ICYMI: Most read by educators

NAEP data reveal reading, math performance trends

The National Center for Education Statistics has released data for the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also called the Nation's Report Card. Data show mostly status quo scores in math and reading, with the exception of a gap between the highest- and lowest-performing students.

Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model), U.S. News & World Report, The Hechinger Report

Ideas for designing PBL with purpose

Educators in two school districts -- one in Virginia and one in Illinois -- report a spike in engagement and deeper learning following a shift to a more purposeful approach to project-based learning. In both cases, the shift involved authentic, student-driven learning.

Full Story: T.H.E. Journal

How are schools addressing student anxiety?

Data show rising levels of anxiety among school-age children. School leaders are taking steps, such as adopting social and emotional practices and offering more training for staff members, to help address this trend.

Full Story: District Administration magazine online

Groups begin work on NGSS assessments

It's estimated that 18 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, but only about half have developed assessments aligned to the standards. Two groups -- the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Next Generation Science Assessment -- are working to develop such tests.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

How one educator teaches presentation skills

Students in one high school's English classes use a low-stakes, impromptu speech activity to help build presentation skills. In this blog post, their teacher, Jori Krulder, explains the process, including modifications for students who may be introverts.

Full Story: Edutopia online

Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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