Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:59pm
Fundamentally, the call for opt-outs is a call for more parental freedom. It may well be that test-based accountability has run its course in public education. If so, the opt-out movement — ironically fueled by self-interested teachers unions — may be pointing us to what’s next: a lot more choice and unbundling of services in public education.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:36am
Whether the new Georgia Milestones testing formula will be an improvement remains to be seen, but area educators seem confident that it will be better. It will almost certainly be harder, and that reality is both the benefit and the challenge for a state long struggling to up its game in public schooling.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:19am
Testing that happens all at once toward the end of the school year offers teachers no real-time insight into their students’ English and math performance. As a result, teachers have no opportunity — as a result of the standardized test — to tailor their instruction during the academic year to ensure their students meet expectations.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:05am
Suspensions are not the root of the problem, rather they are often a symptom of poverty-induced trauma. Expanded school-based mental health services improve outcomes for students: attendance increases, students behavior and overall school climate improve and schools become better places to learn and teach.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 04/05/2015 - 11:05am
How a research team at the University of Michigan uses online role-playing to educate and engage the minds of Midwestern schoolchildren.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 04/05/2015 - 11:01am
A report released last month by New York University found that many of the proposals that advocates have suggested to help bolster black and Latino enrollment at top high schools wouldn't make much of a dent — indeed, the researchers found that they might do the opposite.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 04/05/2015 - 10:47am
As it stands now, charters do not have the legal and contractual protection needed to bring the promise of innovation to systems.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:18am
New legislation would expand the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act, which requires schools to provide a moment of silence. That 2007 act has been upheld in the courts because what the student reflects upon is the individual student’s choice. We need to strike a balance between religious neutrality and a student’s right to exercise their religion.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:10am
Vouchers, charter schools, new learning standards, new assessments or other reforms foisted upon school systems are not the solution. We should know by now that there is no singular solution but rather a matrix of solutions.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:06am
Trust is so basic to the function of public education that we don’t talk about it much. Atlanta’s educators demolished that trust — and in the process deprived some students of honest evaluations of how their educations were proceeding.