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Current Reports

Success depends on where you are born! And there are a dozen other points to keep in mind.

March 11, 2007

That is according to a Pew Charitable Trust report published in Education Week January 4, 2007.

There are 13 indicators for success according to the study.

“To better understand the part that education plays over a lifetime, the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center has developed the Chance-for-Success Index. Based on an original state-by-state analysis, this index combines information from 13 indicators that span an individual’s life from cradle to career. The Chance-for-Success framework allows states to identify strong and weak links in its residents’ educational life course – their typical trajectory from childhood through adulthood. More importantly, the index also provides information that could be used to target the efforts of public education systems in ways that better serve students of all ages.”


--family income
--parent education
--parental employment
--linguistic integration
--preschool enrollment
--kindergarten enrollment
--elementary reading
--middle school mathematics
--high school graduation
--post secondary participation
--adult educational attainment
--annual income
--steady employment

This Chance for Success Index will give you (and the children you teach) something more scientific than a crystal ball. What we may want to teach is that there are a few indicators on the list that an individual can control. Let us concentrate on them.

La Vergne Rosow

For more on the Pew study, follow these links:
or see:
“Texas kids fated for failure?” by Bob Dart has a great deal of information about the study presented in clear, understandable language.


you can download the report, focus on Nevada, with graphs in a pdf format.

The key: education emphasis from the cradle to the grave.

For an overview go to:
or see “States impact child’s future” from the January 3, 2007,

Selected Works

Classical Literature, Reference, Teen, Adult, and ESL Readers, Literacy, Annotated Bibliography and Teaching Ideas
Easy to Challenging titles will help those who want to discover or rediscover the books English readers have always loved.
Non-Fiction; literacy case studies; adult and family literacy
Theory-to-practice connections for pre-literate and low literate adults and children.
Reference and guide for teaching reluctant readers, new readers, and English language learners
This is a collection of great book titles sorted according to themes that appeal to adult and teen readers. Themes progress from picturebooks to challenging texts.