School Poverty — More than Race — Affects Students’ College-Going, Study Finds

On October 15, 2013, in Higher Education, by Shannon Hillman

High-poverty schools sent significantly fewer graduates to college in 2012 than higher-income schools, regardless of the schools’ geographic location or racial makeup, according to a new study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Yet in the long-term, more students may be making it to college than previously realized. Find the accompany article and study here. […]

New Report out shows large variations in Teacher Evaluation between States.

On October 15, 2013, in Accountability, K-12, News & Events, by Shannon Hillman

A new report out from the Center of Public Education looks trends occurring in Teacher Evaluations between the states. Find the report here.

San Antonio’s new ambitious pre-school program

On October 10, 2013, in Early Education and Preschool, News & Events, by Shannon Hillman

Just weeks after the city of San Antonio launched its innovative, $248 million Pre-K 4 SA program for preschoolers from poor and working-class families, administrators have already made adjustments both large and small to improve the system. The program is the brainchild of Mayor Julian Castro who pushed through a sales tax hike to finance the […]

Science Standards Challenges Envisioned for Next-Generation Science Tests

On October 7, 2013, in Common Core, News & Events, STEM, by Shannon Hillman

Amidst growing fights over Common Core standards and tests for math and English, the common science standards have been quietly gaining steam. But some experts predict that measuring student progress under these standards may require even more testing innovation than the Common Core. So far, seven states have adopted the Next-Generation Science Standards. See an […]

Assessments/Common Core State Chiefs Set Criteria for ‘High-Quality’ Assessment.

On October 3, 2013, in Accountability, Common Core, K-12, News & Events, by Shannon Hillman

State superintendents are demanding that testmakers, including the two consortia building tests for the common standards, adhere to four principles to create “high-quality assessment.” A Council of Chief State School Officers report describes how assessment practice should ensure test accessibility and security, and create user-friendly reports that chart students’ progress and provide data that can […]

Recent Changes to Postsecondary Governance

On October 3, 2013, in Higher Education, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

Postsecondary Governance Recent Changes,  between 2011 and 2013, five states transformed their postsecondary governance systems: California, Connecticut, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington. California disbanded its coordinating board, while the other four states modified the scope and roles of their coordinating boards. This document provides a brief summary of the governance reforms and links to relevant […]

Four decades of failed school reform

On October 3, 2013, in Common Core, K-12, School Reform, STEM, by Shannon Hillman

From the Washington Post, author Patrick Welsh recounts his experiences with school reforms over the last forty years in his time as an English teacher. Article found here.

Renewing the Higher Education Act

On October 3, 2013, in College Tuition and Debt, Financing, Higher Education, by Shannon Hillman

From The Chronicle of Higher Education  comes the basics about the Higher Education Act and why we need to pay attention to its reauthorization. Find the article here.

Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

On October 3, 2013, in Accountability, Common Core, K-12, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

Without structural change in schools, the Common Core Standards are doomed. There is little doubt that the Common Core standards push schools, teachers and students to more inquiry-based, deeper understandings than many traditional standards. The Common Core model implies groups of students working together to examine concepts and problems. The teacher is less the “Sage […]

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