Afternoon Announcements: January 3, 2012
January 03, 2012 09:50 pm
Happy New Year! The Alliance wishes you a prosperous and eventful 2012 and will continue to bring you new information and developments in the world of educational policy and reform.
Peer pressure and fear of ridicule is common for school-aged students, especially for those from lower economic backgrounds. The Chicago Tribune reports that, based on a new study, pressure and fear may also prevent many working-class students from asking questions in class. The study finds that kids from working-class families are less likely to ask questions in class than their middle-class peers.
Schools districts and teachers nationwide risk losing large federal education grants because of disputes regarding teacher evaluation reform. According to National Public Radio, both teachers and district administrators agree that there is a dire need for change but cannot agree on the details. The Department of Education may be called upon to intervene as schools jeopardize receiving federal aid.
Reform of Washington D.C’s teacher evaluation system has resulted in a large pay day for many of the area’s young teachers. The new system, according to the New York Times, evaluates young talent and offers unusually large pay raises for outstanding performance. Approximately 476 teachers received bonuses and pay raises last year.
Many state educational experts believe Illinois was a victim of evaluation inconsistencies during the “Race to the Top” education reform competition based on a report by the Chicago News Cooperative. Illinois received drastically different scores for similar proposals in the first two rounds and objectors pinpoint the large gap as evidence that the state may have received inconsistent critique during the second and third rounds of scoring.