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The 2013 NAEP results—to some, “the nation’s report card”— came out earlier this month. These state-by-state test scores signal good news: student performance nationally and in most states continues to improve on balance, if only slightly. The District of the Columbia’s trend line is particularly heartening. Along with Tennessee, D.C. Public Schools made the largest student performance gains inContinue Reading »
Big money. Frank H. McCourt Jr., the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers is donating $100 million to Georgetown University to found a school of public policy in his name. The donation is the largest the university has ever received and among the largest in the Washington, D.C. area. (The Washington Post)
Turning it around. Ossining High School in New York has made significantly progrContinue Reading »
The Wall Street Journal last week ran an op-ed by Professor Paul Peterson of Harvard University reporting that the academic achievement of African-American students has progressed little if any in recent years, an outcome he attributes to lax federal education policy. The study attracted much attention in Washington, where the major federal education policy, the Elementary and Secondary EducatiContinue Reading »
Unequal education. Students like 13-year-old Erick Araujo who struggle most in school—frequently failing multiple courses at once—are often among the last who should be taken out of the classroom and put on self-study regimes. But in Kern County, Calif., more than 320 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders who have been expelled from traditional public school programs and enrolled in “community sContinue Reading »
Our students deserve a high quality education regardless of where they live. Currently, they are not getting their due. Each state has been marching to the beat of its own drummer when it comes to setting proficiency standards.
It’s not working.
A recent Education Next study by Paul Peterson and Peter Kaplan examines the lack of common state Continue Reading »
The latest news from the National Assessment of Educational Progress is mildly reassuring. After nearly 45 years of systematically testing 9-year-olds, 13-year-olds, and 17-year-olds we achieved a modicum of success in raising the test scores of students at ages 9 and 13, but not at 17.
Not exactly a huge headline, but not ho-hum either. Any improvement in closing the achievement gap Continue Reading »
Food for thought. Starting in fall 2014, junk food will no longer be sold during the school day. Students will be able to choose from healthy snack options in vending machines, but this is the end of the pre-pre-algebra candy bar fix. (USA Today)
A traveling education. Ka Pa’alana Traveling Preschool in Kapolei, Hawaii, graduated 4-and 5-year-old preschoolers yesterday. The amazingContinue Reading »
The Nation’s Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012 was released yesterday and presented in a webinar hosted by the National Assessment Governing Board. While the study finds some promising trends in student achievement, there is still work to be done.
The long term National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is given every four years to students aContinue Reading »
In an Education Sector report released today—The New State Achievement Gap: How Waivers Could Make It Worse-Or Better—Constance Clark and I report the effects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on education inequality, the ill that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was long ago written to cure. ESEA was conceived, we should remember, as a way for the federal government to help stateContinue Reading »
North Dakota withdrew its request for an ESEA waiver on Monday after months of working with the federal Department of Education on its plan.* According to North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, the disagreement boiled down to how the state should set performance targets for its schools, commonly called Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). North Dakota wanted to set lContinue Reading »