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K12 educators, lawmakers divided over graduation tests

Jessica Terrell
February, 2017
In the last two years, Multiple states, including California and Arizona, have dropped or suspended exit exams in high schools.

Efforts to implement new high school graduation exams in Ohio and New Jersey are faltering, as some educators grow more concerned about the number of students struggling to meet the strict requirements. 

Finnish-ing touches on education

Ray Bendici
February, 2017
LESS IS MORE IN SCHOOLS—Students at this high school in Jyvaskyla, Finland, spend only about 20 hours in class per week and get less homework than their American counterparts, yet consistently post higher scores on international PISA tests. (Photo: Kevin Oliver, CC BY-NC-ND)

In the latest round of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam, given to more than 500,000 15-year-olds in 72 nations, students in the U.S. once again scored in the middle of the pack—and below average in math—raising concerns and sending educators looking for answers.

Beyond K12: College, careers and kindergarten

Deborah Yaffe
February, 2017
CUSTOMIZED MORTAR BOARD—A kindergarten student, left, at Canyon View Elementary School in the Canyons School District creates and dons his very own paper academic cap, in preparation for graduation and college in 13 years, at the Kindergarten College-Ready Day last year. He had help from a Brighton High School student, right, who serves as a role model, preparing to end high school and enter post-secondary education.

On the first Friday of every school year, the new kindergartners of Utah’s Canyons School District look ahead to the future—far ahead. To mark Kindergarten College-Ready Day, the children make construction-paper mortar boards and march in mock graduation ceremonies.

Schools adding new assessment strategies

Angela Pascopella
January, 2017
District plan to try new assessment techniques in 2017.

District leaders in 2017 will focus heavily on adopting new assessment strategies and instructional technology when it comes to classroom instruction, according to a DA survey of K12 leaders.

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