Parents, here’s a question: What is NAEP? If you said, “the nation’s report card," that counts as a correct answer even though the initials don't match "National Assessment of Educational Progress." Results for the 2013 assessment came out this past week and remarkably they support both poles of education reform. So, everyone can keep arguing.
Carol Dweck's research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can't change.
The group of university professors, who come from a variety of academic disciplines, say it's a mistake for so many Catholic schools to embrace the common standards for English/language arts and mathematics.
In my own experience with the education system, I have seen the consequences of relying on high-stakes exams. My son, Jake, was sick on the day in seventh grade when he was to take the reading portion of the FCAT, and we didn't think it was possible to take it another day. As a result, he did poorly on the test, despite having earned As and Bs in language arts classes in the gifted student program in school. Certainly, Jake's performance wasn't his teachers' fault. It was a one-shot chance for him on that day and as a result of the lower score, we discovered the next school year that the state legislature had passed a law requiring, with no exceptions, every student with a below-average FCAT score to take a remedial reading class. Jake clearly did not need remedial reading...
Parent Cortical Mass's insight:
Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep Schultz has a new book out, "For the Next Generation." This is an excerpt
Education Secretary Arne Duncan realized fairly quickly that he had stumbled.
He had just told a gathering of state superintendents of education that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against the Common Core academic standards — new guidelines for math and language arts instruction — because their kids had done poorly on the tough new tests.
Melinda Gates, one of the most influential women in American education, said this week she gives the U.S. public school system a C-plus, but adds there are spots of improvement that give her optimism for the future.
This week marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, and, depend on it, there’s an app for that! Even though Mayor Bloomberg was not on the ballot in this week's elections, his brand of education reforms came before citizens throughout the nation in state initiatives and local school board races. Joy Resmovits reports on how his style of free market policies fared.
The Common Core State Standards are taking so many hits these days that some might wonder why so many people think they should play an important role in American education. In our competitive, fast-changing global economy, if students don't have higher-order capabilities like critical thinking and problem solving, mastery of essential knowledge, and the skill and will to persist, they will be left behind. That's what the Common Core is about.
We hear a lot about how children from low-income families often enter school with a “word gap,” meaning they have heard and know fewer words than their more affluent peers, a reality that puts them at a disadvantage from the very beginning of their...