Standards

5/8/2013

5/8/2013

Officials of the Pennsville (N.J.) School District introduced a policy recently that sets up parameters for staff using social networking sites while working within the district. The policy outlines security and appropriate procedures for using district technology resources.

5/8/2013

Seeking to address pervasive racial disparities at the top echelons of New York City schools, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, plans on Tuesday to propose a significant overhaul of gifted and talented programs that would provide space for more children and loosen admissions requirements.

5/8/2013

For too long, schools from district to district and state to state have had wildly different standards and tests that make it harder for some students to compete and harder for parents and educators to get a handle on how well schools are performing.

5/2/2013

5/2/2013

They may have answered more questions right than they did last year, but the state has changed scoring standards, and many may have found that their rating dropped from "advanced" to "proficient," or "proficient" to "basic."

5/2/2013

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.

4/25/2013

4/25/2013

In a paper published in this month's issue of Sociology of Education, the researchers present the results of a comprehensive analysis of teacher assignments in the nation's fourth-largest school district, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Their findings identify trends that may contribute to teacher turnover and achievement gaps nationwide.

4/24/2013

4/24/2013

The Next Generation Science Standards, based on the Framework for K12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council, are now available. Download a printer-friendly version here or click on the videos to learn more. An interactive version will be available soon.

4/24/2013

Several public schools made significant gains, shaking up the top 10 in this year’s rankings.

4/24/2013

U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's best high schools are out, and the results suggest students thrive when given access to curriculum and instruction that's significantly more challenging than what a typical American student receives.

4/23/2013

4/23/2013

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.

4/23/2013

Bill Gates’ faith in test scores as indicators of effectiveness makes it clear that he buys the conventional wisdom that the teacher’s role is to “deliver information.” But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong?

4/22/2013

4/22/2013

Talk to Melissa Colsman and you know she's a teacher, even before she tells you she once taught math. The executive director of the Colorado Department of Education's Teaching and Learning Unit makes a compelling case for what public schools need.

4/16/2013

4/16/2013

The No Child Left Behind Act increased student and teacher accountability, tests and led to the development of the Common Core Standards. All of these are noble changes, well-intentioned changes and no one is arguing that change was needed, but the implementation of the changes in all grade levels meant that the students in grade 1-12 were held to standards for which they were not prepared.

4/10/2013

4/10/2013

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.

4/10/2013

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.

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