K12 Headlines

6/11/2013

6/11/2013

In April, some 1.2 million New York students took their first Common Core State Standards tests, which are supposed to assess their knowledge and thinking. The first wave of exams was so overwhelming that some parents refused to let their children take the test.

6/11/2013

Pennsylvania schools that adopted solar power say their arrays are performing as expected, in some cases generating 100 percent of building electricity. In the Bethlehem Area School District, five of 22 schools have solar panels.

6/11/2013

The Grand Rapids school board is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy caused by a recent resignation. Applicants should submit a resume and a letter of intent explaining why they are seeking the office, why they believe they are qualified, and what experience they may have with Grand Rapids Public Schools and/or public education.

6/11/2013

How does an elementary school adjust to a steep and rapid rise in the number of poor children coming through its doors? With programs to build language and technological literacy, resilient character, and ties to the community, says Brett Wilfrid, principal of Sandburg Elementary School, on Madison’s far east side.

6/11/2013

When reforms are implemented with little or no input from the community, there is going to be a level of frustration and lack of ownership because there is no buy-in. These conditions do not bode well for the sustainability of any reform, regardless of its intentions.

6/11/2013

Many in Inglewood thought the city's struggling school district had been handed a lifeline last year when the state Department of Education took the reins, hiring new leaders and infusing the school system with $55 million in emergency loans.

6/11/2013

When Alissa Parker first heard there was a shooting at her 6-year-old daughter’s school, she immediately thought of the building’s security weaknesses and wished she’d spoken up. “Knowing the location of where Emilie’s classroom was, if anyone gained access to that building, I knew that my child was very vulnerable,” she said.

6/11/2013

KayLynn McAbee is one of thousands of high school graduates across Colorado slated to take costly remedial courses that do not count toward her college degree. But McAbee will not have to pay for the courses because of a new summer program developed by Denver Public Schools.

6/11/2013

With two notable exceptions, the 2013 Legislature was marked by the death of a wide range of public school bills, including a push to delay the key impact of Louisiana’s new teacher evaluations.

6/11/2013

Five years into the second phase of its mission to overhaul America’s public schools, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is moving to work more closely with teachers, generating interest but also wariness because of past hostilities.

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.

6/11/2013

Ernest "Todd" Holden comes to Ashe County (N.C.) from the Iredell-Statesville School System (N.C.), where he is currently the principal of West Iredell High School.

6/11/2013

After a five-month search, the Lake Worth school board selected a new superintendent this week to replace Janice Cooper, who left the district earlier this year.

6/11/2013

We have known for years that too many children lack competencies fundamental to their school success. This unfortunately happens because of things they don’t learn by age 5—most notably in the areas of spoken language and literacy, self-regulation, social-emotional competence and early math.

6/11/2013

Debra Livingston, superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District, was selected to lead New Hampshire's largest school district.

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