- Detroit’s Achievement Authority
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Last year, MI created an Education Achievement Authority district in Detroit with goal to transform lowest performing schools. Follows new Authority principal, her goals to improve learning & achievement.
Aug 30, 6:53 AM:
- Difference With Waiver
List of underperforming schools goes from 1,000+ under NCLB to 213 under MN waiver. Achievement gap still exists. Told flexibility of waiver will help with implementing plans to boost learning.
Aug 30, 6:34 AM:
- Duluth School Ratings
New school ratings results for MN district released. Notes shift from ratings based on proficiency (NCLB) to ratings based on growth (waiver). Focus is on closing achievement gap, but plan of attack left out.
Aug 30, 5:27 AM:
- Go Math
To meet Common Core, CT district unveils Go Math! curriculum for all grades. Quotes from Go Math! web site; no other analysis or context of new standards.
Aug 29, 1:47 PM:
- Common Core’s Debut
This fall, classrooms in Chicago-area schools are focusing on Common Core standards that encourage critical thinking. In general, there will be more non-fiction and higher-level reading at earlier age.
Aug 29, 1:34 PM:
- Easier School Grading System
OK's new school grading system shifts from an index score from 0 to 1,500 to a simple A-F rating. State Ed Dept also unveiling program to provide resources for schools to improve their grade. Reading improvement high on list. >
Aug 29, 1:26 PM:
- New Graduation Reward
Mesa and Gilbert (AZ) students striving for STEM Grand Canyon Diploma. Describes tougher HS classes required to earn it and reasons they want it -- future career opportunities. Notes other districts already plan.
Aug 29, 12:59 PM:
- Cheating Delays School Ratings
OH Board delays release of all school report cards due to allegations of manipulation of attendance and other data by a few schools. Unintended consequence is delay in Teacher Incentive Fund monies.
Aug 29, 11:00 AM:
- Testing Mixed Results
Except for one subgroup, PA district meets required AYP benchmarks on state assessments. Econ. disadvantaged students fell short. Explains likely warning, how will make improvements and increasing proficiency standards.
Aug 29, 10:48 AM:
- PA District Exam Results
Tunkhannock area HS students fail to make AYP in math and reading on state assessments. No numbers, but speculation here that may be because of higher benchmarks for proficiency. Reaction and look at concerns about potential >
Aug 29, 10:21 AM:
- WV Exam Scores
Wood Co. shows improvement on statewide tests with 15 of 27 schools meeting or beating benchmarks. That's up from 9 that did so during 2010-11. Describes Super reaction and provides rundown of those not making AYP.
Aug 29, 9:22 AM:
- Best Score On State Test
Ruben Elementary gets a 100 on SC Palmetto Assessment of State Standards exam. Principal acknowledges hard work of students and staff, and stresses school will continue to push high standards. Attributes other factors, like >
Aug 29, 8:41 AM:
- Strengthening Writing
Local SC Super suggests writing evals for students at the end of 4th and 7th grades. Suggestion made during broader discussion about how 13.1% of freshman in district reading at 4th grade level or below.
Aug 28, 1:47 PM:
- No Excuses Achievement Attitude
Peoria School District 150 doesn't meet IL achievement standards under NCLB. Super stresses poverty and cuts aren't excuses. Admins plan to allocate $$ towards programs that improve achievement. No insight on schools that made >
Aug 28, 1:38 PM:
- New Tests Coming Soon
PA Keystone exams to take the place of PSSA tests. Keystone exams are more subject-specific and will be given to students at the end of a course. Schools have option to use tests as graduation requirement.
Aug 28, 1:29 PM:
- Exploring Common Core
NC county schools will see implementation of Common Core this year. Standards meant to boost college and career readiness. But how Common Core plans to do this is masked by high emotions of first day back to school.
Aug 28, 1:11 PM:
- TN Reward Schools
Gov Haslam recognizes those in top 5% based on student proficiency and achievement growth. Two Anderson Co. elementaries listed. Recaps state's reform efforts and higher standards.
Aug 28, 12:33 PM:
- Reward Schools Rewarded
Top TN schools, determined by test scores, honored by Gov and others. Reward Schools program part of new state accountability system. One principal says success due to dedicated teachers, differentiated instruction and common >
Aug 28, 11:28 AM:
- Changing Standards
Lenoir Co. (NC) district transitioning to Common Core as new year begins. Describes teacher training and how curriculum and classroom will be different. Also notes addition of dress code.
Aug 28, 11:08 AM:
- Gains In Hamilton Co. Schools
6 schools in TN district among best in state for academic gains; two honored for overall achievement. Praise from Gov, Ed Commissioner, and U.S. Ed Sec. Emphasis that these schools should be models to others.
Aug 28, 9:54 AM: