ICYMI: Most read by educators

Do AP courses boost outcomes for students?

Students who score a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams perform better in college, according to an analysis from Suneal Kolluri of the University of Southern California. However, Kolluri said further research is needed to determine how AP classes factor into students' success.

Full Story: Chalkbeat

Interview: Family engagement key to improvement

Research supports the important role that family engagement can have on student outcomes, according to Karen Mapp, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this interview, Mapp shares some best practices for family engagement, including an intentional focus on building relationships and an environment of collaboration.

Full Story: The 74

Study: 11 states have adequate reading tests for teachers

Elementary-school and special education teachers in only 11 states are required to take a reading-focused exam to earn a teaching license or credential, according to a study by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Standards in the other 39 states were found to be inadequate.

Full Story: U.S. News & World Report

Experts weigh in on the future of homework

Many experts in education circles are questioning the usefulness of homework, including former principal James Gray, who eliminated homework in his Chicago elementary school during his tenure. However, Duke University psychology professor Harris Cooper says homework helps students develop good study skills and should be maintained in some form.

Full Story: Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

School credits personalized learning for gains

One year after a San Diego high school adopted a personalized learning approach, officials report higher attendance and a slight uptick in academic achievement. Under the model, the freshman class is divided into six "houses," which allowed teachers to work more closely with students.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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