Wyoming State Board of Education members on Tuesday recommended to the legislature's Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability to push back the deadline two years to enact a series of education reforms. Board members told lawmakers that local school districts and the state do not have the funds to ensure the reform measures -- such as new assessments and teacher evaluations -- are in place by the 2013-14 school year as required under the current plan and suggested a 2015-16 deadline instead.
The Georgia State Board of Education declined to act on a funding request from the Georgia Cyber Academy -- and suggested the school's charter could be in jeopardy -- over its failure to improve the assessment and teaching of a growing number of students with special needs. The school says it has been working to increase its staffing to support students with special needs, whose enrollment has grown from 600 to 1,100 during the past two years, but board members said the school is still falling short. "They have been given second chance after second chance," board member Brian Burdette said.
Thirty-two states and Washington, D.C., have policies in place to help third-graders become more proficient readers before promotion, according to the Education Commission of the States. This article offers details on what lawmakers have adopted in 2011 and 2012 for third-grade readers in nine states. Most states are looking to test third-graders and offer a mix of interventions -- including extra reading instruction, after-school programs and summer tutoring -- before retaining students.
While education leaders are focused on ensuring that students graduate from high school "college- and career-ready," officials in Kansas say the term has yet to be formally defined. Now, the state's Board of Education is considering a standard definition to guide educational decision-making that will be voted on next month. Board members on Tuesday discussed potential definitions that could include ensuring students are ready for college without remediation and are ready for the workforce with industry certifications.
As the three top textbook publishers -- Pearson, McGraw-Hill and HMH -- move slowly into the iPad textbook market, several questions remain about growth in the sector. Teachers using digital textbooks on iPads say they and their students are enthusiastic. Some, however, question whether the size of the textbooks is too large for iPads and whether they take up too much bandwidth. Some also question whether the digital textbooks' reliance on streaming could be an issue during an outage.