To help districts simplify the observation process for teacher evaluations, Performance Matters has added new enhancements to the FASTe Observer classroom observation tool. The newly released version includes an enhanced user interface.
A Grand Junction district is denying allegations of grade inflation after several teachers testified that administrators pressured them to avoid giving students D's and F's in order to minimize complaints from parents and ensure extracurricular eligibility.
School suspensions over things that could not possibly be guns have been going on for years. School violence is indeed a real threat. In regard to punishments, school officials here are exercising discretion without oversight, and their snap decisions on imaginary weapons are affecting real futures.
The launch of the first school voucher program has been approved to give families of as many as 5,000 children vouchers for private school tuition in Tennessee. However, companion legislation remains bottled up in the House, raising the likelihood that lawmakers will adjourn for the year without settling on a plan to roll vouchers out.
Keith Laser, who has been superintendent of Calais' schools for less than a year, is headed to Lincoln to lead Regional School Unit 67 for the next three years. Laser is currently under a two-year contract with Calais as well.
Cengage Learning's Gale has launched Analytics On Demand, a data analysis tool for libraries. With software from Alteryx, the program enables library administrators to integrate external data sources with internal data output from their integrated library systems and other platforms.
Capstone's newest line of database modules, PebbleGo Next, builds off of the company's PebbleGo databases for grades preK-3. PebbleGo Next will feature content for grades three through six. Debuting in the fall, its first State and American Indian Studies module will explore history, geography, government and people.
A proposal to change the state’s school aid formula passed through a Senate panel, despite objections that the plan has not been sufficiently researched. The legislation would make the state distribute almost all school funding based on each district’s ability to pay.
A state Senate panel approved a bill that would overhaul the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. The proposal would give principals new authority in a bid to improve student performance and allow for more parental input through newly created community school councils.
Public districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid this month from the Common School Fund. Wisconsin has state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each district.
The state's auditor general has begun a performance audit of Philadelphia's school district covering the 2008 to 2012 time period. The auditors are expected to be inside the district at the end of the month with a final report expected by 2015.
The state Board of Education voted to consolidate the Stephens district with three neighboring districts because of dwindling enrollment. Enrollment in the district fell below the minimum number of students required for two consecutive years, triggering mandatory consolidation or annexation with one or more districts under state law.
Three fundamental flaws in the General State Aid formula have contributed to historic levels of funding inequality: The complexity of the formula, the continual flow of state funding to districts regardless of how much is spent locally per pupil, and the failure to account for extraordinary costs associated with students with special needs.
Tom Leonard, the superintendent of a suburban Chicago district, has been named the lone finalist to lead the Eanes district beginning the next school year. Current Eanes Superintendent Nola Wellman plans to retire in August.
Scholastic Education and Mindset Works are joining forces to translate lessons from growth mindset research into everyday educational practices to boost student motivation. Scholastic will distribute Mindset Works' Brainology software program for students and the Mindset Works EducatorKit for teachers.