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School District Destination: Deeper Learning In the News

April 18, 2017

Educators have offered instruction that goes beyond the rote for many years, but the concept of deeper learning has recently grown in scope as higher education and the economy demand a more complex blend of intellectual and social skills.

Deeper Learning

Why Allapattah Middle School Is Teaching Debate To Conquer Common Core In the News

October 06, 2014

Florida is one of dozens of states which have adopted math and language arts standards based on Common Core. The standards outline what students should know in every grade.Experts say speech and debate is a natural way to support the standards. Robert Rothman is a fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, which supports the Common Core. “They’ve been included in some state standards before now but haven’t really gotten much attention," he says. Common Core is supposed get students ready for college or to help them get a job after high school. Rothman says employers want workers with better communications skills.

New Learning Approach Uses Digital Media to ‘Connect’ Students to Interests Press Release

March 19, 2014

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Digital Learning Media (DLM) initiative that schools and out-of-school sites are adopting to enhance student learning and outcomes by connecting their education to their interests. Connected learning uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

New International Exam Results Show US Must Back Changes to Help Students Develop Deeper Learning In the News

January 30, 2014

Recent news reports have focused largely on the relatively mediocre showing of U.S. students on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of 15-year-olds in 64 countries, including the United States. The PISA rankings are only the surface story; much more important is PISA’s vast database that shares lessons of high-performing nations that reveal a great deal about what students need to learn—and this information should steer federal and state educational policy going forward.

ACT Linking Study Provides Guidance on International Benchmarking of U.S. College and Career Readiness In the News

December 13, 2013

The latest PISA test results confirm that 15-year-old students in the U.S. still have significant strides to make to catch up with their peers in other economically advanced countries ... Dr. Camara will provide insight into the latest PISA results during the Alliance for Excellent Education’s live streaming PISA Day event today.

Report: U.S. High Schoolers’ Rank Falls Worldwide In the News

December 13, 2013

American high school students have slipped in worldwide rankings of math, science and reading achievement, according to results of international testing released Tuesday by federal education officials ... "They are the skills most in demand in today's global economy. Unfortunately, they are also the skills that far too many U.S. students lack," said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington-based advocacy group.

Little Progress for U.S. in International Education Benchmarks In the News

December 13, 2013

The United States’ academic standing in newly released international exams has remained middling at best, prompting heated debate about what is to blame and how to fix the problem ... The Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group that emphasizes improving education for disadvantaged students, argues PISA asks the typical American student to do more than they have to do in standardized tests at the state level.

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