Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 10:25pm
Shouting won’t help thousands of kids learn. Constructive collaboration will.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:59am
Have America’s public schools gotten worse over the years? Americans seem to think so.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:26am
As the new school year ramps up, teachers and parents need to be reminded of a well-kept secret: Across all grade levels and academic subjects, girls earn higher grades than boys. Not just in the United States, but across the globe, in countries as far afield as Norway and Hong Kong.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:50pm
A new study published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly found that delaying middle school might help girls remain free of body image issues until at least slightly later in life. They studied three different populations: junior high (grades K-6 together in one school and 7-8 in another), middle school (grades K5 and 6-8) and extended middle school (K4 and 5-8).
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:01pm
The MCAS tests were never expected to be the last word in academic evaluation in Massachusetts. The Common Core and the PARCC tests are a reasonable attempt to take the state's standards and evaluation regime to the next level. Educators should give it a shot and make it work – while keeping a balanced perspective about the value and limitations of any standardized tests.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:43pm
This campaign season is consumed by the question of whether Gov. Tom Corbett actively cut school funding by $1 billion or passively allowed that amount in federal subsidies to expire without replacing it. Obscured by the debate are questions regarding school costs and governance, including pension reform, benefit costs and whether the state needs 500 public school districts.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:32am
While it might have been easy to ignore angry students and parents, the School Nutrition Association's survey results and the USDA’s own records clearly show the new federal lunch program has gone too far. It’s time for Congress to dial back parts of the act and find a more balanced approach to providing appealing, healthy meals to students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:23am
At least 60 percent of the state's districts have agreed to have their students take the proposed PARC. State citizens will make a decision next year when a vote on switching from MCAS to PARCC is made. Despite continued grumbling about the MCAS and the pressures this puts on students and schools, this may be one case where better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:04am
Taxpayers pay both the administrative costs in local schools for handling the paperwork overload and the interest on bonds from the uncertainty in reimbursement. If lawmakers can’t see clear to ease the property tax burden, the very least they could do is make it easier, and cheaper, for schools to deal with state requirements.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:44pm
There’s nothing wrong with demanding accountability and higher standards, but inconsistency in the tools used to measure them doesn’t do anyone any good. Nor does excessive delays in reporting the measures, especially in this era of electronic, digital, high-tech testing and analytics.