A Michigan high school is searching for 40 local business and organization professionals to help assess senior students' exit portfolios. Students present a portfolio on a career pathway and must include a resume and multimedia report for assessment.
Louisiana students who attend a school without an advanced math course may have more flexibility in taking that class at another high school, under a program known as Course Choice. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will consider state Superintendent John White's proposal to take about $2 million from another program to fund Course Choice as a pilot. Meanwhile, about 450 students have registered for courses, most seeking algebra I and AP classes that are unavailable at their schools.
Education leaders from districts in Florida are expected today to ask the state's board of education to reconsider the changes to how schools are evaluated. Under the new system, which is expected to lower schools' letter grades, assessments will be based on higher benchmarks, new exams and will include scores from English-language learners and students in special-education programs.
The recent bullying of a school-bus monitor, which has since gone viral, has put the issue of student bullying of teachers and administrators in the spotlight. While there is no data available on how often students harass educators and school personnel, anecdotal evidence shows how such bullying behavior has been taken to the next level by the Internet. "We need to redefine and expand our definitions of bullying, particularly techno-spread bullying devoid of personal accountability and disseminated under the guise of free speech," said Sarah Phelps, a teacher in Florida who was bullied via Facebook.
Several new smartphone applications are intended to help stop school bullying, including Stop Bullies that allows students to report incidents of bullying anonymously by sending photos, messages and other information to school administrators. Another app, Back Off Bully (BOB), was created by students and offers similar features, along with resources on bullying and a function that allows students to schedule counseling appointments.