Timing and access to data about student performance on high-stakes tests vary by state, according to 45 state deputy superintendents of education in a survey issued by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University. Data show most of those surveyed provide test data during the summer after students take such tests.
Sixth-graders at a Pennsylvania school are learning about civics by acting out roles of congressional leaders, as well as writing and voting on bills. Teacher Eleanor Pigford said her students weren't understanding how a bill becomes law through a more traditional lesson, so she organized the exercises to allow them to experience the process.
Members of the Council of Chief State School Officers at a recent Aspen Institute gathering outlined how they're using their Every Student Succeeds Act plans to provide equitable educational opportunities to disadvantaged students. A new report from the group highlights how states are working to close achievement gaps and boost test scores.
To increase revenue, college and university leaders must implement a more flexible business model to make the best use of funds, real estate and other resources, writes former Bucknell University President Brian Mitchell. Leaders also must review admissions policies, governance, fundraising and other areas and identify new revenue streams, he asserts.
Integrating the experiences of African-Americans in history lessons throughout the year is a better approach than teaching a few isolated lessons in February, educator Jamilah Pitts writes in this commentary. Pitts also suggests incorporating lessons on slavery and social justice into these lessons.
High-school principal Ryan Maxwell says the best leaders are those who change policies that aren't working and give full support to staff and faculty. Maxwell, who was named Washington state's best high-school principal in 2016, says he believes all problems have solutions, but he tries to avoid quick fixes in favor of systemic change.
A Texas school district is starting to use the literacy software Achieve 3000 to use blended learning to help improve student achievement. The software offers articles written on a student's reading level to keep up with class discussions and has assessment tools to gauge students' progress.
The newly formed nonprofit Jefferson Education Exchange, supported by the University of Virginia, is inviting educators to provide written reviews of education-technology products. Educators will be paid to document and share how using such products worked in their own classrooms, says Bart Epstein, who will serve as the nonprofit's president.
More than half of 25 California school districts surveyed by the Learning Policy Institute report no change in their teacher shortages since last year, while a third say the situation has worsened. The state has implemented measures such as fast-tracking teacher education, but shortages still exist in math, special education and science, data show.
Indianapolis voters in May will be asked to decide on a referendum that would allocate just over $525.7 million over eight years for operations at the school district. The Indianapolis Public Schools' board of commissioners -- which originally had asked for more than $900 million -- says $48.7 million will be used for teacher compensation.
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