boilerplate image
Your daily serving of high school news and policy.
GradPhoto_Small
Posted:
July 15, 2014 10:19 am
Featured Entry:

Core of the Matter: New Opportunities for Success for Native Students (#CoreMatters)

RSS feed

For five years, an Oglala Sioux child flourished in school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Teachers labeled her gifted, a leader, and confident in every subject.  The student was proud of herself, her heritage, and her community.  Then, for reasons beyond her family’s control, she and her family abruptly relocated to Washington, DC.

She entered her new school mid-year feeling academically confident and secure, ready to make friends and continue to be a leader.  She soon discovered, however, that students in rural areas react differently to various activities and societal pressures than students in cities.  She noticed her initial struggle to answer questions as quickly and competitively as the other students, confused by the aggressive shouting of an answer to get attention.  She often went home frustrated, unable to understand why her peers acted in particular ways regarding classroom behavior and peer-to-peer interaction.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Achievement Gap, Common Core Equity Series, Common Core State Standards, Equity
Posted: July 24, 2014 01:36 pm

Afternoon Announcements: July 24, 2014

MH900422591[1]
Posted:
July 24, 2014 01:36 pm
RSS feed

A California court rules on privacy and teacher performance ratings


Common Core State Standards across the country: Where is it implemented, what challenges remain and what does the coming school year have in store? NPR

The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday. The LA Times

The Oregon Department of Education is siding with part of a Portland School Board, saying it’s too soon to use the new student the new Common Core State Standard test result to evaluate teachers, but it’s not too soon to use for schools and school districts. The Oregonian

The Anne E. Casey Foundation recently released its 2014 Data Book: State Trends In Child Well-Being, which attempts to rank states based on factors such as student proficiency in math and reading, preschool enrollment, and graduation rates. Click the link to view the data book and see where your state ranks. Data Book: State Trends In Child Well-Being

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: July 23, 2014 01:33 pm

Afternoon Annoucements July 23, 2014

math
Posted:
July 23, 2014 01:33 pm
RSS feed

Can the Common Core standards solve America’s math problem?


The Common Core State Standards could fix the historic mathematics lag in U.S. schools, but it will take proper training for teachers and adequate implementation. The New York Times

A group of parents, teachers and a foundation that runs charter schools filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal lacks the authority to withdraw his state from the Common Core national academic standards.   The Washington Post

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) are slated to introduce legislation Wednesday that will authorize funding for public K-12 schools that bring together various educational and social service programs. Real Clear Education

President Obama announced new executive actions and signing new workforce investment legislation that reauthorizes a federal law to provides states and municipalities with money for post-secondary education job training. Inside Higher Ed

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: July 21, 2014 02:13 pm

Alliance Report on Teacher Attrition Highlighted Across Education News

PathToEquityCover-231x300
Posted:
July 21, 2014 02:13 pm
RSS feed

The Alliance’s new report  On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers released July 17, was a major topic of discussion following a panel briefing and webinar. Check out the articles below featuring the report’s state-by-state attrition costs and the comprehensive induction programs to improve teaching effectiveness and retention:


‘“Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year,” reads a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. And this kind of turnover comes at a steep cost, not only to students but to districts: up to $2.2 billion a year.’ NPR

‘Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers – and their tendency to quit. Researchers estimate that over 1 million teachers move in and out of schools annually, and between 40 and 50 percent quit within five years.’ The Hechinger Report

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Quality, Uncategorized
Posted: July 21, 2014 12:29 pm

Afternoon Announcements July 21, 2014

Obama_Classroom
Posted:
July 21, 2014 12:29 pm
RSS feed

Obama’s initiative to improve education outcomes for male students of color grows


President Obama will announce today that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation. The New York Times

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hired an expert in urban education to help improve the outcomes for African American boys in D.C. Public Schools. The Washington Post

Large numbers of new teachers and teachers getting ready to retire have left a gap of experienced classroom instructors in Arizona’s public schools. Arizona Daily Star

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s latest report on teacher attrition and retention.

Montgomery County, MD schools add Ps to student report cards – focusing more on ‘Performance and Progress’ as the Common Core State Standards hit schools. The Washington Post

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: July 16, 2014 12:41 pm

Afternoon Announcements July 16, 2014

Minnesota House State Legislature
Posted:
July 16, 2014 12:41 pm
RSS feed

Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal


Prince George’s County, MD will open two high schools in 2015 that are specifically designed to help recent immigrant students and second-generation students who are struggling academically to adapt in the United States. The Washington Post

Schools and districts in metropolitan areas such as Washington, Houston and Miami have seen an uptick in the number of children and teens coming unaccompanied across the border, with more anticipated to enroll this fall. Business Week

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the state’s public schools. Deseret News

Mississippi State Senator David Blount (D–Jackson), calls funding public schools a “constitutional obligation.” The Hechinger Report

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: July 14, 2014 12:49 pm

Afternoon Announcements July 14, 2014

WebinarImage- June 30
Posted:
July 14, 2014 12:49 pm
RSS feed

 FCC vote to modernized E-Rate is a major victory for students and schools


The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 3-2 vote to modernization eRate is major win for students and schools when it comes to WiFi availability.  eSchoolNews

In Mississippi, a technology access gap only compounds the state’s most persistent educational problems as poor school districts struggle to adapt to educational technology. The Hechinger Report Luckily for students and districts, the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to modernize eRate means equal access to the internet for even the poorest areas.

States like Oklahoma and South Carolina which have opted out of the Common Core State Standards face the prospect of less time to create new academic standards, something that could greatly effect students. Education Week

This weekend, the National Governors Association’s three-day meeting saw Common Core discussion from governors on both sides of implementing the standards. The Huffington Post

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: July 14, 2014 10:14 am

No Matter How You Measure Them, College Remediation Rates Are Too High

College
Posted:
July 14, 2014 10:14 am
RSS feed

Carol Burris raises some important points about data on college remediation rates, which have become the basis for education policy in recent years. As the organization that is the source of the data she says is erroneous, the Alliance for Excellent Education has the obligation to try to clarify the picture.

The Alliance agrees wholeheartedly that policy should be informed by accurate data. And one would think that the question, “How many students take remedial courses?” would yield a ready, reliable answer. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
College & Career Readiness, College Remediation
Posted: July 11, 2014 04:32 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: How personalized learning puts students at the center of education

thumbnail-project-deeperlearning
Posted:
July 11, 2014 04:32 pm
RSS feed

The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all deeper learning news. Please be sure to follow @deeperlearning on Twitter for more on deeper learning.


“A system that was designed over 120 years ago just is not capable of giving today’s students the supports they need to succeed, in school and in life.” Jim Rickabaugh, Director of the Institute @ CESA #1 and former Superintendent of the Whitefish Bay Schools in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin discusses how personalized learning puts students at the center of education. Learning Deeply

Students at Monument Mountain Regional School got the chance to break the education mold, taking flying lessons for science as educators opted for more self-directed curriculum choice. Check out student and teacher reactions:

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning
Posted: July 11, 2014 01:22 pm

Federal Communications Commission Votes to Modernize E-Rate, Expand Wi-Fi Access in Schools and Libraries

Classroomconnectivityimage
Posted:
July 11, 2014 01:22 pm
RSS feed

In a landmark move, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to modernize the federal E-rate program with the goal of providing greater Wi-Fi access to millions of students. The vote represents the first major change to the E-rate program since its creation in 1996.

E-rate, the federal government’s largest educational technology program, has been a tremendous success in supporting internet connectivity and other communications services for the nation’s schools and libraries. Today, more than 95 percent of schools have some basic internet connectivity, compared to just 14 percent when E-rate was enacted in 1996. Likewise, most public libraries today are connected to the internet with 98 percent offering public internet access.

As it was previously structured, however, E-rate provided little support for Wi-Fi even as students, teachers, and library patrons increasingly rely more on tablets, laptops, and other devices to access the internet.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
E-Rate
Posted: July 10, 2014 05:47 pm

At-Risk to Success Story: PBS Frontline Highlights One Student’s Path to High School Success

FrontlineScreenshot
Posted:
July 10, 2014 05:47 pm
RSS feed

The nation’s goal to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020 is right on track, according to a 2013 report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. Still, graduation rates for students of color continue to lag behind those of their white peers. But what if there were red flag behaviors in academic performance that could help educators set these statistically low-income students of color students on the right path?  And what if that steering could start as early as sixth grade? For some students, it has.

Omarina’s Story, set to air as part of PBS Frontline: Separate and Unequal on Tuesday, July 15 at 10 p.m. EST, revisits the story of Omarina Cabrera, a girl from the Bronx who was once a student at risk of dropping out, but now excels at an elite New England prep school after her teachers intervened with an experimental program based on recognizing and correcting behaviors that lead students to not complete high school.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Achievement Gap, High School Dropout Rates, High School Graduation Rates
Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.