September 14, 2010 04:35 pm
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Can two conferences held thirty-five miles apart indicate that a personalized learning movement is growing, especially if they take place in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley? And is there a common message when talking to wide-ranging audiences of teachers, ed-tech entrepreneurs, cutting-edge educators, and district leaders who must confront constant challenges of running a district while envisioning the future of learning?
September 14, 2010 04:35 pm
September 13, 2010 04:12 pm
Over the weekend, volunteers and VIPs participated in a dropout recovery program in Houston, Texas and convinced 75 students to return to school.
An extra reading class instead of a regular elective can boost reading comprehension, GPA, course credits and even state reading and math scores for students who enter freshman year reading several grade levels behind, according to a study conducted by MDRC. Read more in Education Week’s Inside School Research blog.
September 10, 2010 03:21 pm
More than 40 percent of Chicago’s public high schools are failing, according to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Public Schools’ internal documents.
In California, a civil liberties group is suing the state over charges incurred by public school students to use textbooks or take required tests or courses. The group is arguing that the state has failed to protect the right to a free public education. Read more in a story in today’s New York Times.
September 09, 2010 03:01 pm
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest up to $250 million over the next eight years to develop “next-generation instructional tools” that will help states and districts implement the common core state standards, the foundation said in its annual report.
Some charter schools are struggling to tap into the federal money provided by the Education Jobs Fund bill because their teachers are employees of a charter management organization or an educational management organization, not a school district according to Education Week.
September 08, 2010 03:32 pm
In an op-ed in the Providence Journal, Massachusetts secretary of education Paul Reville writes, “By adopting the Common Core, we’ve set a clearer, higher target for educational success. Now it’s time to see that all our children reach it.”
The Governor of Michigan would like lawmakers to require the school year to last more than 180 days.
The Columbus Dispatch editorial board asks “How can overall better performance go along with fewer kids graduating?”
September 07, 2010 06:18 pm
While the $3.5 billion Race to the Top program has captured the attention of much of the education world, a smaller grant program might have an equal if not greater impact on schools across the United States. On September 2, the U.S. Education Department awarded a total of $330 million to two consortia of states to develop new assessment systems. If these consortia fulfill their ambitious plans, states will soon transform the way they test students in dramatic ways.
September 03, 2010 03:21 pm
Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews discusses how students’ struggle to apply their AP or International Baccalaureate credits towards their college degrees.
At a new experimental school in Michigan, two teachers and an executive administrator will lead instead of a principal and assistant principal.
Michigan receives nearly $82.7 million in school improvement grants for twenty-eight of the lowest-performing schools in the state.
September 02, 2010 06:15 pm
As a teacher, I loved every single second with my seventh graders—even on those days that resembled an emotional roller coaster without seatbelts. But I left teaching after three years because I had become so frustrated with the policies outside of my classroom such as poor teacher preparation, zero tolerance policies, crumbling facilities, and superficial evaluations that affected my students once they stepped outside my door. At the time, the education system just didn’t seem to inspire hope in teachers and students. I almost became cynical and just plain angry, but I knew that I didn’t want to become another burnt-out teacher.
September 02, 2010 04:12 pm
Today the U.S. Department of Education awarded two state coalitions a total of $330 million in federal aid for the design of new assessment systems aligned to the recently developed common-core standards.
A nonprofit group in Connecticut has developed a five-year plan to change cultural views toward math and science and get students to take personal responsibility for their own learning.
September 01, 2010 03:24 pm
The New York Times takes a look at value-added modeling, a method to calculate the value teachers add to their students’ achievement, based on changes in test scores from year to year and how the students perform compared with others in their grade.
An article in Washington Monthly takes a look at College Dropout Factories. To read more about high school dropout factories, check out the Alliance’s brief, Prioritizing the Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools.