Evaluation

7/10/2013

7/10/2013
What does it take to improve a school? What kinds of programs, systems, and people need to be in place for educational outcomes to improve overall? This report shows that these and other questions continue to vex policymakers, researchers, reformers, and advocates who pore over data and case studies looking for tools to transform schools into places where all students achieve.

7/9/2013

7/9/2013
The research proves that IQ tests poorly predict learning disabilities. So why are schools still using them?

7/3/2013

7/3/2013
This quiz, by Lisa Nielsen, author of The Innovative Educator blog, will help you take a close look at how your students and teachers are communicating, connecting, interacting, and engaging today, so you can think about where you want to go in the future. 

6/28/2013

6/28/2013
U.S. elementary and middle school students have sharpened their reading and math skills since the 1970s, while 17-year-olds stagnated, federal tests show. Almost half of 9-year-olds knew basic arithmetic last year, up from 20 percent in 1978, according to a U.S. Education Department report. Yet, only 7 percent of 17-year-olds solved routine problems involving fractions, percents, algebra, exponents and square roots, the same level as 34 years earlier.

6/26/2013

6/26/2013
To help teachers navigate the exploding world of ed tech apps and games, the nonprofit Common Sense Media is rolling out a ‘Consumer Reports’-like reviews site.

6/21/2013

6/21/2013
Acknowledging that the nation’s educators face large challenges in preparing students for more rigorous academic standards and tests, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told state education officials on Tuesday that they could postpone making career decisions about teachers based on performance evaluations tied to new tests.
6/21/2013
Russell County Middle School, part of the Russell County School District (Seale, Ala.), is one of 78 in Alabama considered failing, according to a list released Tuesday. Schools on the list could lose students and corresponding state funding if parents transfer their children to other schools and seek the state income tax credit the law allows to help them pay for such a move.

6/19/2013

6/19/2013
For the second year in a row, the Florida Board of Education may tweak the state’s accountability standards on the eve of the release of school grades.
6/19/2013
A recent study sponsored by Microsoft and Pearson and conducted by Gallup confirms the positive connection between the development of 21st-century skills—such as critical thinking, real-world problem-solving, collaboration, and communication skills—and future job success. Yet more than half of those surveyed (59 percent) said they developed the skills they use at their current job outside of school.
6/19/2013
With rapid, relentless and continuous advancement in technology, the requirements of students and teachers are also undergoing a tremendous change. The report "Education Technology and Smart Classroom Market: Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2013-2018)," defines and segments the global ed tech market.

6/14/2013

6/14/2013
This is already common practice—for example, in gifted classes, honors programs, and Advanced Placement courses. Some teachers group students by ability within classrooms as well, separating the strong math group or the emergent readers.

6/11/2013

6/11/2013
Ability grouping and its close cousin, tracking, in which children take different classes based on their proficiency levels, fell out of favor in the late 1980s and the 1990s as critics charged that they perpetuated inequality by trapping poor and minority students in low-level groups.

6/10/2013

6/10/2013
More than 100 Clark County public schools' ratings were downgraded under Nevada's new school accountability system unveiled Friday morning.

6/5/2013

6/5/2013
Results of the 2012-2013 national occupational competency exams show that almost 89 percent of seniors at York County School of Technology who were tested scored either "competent" or "advanced," exceeding the national standard of 72 percent and the state average of 82 percent for career and tech ed high schools.

5/31/2013

5/31/2013
Six board members, excluding Trustee Frances L. Hayes, submitted evaluations and gave superintendent Deborah Hunter-Harvill a combined score of 53.9 percent out of 100. That rating is "minimally effective" based on 12 categories such as relationship with the board, educational leadership and progress toward the school improvement plan.

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