- Portland Plan Go Far Enough?
OR district looks to improve 63% graduation rate. Gist of report is raising expectations and finding programs that offer students best fit. But, all suggestions are within current system -- no pause to consider how reforms that >
Jan 8, 8:43 AM:
- Homework Turned Classwork
NM math teacher questions if homework truly effective, and allows class time for students to complete would-be homework problems. Biggest question is when kids learn techniques and fundamentals. Practice sounds a lot like flipped >
Jan 8, 8:15 AM:
- PR For TN Blob
Opposition in TN to StudentsFirst policy report hogs spotlight here. Critics say report is just tool to advance an agenda and what really matters are things like small class size. Too bad that's a tactic that's been tried and >
Jan 8, 8:14 AM:
- Goodbye Graduation Test
As part of its move to the common core, OH is among the states changing their testing regimes, moving to end-of-course tests based more on what kids are learning. Limited view of the challenges that this state faces.
Jan 7, 8:34 AM:
- School Grants Yield Little Results
Sad story of only 7 out of 27 Paterson NJ third-graders who passed the state's reading test, despite an "infusion of milions of dollars in federal grants." Yet school gets credited for minute gains without any real intensive >
Jan 7, 6:57 AM:
- New State Report Card
Another report card for states, as Students First releases its new policy report, heavily focussed on teacher quality measures. No As, 12 F's, and many states have lots of work to do, but then, that's been clear for years and >
Jan 7, 5:37 AM:
- Math Excitement In Detroit
MI district uses Project SEED to get students excited about math. Program engages students, but untold of results elsewhere in nation. History of Project SEED put in context of U.S. students lagging globally.
Jan 3, 7:46 AM:
- Changing School Culture
Mixed results for turnarounds in NM district. Biggest impact is change in school culture, but difficult to measure. Left out of discussion is other turnaround methods and how long students have to wait for this turnaround method >
Jan 2, 8:10 AM:
- GA Students Catch “Math Bug”
New campaign aimed at improving Dade Co. K-12 students' lagging math scores. Describes push for hands-on, real-life lessons and community and business involvement. Showcases innovative ways of teaching subject.
Dec 28, 1:17 PM:
- WI Implementing Common Core
Looks at transition to tougher curriculum in math and reading in schools in state. Gives examples of how lessons different. Recaps what standards supposed to accomplish.
Dec 27, 2:31 PM:
- LA Tougher Standards
Overview of transition to Common Core and implications for students and teachers. Looks at more stringent testing and how educators must shift how they do jobs.
Dec 26, 3:12 PM:
- Gearing Up For Common Core
All about Common Core implementation in FL. Costs, aim of comparing student achievement state-by-state, controversy of standardized testing all covered, yet there's nothing on why some think Common Core isn't a good idea because >
Dec 26, 7:36 AM:
- Analyzing FL AP Class Results
Questions whether Advanced Placement courses worth it for students. Looks at pros/cons. But really consider fact that statistically, any time more take test, number of those not passing will also increase. Doesn't necessarily >
Dec 24, 8:07 AM:
- Audit Questions Achievements
Columbus (OH) internal probe shows student data changes boosted districts grade on report card and means grad rates should also be looked at. Recaps state investigation of attendance info, but lets Super give reasons/excuses >
Dec 21, 8:18 AM:
- Banding Against Testing
Charlotte (NC) Super speaks out against state exams. Notes other Supers joining testing opposition. Excuses like needing more time to develop good tests hog spotlight. Fails to mention fact that kids across U.S. are graduating >
Dec 21, 7:52 AM:
- OK Accountability
State DOE collects demographic data and will release it along with school grades hoping it will provide context. Doesn't explore whether or how info will be used to address performance issues revealed in report.
Dec 20, 7:09 AM:
- OKC One Kid Challenge
Looks at new initiative pairing struggling students with adult volunteers to boost math and reading performance at Oklahoma City middle school receiving "D" grade in statewide eval. Outlines attendance and academic challenges. >
Dec 19, 8:24 AM:
- GA District In Crisis
Accreditation agency puts DeKalb Co. on probation, accusing board of in-fighting, mismanagement and letting academics slip. Looks at potential impact of decision and options for change, including state removal of leadership. >
Dec 18, 12:22 PM:
- MD School Performance Measures
Montgomery Co. Super criticizes aspects of state's new rating system even though his district fared well. Notes complaints about new labels based on test data, but doesn't say how he'd change things to better demonstrate >
Dec 18, 5:48 AM:
- New FL Schools Chief
Tony Bennett Q&A covering school choice, teacher evals, testing and other issues. Notes need to communicate better. Gives assessment of election loss in IN, saying wasn't rejection of reform efforts.
Dec 17, 1:52 PM: