The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT), is a non-profit operating foundation in Stanford, California. CFAT is also the originator of the Carnegie Unit, the time-based means of measuring educational attainment. This is a supplemental grant to support the production and dissemination of the Carnegie Foundation's report on the Carnegie Unit--a comprehensive review that documents its' history, weaknesses and strengths. The Carnegie Unit has been hotly debated in recent years, as time is a poor proxy for learning and a number of higher educational and K-12 jurisdictions have begun to re-think it's use--shifting to "competency-based" models as better approximations of student learning.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of a high school transformation learning leadership network
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s mission is to catalyze transformational change in education so that every student has the opportunity to live a healthy, dignified, and fulfilling life. The foundation seeks to solve inequities in educational outcomes by focusing on problems that affect numerous students, testing innovations on the ground, and communicating with network members to make improvements and create new knowledge. This grant will support their learning leadership network to support secondary school transformation and increase the number of underrepresented students who have access to teaching and learning that is engaging, experiential, equitable, and effective. (Substrategy: District Deep Dives and Networks)
for Carnegie Units update
The Carnegie Unit was developed in 1906 to define the minimum number of hours required for high school courses. Since its wide adoption, it has served as the standard for measuring student progress toward high school graduation and through college. The Carnegie Foundation (owner of the Carnegie Unit) proposes to revisit the standard to study the feasibility and appropriateness of creating a "Carnegie 2.0" that measures student learning with a competency metric rather than time. The study would examine new and developing measures, identify criteria for a redesigned Carnegie Unit, and create an outreach plan to build support for what might be considered a revolutionary change. The work would include establishing an advisory group of experts to inform research and build a network of interested parties, culminating in a published report with recommendations for next steps.
for a regional pilot of the Statway Network Improvement Community
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT) seeks to expand Statway—a remedial math program focused on statistics, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning—to the Bay Area. This one-year pathway culminating in college-level statistics is structured to serve students planning to transfer to four-year institutions and continue further studies in humanities or social sciences. Working with faculty from its national network of colleges and universities, CFAT will train and support large numbers of faculty to reliably enact Statway. By the end of the grant term, CFAT will have developed a regional Bay Area network of six community colleges and state universities where Statway will be institutionalized. This faculty network will be poised to move the program to full scale within their respective institutions and to support its expansion statewide in California.