Thursday, October 23, 2014

The U.S. Dropout Rate is Falling Fast, But Hold the Champagne

October 23, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker On the heels of the good news about the U.S. graduation rate comes word from the U.S. Census Bureau that the high school dropout rate has fallen to a record low. In 2013, just 7 percent of 18-24 year olds dropped out of school, down considerably from 12 percent in 2000.  Although the [...]

Are Teachers Warming Up to the Common Core?

October 23, 2014 by twalker  
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In a new survey, teachers say they’re feeling more confident about using the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms—an optimistic finding that comes even as recent polls suggest dwindling public support for the initiative. Although enthusiasm for the Common Core declined to 68 percent from 73 percent last year, among teachers who have worked with the standards [...]

Scholars: What Matters Most for Successful Teaching is Collaboration, Not Competition

October 23, 2014 by twalker  
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Two researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that if students are to show real and sustained learning, schools must also foster what sociologists label “social capital” – the value embedded in relations among teachers, and between teachers and school administrators. “Social capital is the glue that holds a school together. It complements teacher skill, [...]

Master Teachers Discuss Pathways to Leadership – Inside and Outside the Classroom

October 22, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler Even as far back as the nineteenth century, policymakers overstepping their bounds in the debate over education were a problem. Renowned philosopher and educational psychologist William James, says David Berliner, sounded the alarm more than 150 years ago by proclaiming that lawmaking should not interfere with the art of teaching. “James warned [...]

These Are The States Where Kids Have The Best Opportunities In Education

October 22, 2014 by twalker  
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A new index released Monday from the nonprofit groups Opportunity Nation and Measure of America looks at the level of opportunity afforded to citizens around the country in the areas of education, jobs and local economy, community health and civic life. The index ranks the best areas for educational opportunity, based on on-time high school graduation rates, [...]

How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?

October 22, 2014 by twalker  
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Two years ago, two students formed Student Voice, a group that aspired to “revolutionize education through the voices and actions of students.” The group has grown in numbers and visibility, recently moving from grassroots effort to official nonprofit. Their now-popular #StuVoice Twitter chats have included education heavyweights, like U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Student Voice [...]

Linda Darling-Hammond: Time for the U.S. to Learn the Right Lessons from High-Performing Nations

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler According to many lawmakers, the barely average standing of U.S. students in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings is all the proof you need that our schools are failing. They have used the rankings to push ineffective and often destructive policies. But these so-called reformers are missing or ignoring key [...]

GOP Schooled on Education Politics

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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Republicans thought this would be the year to make education their winning issue. The plan was simple: Talk up the GOP’s support for school choice — including vouchers to help parents pay for private school — and win the hearts of moms everywhere.  It hasn’t worked out like that. Instead, in Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and [...]

More AP Courses Slated for Major Overhaul

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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Despite the recent fallout over new guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. History, the College Board is making similar changes to most science and history AP courses in an effort to emphasize critical thinking. The College Board is in the process of retooling many of its 36 courses to more align with what it sees as [...]

Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession

October 17, 2014 by twalker  
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States are providing less per-pupil funding for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did seven years ago — often far less. The reduced levels reflect primarily the lingering effects of the 2007-09 recession.  At a time when states and the nation need workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to the complexities [...]

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