Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:49pm
What a group of middle-schoolers learned from their recent field trip to the city.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:25pm
The school bus — perhaps more than any other place — is for getting into trouble, horsing around with friends, shooting paper airplanes, singing silly songs, making faces at truck drivers and daydreaming out the window. If home and school are full of technology, then shouldn't the good old school bus be a one last remaining tech-free frontier?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:00pm
A new law strikes a fair balance between reducing the amount of testing, while preserving enough to effectively measure student and educator performance. Without some standardized tests, it is impossible to evaluate and compare schools, and without school data and rankings, parents can't make informed choices about where to send their children.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:01pm
It seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:36am
When the Philadelphia School Reform Commission recently voted to close two underperforming charter schools, it was making a decision that was in the best interests of students. The commission should go further and close the other underperforming public schools in the city: district-run schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:33am
The Washington Legislature must act immediately to make common sense changes to the state's confusing, expensive and burdensome system of student testing. Why now? This is the first year that students must pass a biology assessment as a graduation requirement. Predictably, about 8,000 students statewide have not passed the test.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:16am
A student's appearance should be the last thing of concern to a teacher, but more importantly, these comments — even when positive — can be damaging and hurtful to other kids. There are simply too many other things worth complimenting for any educator to be discussing physical appearance.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:05pm
New Jersey legislators should follow through in blocking the state's education commissioner from punishing students because of high opt-out rates. They should take statewide action to prevent PARCC scores from being used in any way for student placement or teacher evaluations for at least three years. The tests simply aren't ready to carry such high stakes.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:54pm
Each year at budget time, the aspirations that Maine school districts have for the education they provide run up against the cold, hard reality of steadily rising costs, additional mandates and, increasingly, diminished state aid. The delay as school districts and towns struggle to limit tax increases while still offering an adequate education is slowly killing both school districts and taxpayers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:40pm
About 2,000 high school seniors will fail to graduate this year despite many having enough credits because they didn’t pass an end-of-course test for biology in 10th grade or meet the state academic standard through an alternative approach that evaluates classroom work samples. New legislation needs to find a compromise to reduce testing but retain standards for learning.