An independent report of the Waltham public schools’ technology and library programs revealed both positive and negative findings, and raises eyebrows from school officials about the method in which the report was conducted.
Based on interviews and research, the ideas in this white paper build upon lessons learned in analyzing information systems developed by competency education innovators, including best practices of systemic approaches to information management and emerging opportunities.
Ignoring a problem has never made it go away. But that’s exactly what some are suggesting Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine Department of Education do after our new A-F grade system was announced last week.
Amber Chalmers, fifth grade science teacher at Rolling Hills Elementary, has been appointed to serve on the State Review Panel for Proclamation 2014, where she will review and evaluate instructional materials submitted for the November 2013 adoption by the State Board of Education, including science, math and technology applications.
While there has been widespread resistance to the idea, which some have called a punitive oversimplification of a school’s quality, the LePage administration has billed the grades as a simple and accessible way to reward high-performing schools and help educators and communities rally around the rest. Maine is the 14th state in the nation, along with New York City, to implement a school grading system.
For me, the bigger questions remain the value of standardized tests in the education of children, especially the impact they have on what gets taught, how it is taught, and how learning is accurately measured.
A look at Ohio’s new A-F report card system, slated to be rolled out in August, shows many school districts score poorly in areas such as closing achievement gaps between students — one of the new graded measures.
Let’s be clear, a child who does not receive a quality education today will become an adult without much of a future tomorrow. If we allow children to rot in historically failing schools, we all will suffer.
The memo notes that nearly all of the teachers at one Washington elementary school had students whose test papers showed high numbers of wrong-to-right erasures and asks, "Could a separate person have been responsible?"
The N.J. Dept. of Education shook the education world Wednesday when it released a new multi-page "School Performance Reports," that provides an analysis of the state’s schools in detail never before seen, including the percentage of middle school kids chronically absent; the percentage that took algebra in middle school; and more.
The Beckley-Raleigh (W.Va.) County Chamber of Commerce visited kindergarteners at Beckley Elementary and saw first-hand how they are learning to read using technology from MimioSprout. Such technology is meant to better engage students and ultimately improve the county’s assessment score, attendance rates, and graduation rates, as well as prepare children to compete globally in their chosen fields.
The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education.
The Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K12 standards to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.