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Articles from April

A Second Chance for Poor Readers
ROBERT BOWEN, CHAIRMAN & CEO, SCIENTIFIC LEARNINGThe third grade is a key point in education, and students who can't read well have a hard time keeping up. "Among the students who are not reading successfully by then, 85 percent will never read successfully,"...
Bringing Dropouts Back
The United States is in the midst of a "dropout epidemic," with some 30 percent of students failing to graduate, according to the Center for Education Reform. Those young people face a bleak future, and so do their communities, which suffer from the...
Choice, Competition and the Future of Education
"IT'S THE EDUCATIONAL QUALITY OF OUR WORKFORCE THAT WILL DETERMINE OUR COMPETITIVENESS."In February, Dave Bing told reporters about his hopes for a new charter school in his part of town, and the problems behind those hopes. As CEO of the Bing Group,...
Concerns about the Rising Cost of Doing Business
CEO CONFIDENCE FALLSAmid concerns over energy prices, health care costs, and the strength of the dollar, the CEO Confidence Index dropped 6.6 points this month to 163.5. This drop returns the index exactly to its level of two months ago. All component...
Federal Monetary Policy: How and Why It's Central to Our Economy
In 1913, in response to a series of bank failures, Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act and established the central banking system we have today. The Federal Reserve Board has multiple responsibilities, but most people know this small group of esteemed...
Hands on, Online
HARVEY DEAN, PRESIDENT & CEO, PITSCO"There aren't any easy answers to the challenges facing education. But we do know that if you don't engage these students and give them relevant content, they don't have a ghost of a chance."Students don't all...
Interest Rates and CEO Sentiment
This month the CEO Index analyzed interest rates and their effect on business. There has been a lot of talk lately about whether interest rates, which have been at historical lows, are infact too low. Low interest rates can have several effects. Primarily,...
Measure and Learn
BRIAN BLAYDES, VICE PRESIDENT, PLATO LEARNING"You're not just assessing learning. You're getting actionable information that can facilitate better learning."Being able to assess a student population's grasp of material is key to improving education and...
The CEO Index vs. the Consumer Confidence Index
Economie indicators enable business people, economists and policy makers to make better forecasts and to explain economic phenomena. Confidence is a very important part of the equation in any prediction function. When looking at the expected increases...
The CEO's Role in the Education Revolution
As charter schools bring competition to education, they are making the process faster, cheaper and better, and ultimately delivering more value to students. CEOs should take note, because today's students are tomorrow's workers.Charter schools have the...
What CEOs Worry About: How Much Does It Impact the Bottom Line?
Last month, the CEO Confidence Index jumped by 6.6 points, and this month it fell by the exact same amount. What's more important than the fact that the Index stands at the same point it was two months ago is the fact that executive confidence has not...
What Do Central Banks Do?
The standard assumption is that central banks help stabilize the economy and improve economic performance. Textbook analyses of monetary policy seem to suggest this is an easy task, and examples like Alan Greenspan's stewardship of the U.S. economy appear...