New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

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Residential facilities in Pennsylvania are doing an inadequate job of educating foster children in their care, according to a new report from Children’s Rights and the Education Law Center. Pennsylvania’s residential facilities have not only put these children in harm’s way, but have severely undermined their educational opportunities and in many cases deprived them of a meaningful education,” Maura McInerney, legal director of the Education Law Center, said in a statement.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . So the following list of public education terms is useful not so much for the definitions, but for the credibility (or at least authority) of the definitions, as they are sourced from the Department of Education itself, in this case in regards to clarify Race to the Top language and meaning. To see how many factors impact a child’s education. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined .

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After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

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Imagine is owned by Weld North Education, a private equity firm that has amassed a portfolio of more than 10 education technology companies over the years. curriculum market shifted towards purchasing materials aligned materials to Common Core and state academic standards, the organization began building new offerings based on these U.S. standards. Founded by former Kaplan executive Jonathan Grayer, Weld North has purchased 16 companies since 2010.

Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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based company explained the difficult decision as an effort to return its focus to the education market following a foray into creating consumer toys. Today, the robotic toymaker is following through by adding a big building block to its educational offerings. Additionally, Sphero says it has more than a thousand lessons and activities that are aligned to Common Core and other state academic standards for math and computer science.

“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. Taking a lesson from special education.

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. education achievement slides backwards. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

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.

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.

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

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Jessica Evers is one of the tens of thousands of students who have enrolled in Premier Education Group schools over the last decade, bringing with them hundreds of millions in federal funding. Back then, in 2010, she was 22 and her plan was to find a good job and move out of that small three-bedroom house in Hudson, Massachusetts. For-profit schools, such as Salter and others owned by its parent company, Premier Education Group, have zeroed in on this market.

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. The company has raised nearly $30 million from investors that include NewSchools Venture Fund, Learn Capital, GSV Acceleration, Catamount Ventures, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and, most recently, Zuckerberg Education Ventures. Between 2010 to 2015, venture capitalists poured $2.3 Education companies have been hit, too.

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

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Phil Bredesen had just announced that he was convening an emergency legislative session to enact education reforms to make the state competitive for President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top competition. 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. It was 2009, and Tennessee Gov.

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.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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The state of New Hampshire has been gradually shifting toward competency-based education (CBE) for two decades. 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. Sanborn is also interested in finding meaningful ways to measure growth for non academic skills.

The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

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Few would argue with the importance of educating the whole child. Even in today’s age of standardized testing and emphasis on academic standards, perhaps even because of this recent emphasis, educators are increasingly aware of the need to nurture students’ complete development. As I work with schools and talk with educators, I see a common way of supporting the whole child that I’d like to push back against.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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It may seem frivolous to spend so much money on a school dedicated to a grade level that students aren’t even required to attend in most states , but research shows kindergarten can be one of the most important years in a child’s educational career. As kindergarten has become more widely available in the last several decades, it’s also become more academic. In some districts, full-day kindergarten schedules are packed with back-to-back academic activities and lessons.

How would Betsy DeVos impact education in Mississippi?

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Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next Secretary of Education, testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. A Senate confirmation vote is expected imminently for President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. K-12 News Politics 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. 10 Percent — Yearly increase in the percent of students achieving basic scores on state tests required by No Child Left Behind Act in 2010. 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.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. Duncan of the University of California Irvine’s School of Education, whose research examines child poverty and education. “It Deborah Stipek of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Higher Education. K-12 News Data and research Solutions standards STEM teachers

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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Their work is a version of what educators call project-based learning, which means gaining knowledge by solving problems rather than by studying textbooks. Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”. The company teamed with the district to establish an educational component for its robot toys in 2014. million in 2010) and a Race to the Top grant ($16.6

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How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. Duncan of the University of California Irvine’s School of Education, whose research examines child poverty and education. “It