A new study from the University of Kansas suggests state education officials are relying too heavily on testing data to evaluate schools while discounting teacher input. State officials say they are seeking a balance of the two after the Every Student Succeeds Act also put less emphasis on test scores.
A new survey of higher-education IT officers found that just over 30% say their institution's president and CFOs are "very engaged" in digital learning and transformation. Budget cuts and lagging IT salaries were cited by many surveyed as top challenges they face in recruiting and retaining staff, according to data from the Campus Computing Project survey.
Tech-savvy teens have figured out how to disable parental controls on some Apple devices -- and are sharing their techniques with others online. While adults have appealed to the company to tighten security, Apple said in a statement that it is working to close loopholes that teens are exploiting but gave no timeline for any fixes.
Todd Finn, the new school superintendent in Lewiston, Maine, says he will use data, and positive messaging, to turn around the district's schools and renew their focus on academics and reducing absenteeism. Finn says his strategy is one of nourishment: "Feed their hopes, dreams, and imagination."
School districts in New Mexico, California and other states are using recruitment services to find and hire teachers from overseas, especially from the Philippines, to combat teacher shortages. The services help candidates through the maze of visas and other requirements and coordinate with schools who want to hire them.
The Colorado State Board of Education last week approved a new school rating system under which fewer schools are expected to receive top ratings because of higher cutoff scores. Board members who supported the change say higher standards will lead to higher performance but others say the new system is confusing.
Students at Oakdale Middle School in Rogers, Ark., heard from Arkansas Department of Health nurse Kelli Butcher this week about the dangers of vaping even though few of them have tried it yet. School and public health officials say it's important to intervene early to prevent students from taking up the addictive and dangerous habit -- about 15% of patients diagnosed with vaping-related illnesses are minors.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund sent a letter to lawmakers Monday calling on the Senate to pass the FUTURE Act, which would extend $255 million in funds for STEM education at historically black colleges and universities. The funding expired on Sept. 30, and the group says HBCUs are notifying employees that positions and programs may be terminated next year if the funding is not reauthorized.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students at one West Virginia school recently worked together to solve math problems to escape a mock pumpkin patch. The exercise provided hands-on math experience that their teacher hopes will make math fun.
In this interview, Jesse Turner, a new middle-school principal in Charlottesville, Va., says he is hoping to provide positive black role models for students who are struggling. "Leadership here has to continue and look for ways to embrace the children and to promote what they're passionate about on a daily basis," he says.
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