Every few weeks, elementary students in Wilkes County (N.C.) Schools were getting tested on what they read. But the questions weren't all that difficult and students' reading levels weren't as high as administrators hoped they would be.
My career in education began as a high school math teacher. Anyone who has shared that experience knows frustration that arises when students arrive in class unprepared to learn the material you're teaching.
In a recent Web seminar about Data-Driven Decision Making, three experts in the field - Douglas Reeves, CEO and founder of the Center for Performance Assessment; Stephen C. Jones, superintendent of Norfolk (Va.) Public Schools; and Howard Woodard, the chief information officer for the Georgia Department of Education - answered your questions on this topic. Here's a sample of what was covered. (To view the entire presentation, visit www.districtadministration.com/webinars.).
It is a commonly held belief that participation in school sports helps build character. Students can learn everything from teamwork to good sportsmanship from their time on the playing field, the theory goes. A new report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement shows that these assumptions might be correct.
As New Jersey has learned, lax oversight of school construction programs can cause costly problems. But it doesn't have to be that way. Strong management by state agencies and local school districts can keep programs out of trouble, according to school and construction authorities.
Three forms of action:
1. Put all kids in rigorous high school courses
2. Make literacy an increasing priority in high school
3. Place more experienced teachers with students who are most in need, instead of putting the newest teachers with the toughest kids.
Source: The Education Trust