A study shows that pressuring schools to raise test scores under parts of the No Child Left Behind Act resulted in only modest student achievement gains in math and reading. The study shows that students with disabilities, English-language learners and those who began at the lowest performance levels benefited the most from NCLB.
National Board Certified Teacher Joy Kirr changed her practice to include Genius Hour passion projects to boost engagement by offering students choices in what they read and providing feedback on progress instead of grades. In this Q&A, Kirr describes how attending a professional-development event on design thinking sparked the shift and offers 10 core concepts for teachers seeking to change their own practice.
Only about a quarter of Illinois kindergartners enter school with the necessary academic as well as social and emotional skills to tackle the curriculum, according to data released by the state's board of education. The data come from results of the first use of a readiness test, sought by advocates who say the results highlight the need for high-quality child care for younger students.
Some US veterinary schools are working to increase the number of bilingual graduates to help ease language barriers between non-English-speaking dairy workers and veterinarians who speak mostly English. Some institutions are working to increase bilingualism, such as Kansas State University and Texas A&M University, which both offer Spanish-language courses for animal health care.
Member schools in the International Studies Schools Network in the US are using technology to collaborate on global issues such as pollution and opioid abuse. One educator in California is using online tools to help his fifth-grade students write stories with other students around the world.
Schools looking to blend project-based learning with a competency-based approach should rethink how they teach writes Caroline Messenger, director of curriculum at Naugatuck Public Schools in Connecticut. In this commentary, she writes that schools will have to change the curriculum and grading system.
School leaders can ensure that project-based learning is a success by being transparent about their own doubts and fear and showing students how to innovate, educator and principal Michael Niehoff writes in this commentary. He also suggests that leaders begin each school year with a design challenge for students.
Several Kentucky middle schools are trying to build positive values in students through the new "Anti-Virus" program. The pilot program will teach students about seven "protection shields" including ambition, responsibility, hard work, emotions, restraint, common sense and generosity.
Lawsuits have been filed in Michigan and California arguing that literacy is a constitutional right because other rights, such as voting, depend on it. The suits come after a federal judge in Michigan ruled this summer that states have no constitutional obligation to make sure children can read and write.
Oklahoma's pay raise for teachers has done little to improve the educator shortage for this school year, according to a survey by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Shawn Hime, the association's executive director, said the raise may have come too late for schools to leverage it for this year's hiring.
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