The chairman of the D.C. Council’s Education Committee is using private donations to hire an outside law firm to help him craft a package of school-related legislation that would aim to lift student achievement and address points of friction between the city’s traditional and charter schools.Read full article >>
Heads up, high schools: Your graduates may not be as ready for college as you think they are.
New survey results from the ACT assessment organization, made public Wednesday, show a disconnect on the crucial question of college readiness. Eighty-nine percent of high school teachers surveyed said students who finished their classes were well or very well prepared for college work in those subjects.Read full article >>
Nearly six months after the presidential election, the Education Department is still riddled with "acting" officials, and Secretary Arne Duncan is losing some of his key aides.
Deputy Secretary Tony Miller is departing within the next month, according to Acting Press Secretary Daren Briscoe, and Assistant Secretary Carmel Martin, who ran the office of planning, evaluation and policy development, is gone as of this week.Read full article >>
A 13-year-old eighth grader in upstate New York woke up on Sunday and decided that it would be funny if she designed a standardized test that made fun of standardized tests. (See below) After all, Sophia Stevens was getting ready to take one of the state's new Common Core-aligned standardized tests on Tuesday, so the subject was on her mind.
You can't have a conversation about education reform these days without, at some point, hearing the words "personalization" and "engagement." What do they really mean? Here to explain is George Wood, superintendent and secondary school principal at the Federal Hocking Local School District in Stewart, Ohio. He is also the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy and chair of the board for the Coalition of Essential Schools. This appeared on the forum's blog.
Teachers in Florida filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, claiming the state’s new teacher evaluation system is unfair because it partly rates their job performance on test scores of students they don’t know and subjects they don’t teach.Read full article >>
The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q's About the News | Explosions Kill Two and Injure Dozens at Boston Marathon
(Update: BU identifies student killed at marathon)
Boston University officials have identified one of the three people killed in Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon as a graduate student from China attending the school. Another BU grad student was injured and remained at a Boston hospital.Read full article >>