The National Center for Education Statistics has released data for the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also called the Nation's Report Card. Data show mostly status quo scores in math and reading, with the exception of a gap between the highest- and lowest-performing students.
Educators in two school districts -- one in Virginia and one in Illinois -- report a spike in engagement and deeper learning following a shift to a more purposeful approach to project-based learning. In both cases, the shift involved authentic, student-driven learning.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal
Data show rising levels of anxiety among school-age children. School leaders are taking steps, such as adopting social and emotional practices and offering more training for staff members, to help address this trend.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online
It's estimated that 18 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, but only about half have developed assessments aligned to the standards. Two groups -- the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Next Generation Science Assessment -- are working to develop such tests.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)
Students in one high school's English classes use a low-stakes, impromptu speech activity to help build presentation skills. In this blog post, their teacher, Jori Krulder, explains the process, including modifications for students who may be introverts.
Full Story: Edutopia online
Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.
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