Lots of news today!
Education Week has a lot of good ed news from today and yesterday:
Insiders: Slim Hope for ESEA Reauthorization Politics K–12 blog
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act will never be reauthorized. At least that’s what 20 percent of education “insiders” surveyed by a Washington consulting group think. The new survey released Thursday by Whiteboard Advisors found that 72 percent of a small group of key education influentials agreed that, at the very least, Congress won’t update the federal education law until after December 2015.
With Fractions, Common-Core Training Goes Beyond ‘Invert and Multiply’ Curriculum Matters blog
“Who would draw a picture to divide 2/3 by 3/4?” asked Marina Ratner, a professor emerita of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, in a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece. Ratner meant the question as rhetorical—she’s an adamant opponent of the Common Core State Standards in math and spends the article arguing that they’re making math education in the country worse. Her point was that drawing such a picture is a waste of time and makes the problem overly complex.
Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core Curriculum Matters blog
Teachers are getting steadily more training in the common core, but they’re not feeling much more prepared to teach it, according to survey results released Thursday by the Education Week Research Center. Results from the study show that while far more teachers are attending common-core training, they are giving those sessions low marks for quality.
Other Education News and Op-Eds
This op-ed is written by Eric Sheninger, principal at New Milford School in NJ. Sheninger will be a special guest during the Alliance’s August 28 webinar “Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times”
Schools Need to Work Better for Kids than Adults Huffington Post
The world is changing, but many schools are not. Are the needs of our learners being met, and will they be prepared to succeed in this world? When I think about this question my own child comes to mind.
Science Academies a Hot Trend for Fall in North Jersey NorthJersey.com
With schools set to open in about three weeks, the hottest trend in education is the launching of special academies for science, technology, engineering and math, aimed at training future high-tech workers and capturing the fascination of young people born to a digital age.
State Data Finds Nearly Half of Michigan Schools Need Improvement USA Today
Nearly half of Michigan’s schools need improvement and only 50 schools statewide earned the highest accountability rating by the Michigan Department of Education, according to data released this morning. In addition, as many as 30 schools statewide have fallen to the bottom of the heap for at least three years in a row, making them ripe for potentially being placed in a state reform school district.
Why Los Angeles Sends Failing Students on to the Next Grade Hechinger
When Alberto Cortes was held back in fourth grade because of low math skills, he thought his world had come to an end. “The first day of going back to fourth grade, I see all my friends with new teachers there in fifth grade,” Cortes said. At first the humiliation and embarrassment of retention motivated Cortes to try hard in his classes. But by seventh grade, he was smoking and doing graffiti to impress kids and shed his reputation as the “dumb” older kid.
Ed Reality Worse Than Numbers Show Las Vegas Review-Journal
It’s no secret Nevada schools are doing poorly, “remaining at the bottom of all those lists,” but that’s not the entire picture, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga on Wednesday. The truth is even worse than the statistics would have you believe, he added.