K12 Headlines

7/13/2015

7/13/2015

The mainstream school system — with its barrage of tests, Common Core and “excellent sheep” — encourages learning as a passive, standardized process. But here and there, with the help of YouTube and thousands of podcasts, a growing group of students and adults are beginning to supplement their education.

7/13/2015

In an early glimpse of how much tougher state tests could be in the Common Core era, a new federal report released in July shows that early adopters of the controversial standards are assessing their students using far higher bars of difficulty.

7/13/2015

Texas' current truancy law, which allows schools to file misdemeanor charges against students who play hooky too often, appears to be working the way its designers hoped. But the rules will change when students return to school this fall, and there is widespread disagreement on what to expect.

7/13/2015

The Bureau of Indian Education has set curriculums for years. But the federal agency gave seven tribes funds to develop their own school boards and curriculums, including the teaching of indigenous languages.

7/13/2015

Chicago Public Schools will increase organized sports opportunities for girls at a minimum of 12 high schools for the coming school year as part of a broader settlement with federal investigators who found "significant" gender-based participation gaps in district sports programs.

7/13/2015

A study found that second-generation Mexican Americans in California and Texas had achieved more education, higher earnings, less poverty, more white-collar jobs and greater rates of home ownership than their immigrant parents.

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7/10/2015

As part of an effort to close the gaps in graduation rates for many groups of disengaged or disadvantaged students, WIN Learning will support National Dropout Prevention Center/Network's communication efforts about college and career readiness measures, including participation in regional and national events.

7/10/2015

Formal structures for helping students transition smoothly appear to be relatively uncommon, leaving the work to already overburdened counselors and families, or sometimes no one but the students themselves. Two standout programs in Boston and in St. Paul, Minnesota are trying to help connect the dots for freshmen, and may serve as a model for other schools systems.

7/10/2015

The Muscogee County School Board is discussing a pilot program of swimming lessons for kindergarteners. We know from statistics, anecdotal evidence and common sense that small children who learn to swim in formal lessons are dramatically less likely to drown. Local students should have free access to those literally life-saving skills.

7/10/2015

A new study estimates that more than 145,000 deaths per year could be averted in the United States if everyone who didn't finish high school had earned their high school degrees. The findings suggest that policies aimed at increasing people's education level could improve residents' longevity.

7/10/2015

As a new Illinois employee, state school Superintendent Tony Smith landed in a less lucrative retirement plan designed to control pension costs. But unlike his colleagues in the Tier II plan, he is getting a special stipend each year—expected to be worth thousands of dollars annuallyto make up for his reduced pension.

7/10/2015

Newton Public Schools will be the first district in Massachusetts to implement Skyward, Inc.'s student information system. The Boston suburb school system serves more than 12,500 students in 21 schools.

7/10/2015

Nancy Hines, the Pennsylvania district's assistant superintendent, has been promoted from acting superintendent to the permanent top administrator position. Superintendent Thomas Washington resigned in January, and Hines moved into the role of acting superintendent in February.

7/10/2015

Sunburst Digital, Inc. is teaming up with Tynker, a start-up that has introduced more than 20 million kids to computer programming. Tynker’s game-based programming platform offers interactive tutorials, puzzles and code challenges.

7/10/2015

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has confirmed a massive grade-fixing scandal at John Dewey High School and has moved to fire the veteran principal for allowing dozens of students to earn credit for courses they never took.

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