Washington state is on the right side of implementing the new Smarter Balanced Assessments standard. Expecting students to attain a certain level of proficiency in math and the English language is in everyone's best interests. But the perspective of teachers on the amount of time and effort that testing demands in the classroom is worth considering.
Let's Conquer ELA, an adaptive, mastery-based learning tool, allows teachers to assess students' mastery of third- through eighth-grade ELA concepts, from spelling to parts of speech to textual analysis.
School bus cameras will be used to identify students causing damage to the seats of buses used by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system. If parents don’t want to pay for the repairs, students can possibly face suspension from the bus.
District 112 Superintendent Jim Bauck will be retiring next summer. He has led the district since 2010.
NaviGate Prepared stores important school safety plans and associated information, such as call lists, personnel photos, building maps, detailed floor plans and more, in a secure cloud environment. It will offer the Connecticut school district's authorized users and first responders real-time access to this information.
Houston ISD's school board hired the San Francisco superintendent for the top job, where he will immediately face daunting academic and financial challenges as he begins leading the nation's seventh-largest school district just days after the state placed 40 campuses, or 15 percent of its schools, on its low-performing list.
Hiring the permanent substitutes could also help in the future, creating a pipeline of prospective teachers who will be that much further ahead when hired to fill a teaching position. These substitutes will be mentored by certified teachers, have the opportunity to lead after-school activities.
Irked by the potential $240 million tax break deal to lure a company to a town, a Utah lawmaker said he plans to propose a new law that would place limitations on school district tax incentive participation.
Follett’s new Destiny 14.0 release now supports IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) capability, providing seamless, single sign-on integration to resources available in Destiny Discover via districts’ learning applications.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to approve a $1,000 tax deduction in the new state budget to help families cover textbook costs and other education-related expenses.
The concept of year-round school disrupts the familiar thinking of education. Nine months of reading, writing and arithmetic give way to three months of recess in the summer sun, or so says the calendar. Is this a tired, broken formula that restrains student success? Would year-round school, with multiple, shorter breaks improve performance?
Schools that are providing a robust support structure are investing in front-end resources to improve school culture and building relationships with students while training teachers in alternative behavior management techniques and replacement discipline strategies. They are also establishing strict guidelines for the use of discretionary punitive school removals.
Members of the state Board of Education face a thorny decision: How many public schools and districts should get A grades and how many should get F grades under Mississippi's rating system? It's a high-stakes decision for schools and districts that will get F grades, because after two years of failing marks, the state could take them over.
The Virginia district is looking at making some major changes and investing millions over the next few years to accommodate a growing student population, including a new elementary school.
Faced with declining enrollment and a growing challenge from independent charter schools, the LAUSD opened the academic year highlighting one balm for its problems: 16 new magnet schools.