- GA District Touts Improvements
Gwinnett Co. officials under fire for their opposition to charter amendment now promoting trad schools successes. Describes board session showcasing test results, though no numbers noted here. Attention mostly on politics of >
Oct 19, 5:33 AM:
- New Approval Method In LA
State BOE backs proposal to allow nonpublic schools with national accreditation to participate in voucher program automatically. Recaps previous debate about how they'd be okayed. Includes educator reaction.
Oct 18, 1:39 PM:
- TX Districts Deal With Higher Standards
Overview of differences between state and fed accountability measures and impact they have on systems. Doesn't raise question of whether gap can be reconciled. Notes record number of schools don't meet minimum benchmarks. >
Oct 18, 1:13 PM:
- Money As Achievement Motivator
Delves into National Math and Science Initiative that provides cash rewards to students performing well on AP exams. Delves into how works in CO and weighs pros/cons. Also looks at study of whether $$ always leads to better >
Oct 18, 12:44 PM:
- OH Districts Boost Grades
Preliminary report card results show Toledo-area schools getting higher ratings because of improved test scores and value-added metric. Showcases charter success in moving from "academic watch" to "excellent" and explores how did >
Oct 18, 12:33 PM:
- OH Districts Grades Drop
Preliminary report cards show Findlay, Arlington and Bluffton falling from "excellent with distinction" or "excellent" to next level down. Includes officials' reactions and rundown of results from other area schools. Doesn't >
Oct 18, 12:04 PM:
- Making The Grade, Or Not
More OH school report cards released, although official report still being withheld due to charges of data manipulation. Run down of which district made bar, which didn't, with just a bit of insight into how they plan to improve. >
Oct 18, 10:50 AM:
- Test Results Left Out
Looks at why scores of 3 KS districts won't be included in state average. They used alternative exam. Outlines concerns about numbers being inflated without Kansas City because it's traditionally low-performing.
Oct 18, 10:37 AM:
- OR School Accountability
Profile of Laurel Elementary which is now eligible for fed dollars because of Focus School designation. Notes NCLB waiver and its impact on system, but doesn't clearly outline plans for making improvements or progress.
Oct 17, 6:23 AM:
- FL Student Expectations
Gov. Scott distances self from controversial state BOE strategic plan that sets different interim proficiency levels for white, black and low-income students. Describes his goal of closing achievement gap for all kids, but >
Oct 17, 6:09 AM:
- Tackling The Achievement Gap
Santa Clara (CA) achievement gap put in context of national achievement gap. Notes poverty affects achievement, but doesn't offer examples of schools across the nation beating the odds.
Oct 17, 6:02 AM:
- Above And Beyond Proficient
Photo by me and the sysop
Santa Fe Super insists proficiency shouldn't be the standard for measuring success. Describes plan of action for NM district schools, which includes performance compacts for employees, a parent academy, and more.
Oct 17, 5:50 AM:
- NY Curriculum Conflict
Overview of charges traded between NYC teachers union chief and school officials regarding info needed to prep students for new, tougher state tests. Describes educator training given and acknowledgment some things not ready. >
Oct 17, 4:41 AM:
- CA API Report
State's performance index released. Notes that in district scores fell. Simply a list of data, with no attempt to interpret nor analyze. Does explain how schools are assessed as an institution and for sub-group performance. >
Oct 16, 2:04 PM:
- Standards Stir Controversy In MI
Overview of implementation of Common Core. Looks at how changes teaching of math and English. Weighs pros/cons, including arguments from opponents who say they strip local control.
Oct 15, 12:23 PM:
- CA District Performance Reports
District reveals its standing school-by-school. No analysis nor interviews with top performers to get sense of what they are doing right.
Oct 12, 4:12 PM:
- CA District Achievement Mixed
Profile of Coachella Valley's performance. Officials say schools improving even if not meeting AYP as required under NCLB. Points to exceeding state goals. Notes state's waiver request pending.
Oct 12, 1:17 PM:
- Los Angeles Schools Perform
District scores on Academic Performance Index 16 points higher than last year and 150 better than decade ago. Lots of numbers and comparison with other urban systems. But, negative AYP info buried and needs more attention.
Oct 12, 11:45 AM:
- CA District Mixed Results
Vallejo schools perform better than last year on state tests, but only about half met academic growth goals. Lots of numbers. Explores performance index and who exceeded targets.
Oct 12, 11:30 AM:
- School Activities=Higher Scores?
Overall, Merced (CA) receive good marks on state tests. Super links achievement to getting and keeping students involved and engaged in more than just academics. Lots of numbers and rundown of individual results.
Oct 12, 11:12 AM: