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

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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 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. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

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

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At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. acquired Wireless Generation in 2010, then made ambitious bets on devices, curriculum, and games. We focused on the essential needs of the market—curriculum, assessment, and intervention—which aligned with our core competencies and interests.

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Play Is Disappearing From Kindergarten. It’s Hurting Kids.

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In an increasing number of schools, teachers of very young students are pressured to pack every moment of the day with structured, academically rigorous tasks Truman’s mom shared how anxious he was even at home, having nightmares each night before school; in class he had become quiet and reserved, distancing himself from his peers. Across the country, kindergarteners are pressured to meet academic standards that both teachers and experts say many kids are developmentally not ready for.

OPINION: Race to the Top laws are still on the books, but state commitments remain uneven

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In exchange for a significant investment of federal funding, states like Tennessee would volunteer to enact new policies to raise standards, increase accountability, build new data systems and lift caps on the number of public charter schools. Tennessee hit every single one of those policy goals and, as a result, won the first round of the Race to the Top competition, along with Delaware, in the spring of 2010. It was 2009, and Tennessee Gov.

MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO

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MasteryConnect aims to help teachers plan lessons and track how students perform against academic standards. Its core offerings include formative assessment products such as Socrative (a startup acquired in June 2014), grading tools and reporting services. Between 2010 to 2015, venture capitalists poured $2.3 Big capital helps startups grow quickly. But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system. Then in 2010, after two years of research, Sanborn implemented a district-wide shift. Within the first five years of the transition, Sanborn schools also built a competency-based curriculum and performance-based assessments based on those standards.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment. That was the district’s first year taking the PARCC assessment, a college- and career-readiness test mandated by the state of Illinois, and the results were dismal, though not exactly surprising. Last year, 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment.

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. 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.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

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Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment. That was the district’s first year taking the PARCC assessment, a college- and career-readiness test mandated by the state of Illinois, and the results were dismal, though not exactly surprising. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.