford and Harvard universities, (as reported in the annual rankings of education scholars reported by Rick Hess of Education Week and the American Enterprise Institute), Curry also continues to demonstrate excellence in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Research is playing a major role in providing Curry with the tools that it needs to enact change in education policy and in the classroom. Pianta cited teaching assessment tools developed by Curry faculty and researchers that are now used in more than 50,000 classrooms nationwide, including every Head Start classroom in the U.S., and early reading assessments being used in Virginia and other states. For more information about this report, please see UVA Today's article.
Michele Claibourn, a researcher in the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Demographics & Workforce Group, recently published "Blacks in Virginia." The report shows that while blacks in Virginia have made significant improvements in education and employment, they are significantly behind their white counterparts. For more information, please see the UVA Today report and/or check out the original publication.