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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The link between housing policy and student achievement

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“It may seem intuitive that school reform should be focused on what goes on inside schools — but, in fact, such a singular focus isn’t enough, as current reform efforts have sadly shown. It is impossible to divorce a student’s life outside of school with how well he or she does in class… that’s why housing policy has a strong link to education outcomes.” (more)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Common-Core Side Effects: Worth the Costs?

Education Week – Yong Zhao

“Something is missing in the raging debate about the Common Core…What’s missing in in this debate is an analysis of costs or side effects. That is, even if the Common Core were perfectly implemented, which is a big question, and student learning indeed improved…what would have been sacrificed? And are the sacrifices worth the benefits?” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Common Core math is not fuzzy: Column

USA Today – Solomon Friedberg

“Common Core math is getting the works from critics: It’s too demanding for most kids; holds back the speedy kids…It even promotes “fuzzy math”…Common Core lays the foundation for students to have a better grasp of mathematical concepts than present standards and sets higher expectations for teaching and learning. If that doesn’t sound fuzzy, there’s a simple reason: It isn’t.” (more)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Insider’s Perspective on Our National Math Crisis

The Huffington Post – Oscar Fernandez

“There’s a national crisis in math; the U.S. ranks 25th in math out of 27 countries studied by (OECD 2012), and 51 out of 144 in a recent World Economic Forum report on the quality of math education (WEF 2014). Though there are many potential drivers, there is one fundamental and often hidden driver of the crisis that is often not discussed: the way mathematics is taught.” (more)

Historic Milestones Present Opportunities and Challenges in Education

U.S. Dept. of Education – Meredith Bajgier

“As the school year gets into full swing, it’s worth reflecting on a couple of historic milestones that make this year unique…there are signs that change is under way, as shown in another vital statistic: the highest high school graduation rate in America’s history – 80 percent.” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

The Huffington Post – Julian L. Alssid

“In higher education today, only two things are certain: change is coming, and nobody knows what that change will look like…Currently, education is measured by completing a specified number of classes…Competency-based education does away with the defined duration and credit hours, replacing time with mastery.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Principal Turnover and Pensions

Education Next – Leslie Kan

“The U.S. Department of Education recently released the results from the 2012-13 principal staffing survey. Like the survey on teachers, principals were tracked as “stayers,” “movers,” and “leavers,” where stayers are principals who remain in the same school, movers are principals who transfer to another school, and leavers are principals who leave the profession either to retire or go elsewhere.” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Education reality worse than numbers show

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL – TREVON MILLIARD

“It’s no secret Nevada schools are doing poorly, “remaining at the bottom of all those lists,” but that’s not the entire picture, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga on Wednesday. The truth is even worse than the statistics would have you believe, he added.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What the U.S. could learn from the Polish education system

USA Today – Sean Williams

“Twenty-five years ago, Americans like economist Jeffrey Sachs were running around Poland helping to turn moribund socialism into a vibrant market economy. Now, with the U.S. trying to fix its lagging educational system, it might just learn a thing or two from Poland, which…beats the U.S. on most performance measures.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thompson: Common Core Will Double Dropout Rate, Says Carnegie Corporation

Scholastic Administrator – Alexander Russo

“The single most important study on Common Core implementation was published by the Carnegie Corporation in 2013, but its key finding has been ignored…[they] estimate that the implementation of Common Core (without first establishing a level of systematic supports that would clearly be impossible) would double the nation’s dropout rate.” (more)