- OH Accountability Plan Vote
State House action on new, tougher school standards and report cards could come as early as tomorrow. Describes lawmaker efforts to get bill finished. Recaps opposition from critics worried moving too fast and that some systems >
Nov 28, 7:43 AM:
- Grad Rate Gap
Analysis of 26-percentage point difference in number of white and black OH students who earn HS diploma. Looks at state-by-state comparison of fed stats. Notes acting state Super's call to raise expectations.
Nov 28, 7:39 AM:
- State Keeps Control Of MO District
Academically-troubled Riverview Gardens schools will continue to be governed by Special Administrative Board. Recaps system's struggles. Describes coming change in leadership.
Nov 28, 7:24 AM:
- School Achieves Despite Challenges
Northern KY elementary earns top honors for performance. Profile explores students demographics -- large #s of ELLs, low-income and special needs, and how emphasis on goal setting, parental involvement and teachers adapting to >
Nov 26, 2:12 PM:
- OH Exam Changes
Q & A on forthcoming shift to tougher, standardized tests measuring college readiness. Info here on when new requirements begin, how/why implemented and where factors into students' final grade.
Nov 26, 1:55 PM:
- Detroit Accountability Battle
Looks at legal fight over city's failing schools and effort of board to retake control of them following repeal of state's emergency manager law. Describes lawmaker efforts to keep EAA. Outlines changes made as well as >
Nov 26, 6:29 AM:
- LA Improved Performance
Explores jump in high school scores statewide. Lots of numbers to show growth rate. Also notes expected challenges ahead with transition to tougher Common Core standards.
Nov 26, 5:42 AM:
- Testing Ratchets Up For OH
More rigorous testing expected, with equally tougher Common Core-based instruction. Students will take the college-readiness exam and subject tests. Readiness exams not yet developed. May use ACT.
Nov 21, 8:05 AM:
- STAR Students Shine
Profile of Pittsburgh school's academic accomplishments under new effort rewarding progress on state tests. Explores how works, improvement in scores and bonuses for teachers.
Nov 20, 10:48 AM:
- CT School Success
Profile of St. Bernard that credits faculty for student AP scores that best state and national averages by double digits. Describes teacher experience levels and longevity as well as other factors thought to contribute to high >
Nov 20, 10:07 AM:
- WY District Boosts Performance
Elementary and middle schools in Fremont Co. raise test scores and end downward spiral. Describes process and changes made to curriculum as well as impact of geographic remoteness on system.
Nov 19, 1:43 PM:
- CA Latino Student Achievement
Merced Union High and Ceres Unified rank near top in nation for Hispanic grad rates. Describes challenges faced and how each addressed them to produce success.
Nov 19, 11:45 AM:
- CO District Achievement Changes
Explores state's move to new standards, noting how Garfield Re-2 staffers volunteered to help re-tool curriculum to reflect new concept-based learning.
Nov 19, 11:33 AM:
- OK Money On Hold
Describes how Title I funding for low-performing schools not distributed because state hasn't yet identified "Priority" or "Focus" sites necessary for dollars to be released. Looks at impact on classrooms and districts. >
Nov 19, 11:22 AM:
- IA School Success Model
Profile of Davenport's Madison School turnaround from one of worst to best performers. Notes given award. Describes "Direct Instruction" teaching technique credited with turnaround. Includes student views as well as teachers. >
Nov 16, 12:22 PM:
- OH Schools National Honor
Showcases Arcadia HS as one of 6 in state earning National Blue Ribbon designation. Notes but doesn't explore test scores and standards needed to get award.
Nov 16, 12:13 PM:
- NE Curriculum Fault Lines
Statewide teleconference on content of social studies classes and standards for them showcases politics of climate change and American exceptionalism. Describes debate over what to teach and arguments from both sides.
Nov 16, 11:46 AM:
- KS Board Issues
Overview of subjects on state BOE agenda at recent meeting. Most attention student-teacher relations. Statewide testing and science ed need closer look given confusion about subjects described here.
Nov 16, 11:34 AM:
- TX On Track For New Rating
Ed head says lowering achievement gap will be top consideration as state reworks its school rating system. Other measures are test scores, student growth and post-HS readiness. Approach so far has child advocate's approval. >
Nov 16, 7:17 AM:
- LA Tests More Difficult
Describes changes to annual assessment and explores how it'll be tougher. Notes new schedules provided to districts and that results won't fully count until 2014-15.
Nov 15, 1:48 PM: