- Kindergarten Helper
Report on kindergarten in OH town and the importance of having a strong teacher early on. Spells out several state standards for the grade and notes importance of parental involvement.
Aug 21, 4:14 PM:
- Common Core In LA
Houma-Thibodaux district starts adopting standards. Notes local Catholic schools doing so, too with modifications. Breakdown of what changes mean, benefits and concerns.
Aug 21, 12:14 PM:
- Projects Evolve Into Class
Baltic (SD) students' pilot work on STEM last year means new full-fledged effort for juniors and seniors. Describes how to be used to develop curriculum and how fits with Common Core.
Aug 21, 11:46 AM:
- New Modesto Report Cards
Local CA schools change how report cards will look. Simply a list of changes, like how certain subjects like English & Math now divided into skills like spelling and subtraction. Slight hint that standards-based grading is reason >
Aug 21, 10:17 AM:
- Aspen Achievement
CO district outscores statewide averages on exams. Room for improvement noted despite beating averages. No hints as to why district outperformed students elsewhere, just a report on achievement stats.
Aug 21, 9:34 AM:
- Report Cards On Hold
OH schools have to wait to find out how well they're doing. State Super delays release of info pending outcome of investigation of attendance-tampering allegations. Describes issue of accuracy and impact on districts.
Aug 21, 9:20 AM:
- FCAT Questions Not Answered
Reasons behind high number of erasures on statewide tests at 4 FL schools remain mystery. Describes results of probe and recommendations to ensure future tests are securely stored.
Aug 20, 4:35 PM:
- iPad Learning
iPads are just part of played part in improving test scores for AL grade schools, according to school folks. Teachers still key, while tech allows for more individualization and is said to engage students in learning.
Aug 20, 1:21 PM:
- iPads To Improve Learning
Tapping into research that suggests Internet use at home for low- and middle-income kids may lead to better academic achievement, SD district gives kids iPads. Test gains said to be made, but comparative data missing.
Aug 20, 12:26 PM:
- GA Dropout Figures Higher
Tougher fed graduation rate standards and discrepancy in measuring number quitting lead to double number of students out of school without degree. Describes new formula used to count, meaning 67%, not 87% received diploma.
Aug 20, 12:21 PM:
- New Grading System
NB district just changed their grading system, for the 4th time in 4 years. New grades will reflect projects/tests, rather than homework or behavior. College rep assuages students' fear of changes in reporting, saying they're >
Aug 20, 11:06 AM:
- Bill De-emphasizes Tests
Up for debate in CA is how much should standardized test scores account for a school's report card. Bill sponsor says dominance of testing ignores critical/creative thinking. Others argue all kids must pass basics of tests first. >
Aug 20, 9:17 AM:
- SD Steady Performance
Little change in state's graduation rates and test scores in past year. Describes transition from AYP to new system of accountability.
Aug 20, 9:07 AM:
- What’s An A?
OH school changes from 7 to 10-point grading scale. Looks at larger issue of impact on students' GPAs and whether disparities disadvantage some while boosting others. Describes need to level playing field.
Aug 20, 8:27 AM:
- Upping Competition With Standards
Common Core and Essential Standards coming to NC. Aim is to make schools more globally competitive. Revamping standards important because employers finding that students have difficulty applying skills.
Aug 20, 8:26 AM:
- A Gifted Education
Students identified as highly intelligent, including those with learning disabilities, are taught at a private academy in CO. Students prepare for a global world and school hosts IB program.
Aug 17, 3:10 PM:
- Cheating Not Widespread
FL report says cheating in 2011 confined to a handful of schools and no evidence of altered student responses at any of the schools.
Aug 17, 2:52 PM:
- Grant For School Improvement
ME HSs' low-performance helps it win grant to improve. Now, in second year of grant, money going to in-service training, defined goals for students. Online coursework will be an option and grant $$ will pay for AP fees. >
Aug 17, 1:52 PM:
- Investigating Irregularities
Small number of possible security breaches in NJ testing and officials are investigating vigorously. Officials say some are just dumb mistakes, while others more malicious in intent.
Aug 17, 1:11 PM:
- NH Student Achievement
Principal at Marston School in Hampton expects most kids to make progress for 2011-12. Cites data from group that does testing. Not clear here whether saying all will make AYP.
Aug 17, 11:31 AM: