Happy Wednesday! You’re almost to the weekend, and, in case you had forgotten, this is a long weekend! Don’t look to the weekend until you look through our announcements first!
As state legislatures around the country wrap up their business for 2012, Education Week notes that their scorecards are a mixed bag for education. Budget struggles, increases to per-pupil spending, and other policy changes have been abundant from coast to coast.
Also from Education Week comes news that is unfortunate but also unsurprising. A study from the Department of Education found that “most English-language learners were enrolled in school districts that failed to reach all their accountability goals for such students in the 2008-09 school year.” Variations in how districts and states define which students are ELL as well as in how ELL students are assessed are likely contributors to these accountability struggles, as well as many ELL students hailing from districts with limited resources overall.
The Huffington Post reports on a National Counsel for Teacher Quality study that analyzed 180 education schools to see how teachers are prepared to use data from standardized tests. Sadly, “the results weren’t pretty.” This is discouraging news, especially as data becomes more accessible and widely-collected.
In the Empire State, according to Syracuse’s The Post Standard, extra dollars that flow to districts are a product of that district’s politicians more than other factors. The article notes that although the Baldwinsville Central and Tully School Districts are very similar, the former’s state legislators are better able to deliver funds to the home district.
Education groups in Washington State are once again trying to hop onto the charter school movement. The Associated Press via Education Week reports that “a coalition of Washington education groups on Tuesday filed a citizen initiative asking voters to allow 40 public charter schools in the state over the next five years.” The coalition will have about a month and a half to collect 250,000 signatures. Charter school initiatives have yet to take root in Washington as voters have rejected them numerous times.
That’s it for today, but check back this afternoon as we bring you your weekly dose of Stats That Stick!