One Colorado school district is considering pushing back its start times based on studies that show middle- and high-school students perform better when they've had more sleep. A task force is reviewing research and soliciting community feedback before presenting its recommendations to district leaders.
Twenty North Carolina middle-school students studied ecosystems and other environmental science topics during a recent science, technology, engineering and math camp at a local college. Students visited an aquarium and fossil museum and took part in hands-on lessons during the "Under the Sea" STEM Adventure Day Camp.
More high-school students are enrolling directly into college after graduation, but data from the US Department of Education show that more than 20% of full-time freshmen do not return to college for their second year. Students who are first in their families to attend college are the most likely to drop out.
President Donald Trump's administration has revoked the Obama administration's guidance on the use of affirmative action to promote more diversity in education. The new directive means that schools and colleges will not be encouraged to consider race in the admissions process.
A study of state education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Acts shows that most states are still using teacher evaluations and school-assessment plans they had in place before the 2015 law was enacted. The study found some new assessment strategies being implemented, including the use of multiple and alternative measurement tools.
Middle-school students in Chicago and other places around the country are learning to be savvy consumers and investors through a program offered by Foolproof, a nonprofit curriculum creator. The self-paced program shows students how to think critically about debt, advertising and other financial-literacy topics.
It may be time for some historically black colleges and universities to consider consolidation as they face declining enrollment and the threat of closure, writes Harry Williams, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. In this commentary, Williams says it "will take a collective effort" to find innovative ways save HBCUs.
One North Carolina middle school this fall will begin grading students on competency-based measurements such as "progressing," "meeting" or "exceeding" expectations, instead of A-F letter grades. Principal Elizabeth MacWilliams says using this system will provide more feedback for students and parents and shift the focus to learning.
Fifth-graders at two Massachusetts elementary schools spent two months working on an engineering project that culminated in a single challenge event involving both schools. Students designed machines with K'Nex blocks, created blueprints and then had to reassemble and use them during the challenge day.
College and university leaders can increase their visibility to local constituents by conducting a marketing survey to identify gaps in knowledge about the institution, writes Eric Sickler with The Thorburn Group. In this blog post, he outlines the benefits of a study of "pure" prospective stakeholders.