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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Test your Common Core skills

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The test is computer-based and was harder than previous assessments, according to officials. It is aligned to Common Core State Standards, with questions that get harder as students answer more correctly.”(more)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

School District’s new data collection system ‘will change the way we teach students’

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The principal has to print out thousands of transcripts and manually count the number of pupils who are credit-deficient or failed the high school proficiency exam. That could take hours, if not days.”(more)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nevada’s high school graduation rate is worst in the nation

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“Although the average graduation rate nationally hit a record high of 80 percent in 2012, Nevada had the lowest rate in the country at 63 percent, according to a report released today.”(more)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New standards for education dredge up old apprehensions

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The new standards, called Common Core and developed by a panel of educators convened by governors and state school superintendents, have been criticized for, among other things, favoring nonfiction passages over classic literature, for de-emphasizing cursive and for introducing new strategies in teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.”(more)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Teacher Who Died Trying To End Shooting Remembered As A Hero

NPR – Scott Neuman

“Michael Landsberry, the 45-year-old middle school math teacher and Afghan War veteran who was killed Monday trying to talk down a student shooter at a Nevada middle school, is being remembered as a hero.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

High-schoolers share intimate stories of prejudice, bullying to foster greater tolerance from peers

The Las Vegas Sun – Paul Takahashi

“The emotional event was part of USA network’s “Characters Unite” storytelling tour. Since October 2010, the cable network has drawn attention to National Bullying Month by visiting cities across the country to help local students share powerful stories with their peers to foster greater tolerance. Las Vegas marked the tour’s 11th stop.”(more)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Number of top-rated schools down as standards rise

The Las Vegas Sun – Cy Ryan

“More than a quarter of Clark County public schools’ star ratings fell over the past two years, but state officials say that’s because standardized tests are getting more difficult.” (more)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Children learn Mandarin, French, Spanish at Tahoe Foreign Language Center

Tahoe Daily Tribune – Margaret Moran

““They say your brain is kind of like a muscle, so when you are learning languages, you’re flexing and you’re building up muscles,” Joyce said. “If you’re learning a new language, you’re kind of taking your brain to the gym.””(more)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kids’ education affects us all

Vegas INC Bruce Spotleson

“Any adult can read the projections that show our community’s economic future hinging on increases in the graduation rate. Jobs created in the modern marketplace require a more college-educated workforce than Nevada typically produces. “(more)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

George Washington’s dentures? Discovery Children’s Museum lets kids sink their teeth into learning

The Las Vegas Sun- William D’Urso

“Most museums are cold, quiet places with grown-ups who “shush” and signs that say “do not touch.” But Saturday at the Discovery Children’s Museum wasn’t like that at all. Children climbed up the three-story jungle gym, performed skits on a stage complete with lights, sound effects and curtains, and swarmed an endless array of other educational exhibits.”(more)