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Elementary students report higher engagement, more pride in schoolwork than older peers

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Most students report feeling engaged in school and taking pride in their work — but engagement drops as students get older, and less than half of middle and high school students feel like what they are learning in school is relevant to their lives outside of school, according to YouthTruth Student Survey results released Thursday.”(more)

More than 1 in 10 California students are ‘chronically absent’

Ed Source – Lee Romney
and Daniel J. Willis

“California education officials on Tuesday released school-level data that shows that last year more than 1 in 10 students were chronically absent, defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days for any reason. The data, which the state released for the first time, reveals that 1 in 4 foster children was chronically absent from California schools last year, as were about 1 in 5 homeless, Native American and African-American students.”(more)

When Academic Gaps Spiral Year After Year: The Harrowing ‘Jenga’ of Lost Student Skills — Captured in One Chart

The 74 Million – Beth Hawkins

“We’ve heard it a thousand times if we’ve heard it once: The academic gap between disadvantaged and affluent kids starts out small in the early years and compounds as a student progresses through school. By the time a young person living in poverty, with a disability, or learning English is in high school, it’s often a yawning chasm. It’s practically educational dicta. But how many non-teachers understand how that gap opens and what widens it? And how many educators have truly absorbed the drip-drop impact of the small deficits they let go during their daily triage?.”(more)

New Wisconsin K-12 standards intended to spur interest in computer science careers

USA Today – Jordan C. Axelson

“Computer science is so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that it often goes unnoticed. Take for example, ordering a pizza. Computer science lets you request your pizza with a few taps on your phone; it protects your credit card information during the transaction; and it runs the delivery driver’s GPS, providing the fastest route, so you get the pizza while it’s still hot and melty. Computer science also extends into fields like medicine, communication, and manufacturing. It’s the most in-demand occupation in Wisconsin in 2017, and the sector is expected to grow by 12% through 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”(more)

Is Disruptive Innovation Driving K-12 Privatization?

Education Next – Thomas Arnett

“If you’ve followed the K–12 education dialogue over the last decade, then you’re probably familiar with the term “disruptive innovation.” Edtech entrepreneurs and school choice advocates sometimes invoke it as an indomitable force that will redeem and transform broken school systems. Meanwhile, people on the other sides of these debates worry that “disruption” is a flawed yet rhetorically powerful narrative used to rationalize K–12 privatization. Somewhere in the middle are skeptics who give consideration to the idea, but wonder if disruption is an oversold term that is likely to underdeliver on its proponents’ promises.”(more)

Column: The importance of sparking STEM interest in our children

Cincinnati – Tiffany Osborne

“In fact, the U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that 80 percent of new jobs in our area over the next decade will require some form of math or science skills – and that STEM jobs are on track to grow at two times the rate than any other field. However, as these fields continue to expand, our region faces a growing disparity between the number of STEM careers available and the amount of local talent with the skills needed to perform those roles. This disparity becomes even more pronounced when looking at the number of students interested in these crucial STEM fields. In fact, research shows that:.”(more)