How Mississippi made some of the biggest leaps in national test scores

The Hechinger Report

The wake-up call came in 2007. Mississippi created new academic standards that are more rigorous and better-aligned to national expectations for students. State officials say there were gaps in previous academic standards when compared to testing expectations.

OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

The Hechinger Report

In 1993, Massachusetts enacted a bipartisan education reform law that gave schools a massive infusion of state money in return for high academic standards and accountability. In 2007, Massachusetts eighth-graders even tied for first in the world on international science testing.

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Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. I recently dusted off the old 2007 paper, and reflected on how demand in the K-12 education sector has changed in the dozen years since.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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Alignment of Data Standards for Describing Learning Objectives When applying the Google Maps metaphor to learner navigation, the points of interest on the map are competencies—the things that a person can learn, such as skills, knowledge, dispositions, and habits of practice. The existing standards for this kind of data were like a Babylon of different languages, understood only in their own domain (such as medical training, human resources, K-12 or postsecondary).

Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

eSchool News

Since 2007, an online clearinghouse has helped Ohio educators choose well-designed online lessons from a vast marketplace of products and has made them available free. State funding is gone and no longer supports the web resource for teachers to locate high-quality online lessons.

What Makes Professional Development Work?

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In 2018, Bruce Umpstead joined IMS Global to engage State Education Agencies (SEAs) in the important work of data interoperability and drive adoption of the CASE Network of Competencies & Academic Standards (CASE®).

Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town

The Hechinger Report

It has made progress to topple the barriers still holding black and Hispanic students back from the same academic success as white students. They are roughly half of the students enrolled at Longview’s specialized elementary school, which has higher academic standards.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

A study in 2007 found that general education teachers in a teacher preparation program reported taking an average of 1.5 Academic outcomes for students with disabilities have remained stagnant for years, even as more students with special needs are integrated into general education classrooms.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

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About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. She expected much more than ‘You’re going to meet state standards,’” he said. Second grade teacher Lynnon Carney helps a student with math at Arise Academy.