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Leading Success: Dynamic Solutions for Every School, Each Student

Leading Success: Dynamic Solutions for Every School, Each Student | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Our toolkit for educators includes videos, case studies and more that lead you to a forum for equity, personalization, smart data, collaboration and continuous improvement...
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Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep? | dailyRx

Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep? | dailyRx | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Not getting enough sleep can have serious effects on physical and mental health. This is particularly true for teens...
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2 Student Beliefs That Relate to High Engagement and Achievement

2 Student Beliefs That Relate to High Engagement and Achievement | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
2 Student Beliefs That Can Change Everything

by Grant Wiggins


A recent Gallup Poll revealed that "among the 600,000 students who took the poll in 2013, those who strongly agreed with two simple statements were 30 times as likely as those who strongly disagreed with both to be emotionally engaged at school. Those two statements were:

1. My school is committed to building the strengths of each student.

2. I have at least one teacher who makes me excited about the future."

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Key points for school leaders:

  • Student engagement correlates highly with achievement!
  • A one-percentage-point increase in a school’s student engagement was associated with a six-point increase in reading achievement and an eight-point increase in math achievement scores.
  • Schools in which students were in the top quartile of average engagement results were 50% more likely to be above average in statewide reading achievement scores than schools in which students were in the bottom quartile of Gallup’s engagement database.
  • "The more you can do your work and gain helpful feedback on your work the more engaged you will be."
  • "“Motivation is at its highest when students are competent, have sufficient autonomy, set worthwhile goals, get feedback, and are affirmed by others." - John Hattie, Visible Learning
  • "eight in 10 students who strongly agree that their school is committed to building the strengths of each student are engaged in school."
  • "the only hope for significant advancement of engagement and thus performance is to spend each day in a joyful, focused, and collaborative school."
The Bottom Line
"there are fundamental strategies schools can focus on to dramatically raise the likelihood that students will be emotionally engaged in the classroom on any given day."

Wiggins asks, "Instructional leaders, do you get this? Or is a lack of imagination and leadership causing you to passively accept a culture of impersonal “coverage” and test-prep paranoia instead of a culture devoted to engaged learning at worthy and personalized work?
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New figures show proportion of people with degrees is up - Hechinger Report

The proportion of Americans with college and university degrees continues to rise slowly.


But other countries continue to outdo the United States in educational attainment, the report, by the Lumina Foundation, shows. 


The United States still ranks 11th in postsecondary attainment among its global competitors, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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  • 39.4 percent of Americans aged 25 to 64 have a postsecondary degree, which includes completion from both two- and four-year schools.
  • The proportion of adults aged 25 to 34 with college and university degrees is now almost 41 percent.
  • The Lumina Foundation is pushing for 60 percent of Americans to have postsecondary credentials by 2025. That represents a 50% increase over current figures.
  • Racial DivideFewer than 20 percent of Hispanics have degrees, just under 28 percent of blacks, about 44 percent of whites, and more than 59 percent of Asians.
  • Economic DivideMore than 80 percent of students in the top third of the income scale go to college, compared to less than 54 percent in the bottom third.
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Armed school employees permitted

Texas school districts that designate employees to carry handguns do not violate state laws banning concealed firearms at sporting events or during school board meetings, Attorney General Greg Abbott said in an opinion released Friday.
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This plan is designed to help small rural school systems!


"Known as a guardian plan, the safety measure provides armed protection for smaller, rural school districts that cannot afford to create a police force, hire resource officers or contract with local police departments for part-time help."

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Race, Teacher Evaluation and Algebra

"Black students had reduced odds of being placed in algebra by the time they entered 8th grade even after controlling for performance in mathematics."


An important implication of this study is that placement recommendations must be monitored to ensure that high-achieving students are placed appropriately, regardless of racial background.

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High school career academies prepare students for jobs

High school career academies prepare students for jobs | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Schools across the region offer classes in various disciplines: health care, finance, media, public safety.
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15 Years After Columbine: Zero Tolerance "no effect" on school shootings! - Bill Bond @NASSP

15 Years After Columbine: Zero Tolerance "no effect" on school shootings! - Bill Bond @NASSP | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.
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Half of Pa. public schools fail to meet state's expectations, new study says

A new analysis from the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia finds 49 percent of Pennsylvania public schools fail to meet the state s overall proficiency expectations.

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PA simultaneously raised the bar of expectations from high school graduation to college and career readiness, dramatically increased the rigor of assessments and cut funding while fostering an environment of indecision and confusion for scools and principals.


Now it is time to blame the schools for lower proficiency rates!

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At turnarounds, a revolving door for most teachers

At turnarounds, a revolving door for most teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

At 16 of the 17 schools that underwent a turnaround between 2007 and 2011, more than half of teachers hired in the first year of the turnaround left by the third year. In the 10 schools that were turned around last year, a third of the faculty left by the start of the current school year.

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56% of teachers polled are "not engaged."

56% of teachers polled are "not engaged." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The study found that 56% of teachers polled are "not engaged." They may be satisfied with their jobs, but they are not emotionally connected to their schools. Another 13% are "actively disengaged.
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IQ Tests and the SAT Measure Something Real and Consequential

IQ Tests and the SAT Measure Something Real and Consequential | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving...
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National Board Votes to End Principal-Certification: Turnover Undermines Validity

National Board Votes to End Principal-Certification: Turnover Undermines Validity | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"...too few principals had endured through field and pilot testing phases to generate a large enough sample to ensure that the scoring of participants would be valid and reliable, Mr. Thorpe said.

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U.S. News Releases 2014 Best High Schools Rankings - US News

U.S. News Releases 2014 Best High Schools Rankings - US News | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas extended its reign as the nation’s
top public high school.
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Ten trends from the top high schools

Ten trends from the top high schools | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Low-income children can beat rich children. Public and private schools often have similar results.


1. It is not true that schools full of low-income kids are always at a disadvantage in school rankings.

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"No correlation between the homework time and math scores."

"No correlation between the homework time and math scores." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A preliminary analysis suggests that U.S. parents help more with 4th grade homework even though their children get less of it.


"A study led Sakiko Ikoma of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, drew upon newly available data from the 2011 TIMSS, which included 608,641 students and 49,429 teachers in 63 countries."

Mel Riddile's insight:

Key Points for School Leaders:

  • more affluent parents were slightly more likely to help their children with homework
  • no correlation between teachers' years of experience and the amount of homework they assigned
  • "no correlation between the homework time and math scores
  • "In the United States, 4th grade teachers who participated in the study reported that they assigned an average of 19 minutes of math homework per night. By contrast, grade 4 teachers in other countries typically assigned 25 minutes of math homework per night."
  • 79 percent of U.S. 4th graders said their parents made sure that they set aside time for homework on a daily basis as compared to 70 percent of students worldwide. It is unclear why this was the case.


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The Texas Ten Percent Plan’s Impact on College Enrollment

The Texas Ten Percent Plan’s Impact on College Enrollment | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Students go to public universities instead of private ones
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Cleveland’s New Early College High School Grants Diplomas And Associates Degrees

Cleveland’s New Early College High School Grants Diplomas And Associates Degrees | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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As the cost of higher education continues to rise, more students are looking for ways to earn a college degree at a lower price.

Over the past decade, several early college programs have cropped up in Ohio
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Will prosecuting parents help solve Philly's problem with chronically truant students?

Will prosecuting parents help solve Philly's problem with chronically truant students? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
What s the No 1 thing that people who are arrested in Philadelphia have in common? According to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams it s that  they did not complete high school In an
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Is holding parents accountable a solution to truancy, or does it uncover a larger issue.

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"The entrenchment of a two-tiered system" in an affluent school district

"The entrenchment of a two-tiered system" in an affluent school district | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Montgomery County has been ‘treading water’ as education suffers.


"a system geographically divided between highly ranked schools serving affluent, mainly white and Asian students and those where poor and mainly minority students struggle should serve as a wake-up call for renewed action." - Washington Post

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Will The New SAT Be A) Shorter B) Harder C) Less Literary D) All Of The Above?

Will The New SAT Be A) Shorter B) Harder C) Less Literary D) All Of The Above? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The College Board on Wednesday released blueprints for a redesigned SAT test, giving an early first look at what's in store for many students with college aspirations. Among the changes: Multiple choice questions will have four possible answer choice...
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Report: High-Achieving Minorities Drop Off in High School

Report: High-Achieving Minorities Drop Off in High School | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new report from The Education Trust notes that high-achieving minorities and economically disadvantaged students suffer upon reaching high school.
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The Secret To Pixar's Success: Failure

The Secret To Pixar's Success: Failure | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull discusses his new book, Creativity Inc. , and says reframing the concept of failure is the only sure way to find success.
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Practice Retrieval and the Testing Effect: Should the quiz match the test? Assessment for Learning

Practice Retrieval and the Testing Effect: Should the quiz match the test? Assessment for Learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Instructional leaders need to differentiate between "assessment of learning" and "assessment for learning."


Assessment of learning helps us decide 'do students know it?'


Assessment for learning informs future instruction, focuses review, and targets remediation efforts.


Testing (assessment) for learning works and improves long-term retention of knowledge.


This study reveals that the format of the quiz need not match the format of the test.

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Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words

Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The College Board plans to release many details of its revised test on Wednesday, including sample questions and explanations of the research and goals behind them.
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The Opt-Out Outrage: Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal?

The Opt-Out Outrage: Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

By Chester E. Finn

Education Next

April 14, 2014


"The opt-out-of-state-testing movement has notched more wins lately. “Thousands,” we read, are refusing to take the tests in New York alone. And tons more interest and attention are being devoted to this topic in states and communities far and wide."


Key points on opting-out:


"In the months ahead, states will have to clarify what is and isn’t required and how test participation is to be enforced."


"...when they (parents) expect the state to educate their children at public expense, the public has a right to know whether those children are learning anything."


"Our schools need to become more effective and our children need to learn more. Test results advance the public interest."


"Better tests are coming, but that doesn’t excuse “opting out” now. It’s not a legitimate form of civil disobedience. And it’s probably not legal, either."


"If you really find state tests odious, put your money and time where your mouth is—and stop asking taxpayers to educate your children."

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The opt-out movement is unnecessarily placing building principals in the middle of a conflict between parents and the state. States must clarify exactly what is and what is not required and make it easy for local school boards and district leaders to enforce that policy. Without a clear, enforceable policy on testing and opting-out, principals and teachers cannot be held accountable for student test scores.

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