Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. But as he also noted, locating where people are geographically is one thing; pinpointing where they are educationally is another. Yet there are several initiatives, some of which I’ve had the privilege of working on, that aim to support the educational data ecosystem necessary for learner navigation.

From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. Yet many teachers still ask: “Why can’t I find the open educational resources I’m looking for?”

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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. As education entrepreneurs know, growth in K-12 comes hard. But its growth lagged expectations, and Wall Street never took kindly to New Corp’s education excursion.

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

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. 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

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Since the 1990s, education stories emanating from Massachusetts have largely been positive, but that started to change over the last decade. The decline has accelerated, and results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have pushed the state into the “learn-from-our-mistakes” category. In 2007, Massachusetts eighth-graders even tied for first in the world on international science testing. education achievement slides backwards.

Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

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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. Its funding support, through the state Education and Higher Education departments, has disappeared. Even though state law still authorizes the clearinghouse, lawmakers included no Education Department funding for it.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special education students and general education students. Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, instead of segregating them, was a growing national trend, spurred on by lawsuits by special education advocates. The need for teachers who have both the knowledge and the ability to teach special education students is more critical today than ever before.

Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town

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The district is at a pivotal moment now that a federal court has released it from decades-long supervision of its policies for educating students of color. It has made progress to topple the barriers still holding black and Hispanic students back from the same academic success as white students. Board of Education decision. They are roughly half of the students enrolled at Longview’s specialized elementary school, which has higher academic standards.

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. They tended to cite a combination of their own optimism coupled with pressure from state officials, who in turn were pressured to meet the federal educational goals set in No Child Left Behind. Educational consultant and former state board member Leslie Jacobs on why charters may have had difficulty reaching projected goals.