Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:14am
If there is a silver lining to coming late to the charter school game, it is that Alabama does not have to face uncharted obstacles of student selection, teacher accountability, and the myriad of other challenges to starting and operating a new kind of public school.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:11am
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students are not receiving the accommodations they need in K12 schools. Many of these students already start school with language deficits simply because they are hard of hearing and are not able to get all of the pertinent information that is necessary for their success.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:35am
The result of so many assessments is hours of instructional time sacrificed in favor of testing and test prep, testified Hanover Park Regional High School District Superintendent Carol Grossi in front of the Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:01am
The current model for internet-based schools doesn’t seem to work. What that tells us is that the fundamentals remain crucial. Teachers, time in a classroom and resources matter. So far, the evidence suggests many online schools in Colorado have failed to develop a model that delivers on these fundamentals.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:48am
The growing trend to require students to pass the citizenship test has created controversy, and not because of any issues related to immigration. Rather, at a time when resistance to standardized testing is growing, some educators worry that the new requirement will rob teachers of instructional time.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:47am
Minnesota’s public schools have fewer counselors per student than all but two other states. A state senator is working on a bill that would have the state pay for half the cost of additional counselors when school districts pay for the other half.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:49am
Opponents of standardized testing who consider noncompliance have found an ally in an Oregon state representative who has sponsored legislation that would give Oregonians the "unrestricted right" to yank their children from statewide assessments. It would also require schools to notify parents of this right prior to testing.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:33am
As long as accountability measures are fully controlled by government institutions, the accountability will be lacking. Public officials will always be more tolerant of the systemic failure of schools than the public itself because, with rare exceptions, their children aren’t the ones being failed. Real accountability is rooted in choice.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:46pm
When children are matched with schools that reflect their interests, talents, skills and needs, they feel more comfortable, more motivated and more inspired to learn.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:37pm
School finance formulas include additional state and federal funding for poor kids. But those agreements were struck when lower-income kids were in the minority. What happens as low-income children become the majority nationally? Education practices, policies and financing must adjust to growing numbers of needy families and children.