The National Assessment of Educational Progress is changing the way it characterizes basic, proficient and advanced achievement to make it clear that these ratings refer to its assessment and not to grade-level work in general. The changes, approved Saturday, follow years of concern that NAEP standards for proficiency were too high.
A school district in Iowa is partnering with local businesses to help minimize the "homework gap." More than a dozen local businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops and bookstores, are letting students use their Wi-Fi for free.
A California school district updated its technology in 2014 to support online assessments, writes Jim Wasielewski, the district's technology coordinator. In this blog post, he shares several ways to help other districts adopt one-to-one technology and transition to online testing.
In more than 70% of US cities, neighborhoods grew less racially segregated between 1990 and 2015, but 62% of cities experienced an increase in school segregation during the same time frame, according to an analysis by Ryan Coughlan, a professor at Guttman Community College in New York City. Coughlan suggests that the end of legal desegregation orders and an uptick in school choice may be contributing factors.
About 2,500 students from middle school through graduate school participate in summer programs and get scholarships to learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. Michael Bourdukofsky, a civil engineer and chief operating officer of ANSEP, says the program helps students combat stereotypes about native culture.
Integrating art and design in science, technology, engineering and math lessons improves learning for elementary-school students, asserts STEAM instructor Rebecca Bersani. In this commentary, she writes that STEAM integrates problem-solving and hands-on learning and helps students develop more confidence.
More than 100 students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn, N.Y., left campus this month to protest the Summit Learning digital platform used by their school and supported by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The students sent a letter to Zuckerberg outlining issues with the platform, including the collection of their personal data without permission.
A proposed rule released last week by the US Education Department concerning how colleges and universities deal with complaints of campus sexual misconduct and assault is being criticized by advocacy groups and lawmakers. Former Vice President Joe Biden, in a tweet, said the proposed rule, which includes a stricter definition of sexual harassment and allow an accuser to be questioned, will "discourage" reports and investigations.
Teachers should let their values and their mission guide the roughly 1,500 decisions they make daily, writes National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post, Platt shares her decision-making process, including how she developed a list of core values that best represent her.
Eighth-grade math teachers at a Kentucky middle school have started a YouTube channel to provide videos that show student viewers several ways to work out math problems. The teachers say they already are seeing students more engaged and performing better in class thanks to the videos.
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