New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

The Hechinger Report

The advocacy groups are calling for greater state oversight of these facilities, which were the topic of an investigation last month by The Hechinger Report/HuffPost. The internal report, first obtained by The Hechinger Report/HuffPost, cites “lack of academic rigor and linkage to academic standards” and says that education in these institutions is a “missed opportunity” for students.

Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

eSchool News

That has been the value of the clearinghouse, he said; not only pointing teachers and others toward online lessons to fit state academic standards, but providing an Ohio-specific seal of approval. “We From July 2010 through June 2014, Ohio State received a total of $1 million per year to run the program; in the 2014-15 fiscal year, funding dropped to $500,000. State funding is gone and no longer supports the web resource for teachers to locate high-quality online lessons.

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New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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Public school students in Texas will be using a new textbook for their social studies class when they begin school again in the fall — and the controversial contents of the text will be based on state academic standards that skirt the issue of racial segregation and leave out information about the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws. In 2010, members of the state board of education revised the state’s social studies standards to adjust for what they called a liberal slant.

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

The Hechinger Report

About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. 10 Percent — Yearly increase in the percent of students achieving basic scores on state tests required by No Child Left Behind Act in 2010. Shahan said that it became even harder for charters to reach their projected scores when the state stiffened its academic standards, creating more difficult versions of the state test starting in 2013.