- Closing Achievement Gap: Not Worth Much
Nashville looks at new school performance plan that gives little value to closing the achievement gap. Academic performance, college readiness and public survey components make up the remaining measurement. Plan created after >
Mar 27, 4:37 AM:
- Not One Size Fits All
FL lawmakers look to create diploma designations to get more students to graduation. Clear sense that this is reaction to stricter standards, but left wondering how diploma tracks will impact students after graduation. >
Mar 25, 10:05 AM:
- Considering Common Core Bill
A bill that would repeal AL's adoption of Common Core education standards will be voted on in the state Senate. The Governor and the State Superintendent of Education are at odds on this one, but what are the two sides for? >
Mar 13, 4:41 PM:
- Districts Ahead Of Common Core
CA school districts are already implementing plans to be ready for Common Core requirements when they take effect in 2015. Provides examples of how districts prepare but what gives little information on Common Core.
Mar 11, 1:12 PM:
- Costs and Benefits of Consolidation
Closing a public school is always a tough choice, but it's hard to separate the real downsides from the nostalgia. All the arguments against consolidating failing schools are true on their face, but they only highlight the >
Mar 11, 12:18 PM:
- Is Closure Killing or Letting Die?
W. Palm Beach must decide whether to turn around some of its failing charters or close them. Regardless of the alleged lack of district support, the issue is simple: charters that can't prove themselves early on should be closed. >
Mar 11, 11:48 AM:
- Misleading Numbers, Tired Solutions
Achievement in Omaha Public Schools is grossly inadequate, but that's about all we can glean from this article. The author claims that some schools have narrowed the gap, but persistently misleads by comparing black students in >
Mar 11, 11:28 AM:
- Is Holding Kids Back Tough Love?
More states are passing laws to retain children in 3rd grade who don't make the reading proficiency cut. It's true that retention doesn't address the root of the problem and that gains for retained kids fade over time, but the >
Mar 11, 10:58 AM:
- School Choice Bill “Changed”
AL state senator prepared to testify in court that school choice bill approved by Legislature is not the same. Alabama Accountability Act is the bill in question, paints a clear picture of the argument but what is the actual bill >
Mar 11, 10:22 AM:
- WV Reform Bill Raises Big Questions
Gov. Tombiln's ed reform bill touches on many issues including hiring of teachers, and the TFA program. Gives a good overview of main issues but no real background for WV ed legislation.
Mar 8, 12:41 PM:
- Common Core and Tech. - A New Standard
Some CA districts are using technology in conjunction with traditional methods to implement their Common Core State Standards. Touches upon blended learning and Common Core issues but doesn't go into either in any kind of depth. >
Mar 8, 12:02 PM:
- Common Core In TN
Local education leader details the debate surrounding federal common core standards in TN and finally concludes that time will be the final factor in determining their effectiveness.
Mar 8, 7:24 AM:
- All Grades Are Not Created Equally
OK considers restructuring school evaluation system to make grades more fair and less harsh. Shows that not all grading systems are created equal, but leaves out most details on how new system will be different.
Mar 6, 1:06 PM:
- Grad Rate Hot Potato
Logos Public Charter School faces difficulty of graduating students that are not suited for the school model. Acknowledges that graduation rates may not be completely accurate, but does not propose a reliable plan for actually >
Mar 6, 12:35 PM:
- Achievement Transparency
Opinion piece supports legislation that would make SAT and ACT data part of schools' report cards. Thinks this information will help public, parents have better understanding of students' college-readiness.
Mar 5, 7:15 AM:
- GO For Community Action
CA Great Oakland Public Schools releases academic performance report with the intent of increasing accountability and community involvement. While the sentiment is great, it leaves one questioning what will be done to actually >
Mar 4, 3:30 PM:
- Big Data, Meet Big Ed
Comprehensive K-12 student data systems offer promising tools to educators, and they're shaping up to be the story to watch at the SXSWedu conference in Austin. There's no way that big data will "save education in America", but >
Mar 4, 12:17 PM:
- NCLB Waivers Obscure Grad Rates
New study finds many states that received waivers from NCLB are not following federal rules for reporting graduation rates. It's strange that the waiver plans were approved if this is true, can't the feds enforce their own rules? >
Feb 13, 12:34 PM:
- VA Moves On Grading, Takeovers
State Senate passes state takeover and A-F grading of schools legislation. Opposition mainly from Dems, saying A-F grading just a gimmick & questioning what state will do differently than local boards. Would benefit from looking >
Feb 6, 7:16 AM: