Pandemic-related waivers on mandated standardized tests have exacerbated decadeslong questions about the value of such assessments, and resulting options that don't clearly define and provide expected data points are adding another layer of confusion, researchers Paul Bruno and Dan Goldhaber say in this article. Charles Barone, vice president of K-12 policy at Democrats for Education Reform, suggests education leaders keep an eye on the promising, innovative assessment plan being piloted through the Every Student Succeeds Act.
In this article, Jason DeHart, assistant professor of reading education at Reich College of Education Appalachian State University, reflects on the experience of being a novice teacher and offers advice for newcomers to the profession. DeHart suggests that these teachers have a positive attitude, remain flexible and always work to improve their practice.
There are three ways that educators can help students affected by poverty and personal issues -- unstable housing, food insecurity, absent parents -- overcome these hurdles and change their academic trajectory, Khan Academy founder and CEO Sal Khan says. In a recent interview with SmartBrief, Khan talks about how mastery, learning autonomy and resources in the classroom can help these students achieve better outcomes and work toward a more successful future.
A South Carolina school district has hired a director of intercultural development to lead efforts to address issues including segregation, teacher diversity, curriculum and cultural understanding. The district's focus on cultural competency, or culturally responsive teaching, aims to close racial performance gaps and has included learning materials that reflect diversity among students as well as teacher training on implicit bias and racial equity.
A California bilingual public radio station airs a show in Spanish and K'iche' -- the latter for K'iche' Maya, an Indigenous group from Guatemala. Francisco Icala Tiriquiz, who last month started the Sunday evening program, says he hopes to connect with K'iche' Maya youths and encourage them to preserve the culture and traditions discussed on the show.
The ESSA Leadership Learning Community in Pennsylvania is encouraging investment of federal relief funds to recruit and retain more educators of color in the state. The move comes as advocates promote the benefits of having more teachers of color in the classroom.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's K-8 summer enrichment program builds on language arts and math skills while students work on STEM projects, such as creating spaghetti towers and making solar ovens. The students also spend a lot of time outside and the combination of activities increases students' learning confidence, according to second-grade teacher Gerri Allen.
A "universal mosaic curriculum" focusing on math and English language arts will debut in New York City's public schools in 2021-22 as part of the district's Academic Recovery Plan, according to Chancellor Meisha Porterto and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The curriculum aims to accelerate learning, offer social and emotional supports and provide curriculum for teachers.
English-language arts proficiency improved by 21% in three years after a Delaware elementary school adopted the Bookworms K-5 Reading and Writing curriculum, according to Principal Tamara Grimes Stewart. In this commentary, Stewart credits the improvement to the curriculum's focus on foundational skills.
A Massachusetts school district discovered the full cost of its one-to-one technology program was equal to extending the school day by 24 minutes, says the district's chief information and accountability officer, Paul Foster. Foster says the district increased its technology access during the coronavirus pandemic -- from 12,000 laptops to 25,000 -- and because students can take them home, the benefits outweigh a longer school day.