Monthly Archives: June 2016

Can we really give a high school a “fair” grade if only 5% of students are ready for college?

Many New York City parents are familiar with the “renewal school” program which, according to the Department of Education, represents a “call to action” to fix the city’s 94 lowest-performing schools by supplementing them with extra support services and about half a billion dollars. Less well known to families is that a sprawling list of schools, many not on the… Read more →

First World Problems at Field Day: Protecting our students from popcorn and popsicles

Sometimes it feels as though schools have lost their proverbial minds and all it takes is a strict (or insane) adherence to a “health and wellness policy” to make the case that indeed they have. But first, let’s get one thing out of the way. We all can agree that health and wellness are both noble goals. Everyone wants to… Read more →

Pure Math vs Applied Math? Int’l study finds significant rich-poor divide on math instruction

The organization that often delivers the dispiriting news about our nation’s lagging performance on international exams now reveals another concern: Rich kids and poor kids are taught math in different ways—and that difference is driving down proficiency among low-income students. A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that applied-math instruction, or the way it is actually taught… Read more →

Is your Common Core opposition driven by selfishness or cluelessness?

If you selected 20 parent friends from across the country with diverse backgrounds, children of all ages and diverse educational levels and careers and asked them what—if anything—they knew about Common Core State Standards (CCSS), what would happen? That’s exactly what I did this week. My interest was piqued not only because I’ve noticed – who hasn’t?—that Common Core continues… Read more →

Study outlines four ways to improve online credit recovery in rural schools

Education Week, 6-22-2016

Rural schools are increasingly relying on online courses to expand education opportunity for students, especially in the midst of budget cuts and teacher shortages. For many of these schools, online credit recovery can free up staff members, expand course offerings, and provide more opportunities for students to earn credits needed to graduate.

A new report published by the Institute of Education Sciences and written by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest examined successful credit recovery strategies in Montanato determine how schools, especially rural ones, can administer successful online credit-recovery programs. The report found that among schools in Montana that offer credit recovery through a statewide online system, those that had the highest passing rates had several strategies in common.

South Dakota wins its fight to keep Common Core and exam

South Dakota’s adoption of Common Core standards was not illegal, a Hughes County judge ruled last week.

Two South Dakota parents filed a suit against Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the state in November arguing that South Dakota’s involvement in an multi-state assessment group aligned with Common Core standards was illegal.

Last week, Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett ruled that the state had not violated any federal or state laws.

Do AP classes help in college? Yep, if you take the test, more so if you pass it

Advanced Placement enrollment has more than doubled over the past decade as more high schools open up classes to less-prepared students and try to boost participation by lower-income and minority students, writes Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio. However, taking an AP class doesn’t help students who don’t pass the exam, concludes Philip Sadler, director of the science education at Harvard’s Smithsonian… Read more →

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