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Friday, August 15, 2014

Students in Fla. Choice Program Keep Up With National Learning Gains, Study Says

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“With Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program slated to expand its reach in upcoming years, a study of 2012-13 academic year test scores from students in the program shows they are keeping up with their counterparts across the country when it comes to learning gains on national norm-referenced tests.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After 20-Year Hiatus, U.S. to Rejoin International Math and Science Test

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks

“American seniors will once again test their advanced mathematics and physics prowess against that of students in other countries next spring, as the United States rejoins the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study’s advanced program for the first time in 20 years.” (more)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Future of Test-based Accountability

Education Next – Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst

“In the U.S., the principal lever for K-12 public education reform for the last 40 years has been test-based accountability. Prior to the 1970s, individual school districts bore nearly all of the responsibility for determining what the students within their purview needed to know and be able to do to advance from grade to grade and graduate from high school. Districts, in turn, deeded this responsibility to teachers in the form of the end-of-year or end-of-course grades they assigned to their students.” (more)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

End Of Year Exams Show Georgia High School Students Still Struggle With Math

GPB – Ellen Reinhardt

“Georgia’s high school students saw improvement in statewide end of course tests, but they are still struggling with math…the math tests were changed to align them with tougher expectations that will be implemented across the board next year.” (more)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Florida Test Scores Rise as Common Core Looms

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Florida students are doing better than ever on their end-of-year exams. Approximately 65% of first-time test takers passed the algebra exam needed to graduate, up from 64% last year. Top scores also were reported in US history, geometry, and biology.” (more)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Watching violence on TV may alter your brain

Business Standard – Staff Writer

“Young adult men who watch more violence on television show indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning, according to a new study.” (more)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

U.S. Students Get Top Scores for Sleepiness

Education Week – Holly Yettick

“While U.S. students often catch flak for their performance on large-scale international assessments, they may be approaching world dominance on one such indicator: sleepiness.”(more)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Slightly over half of Fla. students pass FCAT

Education Week – Staff Writer

“Slightly over half of Florida students have passed the state’s standardized math and reading exams, according to results released Friday…Education Commissioner Pamela Stewart said the changes, while incremental, were significant.”(more)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Julia Steiny: Unplugged Elementary Kids and Online Tests Don’t Mix

Education News – Julia Steiny

“Doctors, among others, beg parents to limit “screen time.” Children should have 2 or 3 hours of rough-and-tumble play every day, but they don’t get that…But elementary public schools have no choice but to plug kids in. Third-graders must be ready to be successful on online standardized tests.”(more)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school

Politico – Caitlin Emma

“…Finnish students have repeatedly outperformed American students on international tests…The Nordic country uses innovative teaching strategies in the classroom, just generally without incorporating technology.”(more)