New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

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A new report says the state of Pennsylvania ought to be doing more to oversee such facilities serving foster and delinquent children. Photo: Caroline Preston for The Hechinger Report/HuffPost.

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

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Photo: Wayne D’Orio for The Hechinger Report. Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”. Photo: Wayne D’Orio for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Wayne D’Orio for The Hechinger Report.

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‘What Kids Are Reading’ Report Details Vocabulary Exposure

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A new report takes an in-depth look at what children are reading across all grade levels, finding that the average student has not met any college and career readiness reading standards.

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Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

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Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments.

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

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Chamber of Commerce report released that year highlighted a 71-point gap between the percentage of fourth-grade students who scored proficient or above on the state’s reading exam in 2005 and those who scored proficient or above on the 2005 NAEP reading exam.

What Motivates Maker Educators?

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According to the report, many maker educators believe “making can help students develop real-world skills” such as creativity, problem-solving acumen, critical thinking and perseverance, along with “dispositions associated with positive work and life outcomes.” Additionally, they “were predominantly white and the majority were women,” according to the report. Who are the people spearheading maker education? And what motivates them?

Here’s how teachers think SEL can truly help students

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A resounding majority of administrators, teachers, and parents say they believe social and emotional learning (SEL) is just as important as academic learning.

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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Each lesson, Murphy shares, will “break down academic standards around literacy into discrete subskills.” (For A report from LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based nonprofit, found ThinkCERCA to be one of two literacy products that demonstrated “encouraging” results in a pilot involving more than 50 schools. “Everyone’s worried about people having to learn how to code,” notes Eileen Murphy.

Study explores use of digital tools in out-of-school programs

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According to the Chicago Learning Exchange’s report , prepared by Outlier Research and Evaluation, based at the University of Chicago, young people are most commonly using digital media technology and tools for collaboration, creation and active engagement in out-of-school programs.

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TEACHER VOICE: It’s tough to prepare children for kindergarten if parents and teachers don’t collaborate

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Second, they have been exposed to academics such as letter names, sounds, number recognition, number fluency, and patterning with hands-on, meaningful learning tasks that take into account their physical and cognitive development.

Open letter to teachers who feel trapped in racist schools

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Breaking up black school boards has more to do with disrupting black power than implementing a proven strategy to improve academic achievement. We plant the seeds of racism when all children don’t learn black history, which is a question of policy about state academic standards.

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

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The non-profit organization Mentor, which works to ensure that everyone “has the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop,” conducted a national survey in 2014 of youth aged 18 to 21 and found that one in three reported growing up without a mentor of any kind.

Illuminate Education’s SchoolCity Product Suite Improves Efficiency with Certification from IMS Global Learning Consortium

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October 22, 2018) - To fulfill its promise to provide collaborative solutions to educators, , the leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), announces that its suite of personalized learning solutions is IMS Global Standards certified. Irvine, CA.

New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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Emma Brown of The Washington Post reports that the Civil War is explained in the textbooks as a conflict concerning “sectionalism, state’s rights, and slavery.” Stern, a historian who reviewed state standards for the conservative-leaning Thomas B.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes. Unfortunately, though, there are no reliable ratings or certifications for these products -- no Consumer Reports.

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Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

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Photo: Michael Farrell for The Hechinger Report. million fewer college students in the spring semester just ended than at the last peak in 2011, the National Student Clearinghouse reports. Photo: Michael Farrell for The Hechinger Report.

National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. states adopted new, more demanding academic standards in the 2010s, and there have been widespread reports about the difficulties in changing instruction in the classroom.

Six Steps to Project Based Learning

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The new legislation urged districts to embrace project based instruction aligned to academic standards and 21st century skills. In 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of one-size-fits-all instruction.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

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The reality is that there are still significant and persistent disparities in academic performance and educational attainment between students from different ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups. An Education Week article reported that in 2011, “black and Hispanic students trailed their white peers by an average of more than 20 test-score points on the NAEP math and reading assessments at 4th and 8th grades, a difference of about two grade levels.”

How would Betsy DeVos impact education in Mississippi?

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On her website, DeVos states that she is “not a supporter—period” of the nationwide math and English language arts standards, which Mississippi adopted in 2010. That means any push to change the standards would most likely come from state legislators. K-12 News Politics standards

Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

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The basic premise is that by providing a more complex and accurate picture of students, academic needs can be better met, colleges can make more informed admissions decisions, and intrinsic motivation will follow. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs. We’re doing things that are a little radical but still grounded in academic standards. .

Mississippi accountability ratings gloomy for Jackson schools

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The Commission on School Accreditation, however, supported the task-force plan; eventually, the state compromised on a system that assigned A’s to 10 percent of schools and F’s to 14 percent, an Associated Press story reported in September.

Tests suggest most Kansas students not ready for college

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Majority of students are not on track for college success, according to a new report. But they stressed that Kansas is reporting its first statewide data from tests that were revised to align with multistate Common Core academic standards, which they view as tougher.

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

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The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year.

We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. The biggest challenge in measuring SEL skills is having a true standard. But assessing non-academic skills, it turns out, is no easy task. At Nueva, when it comes to assessment, standards-based grading is king. The biggest challenge in measuring SEL skills is having a true standard,” Chen explains. Soft skills.

We know how to provide good child care, we just don’t insist on it

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What happens when a regular high school decides no student is a lost cause?

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Photo: Meryl Schenker for The Hechinger Report. The goal is to offer an alternative for kids who struggle in standard classrooms. Photo: Meryl Schenker for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Meryl Schenker for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Meryl Schenker for The Hechinger Report.

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This K-12 ‘data switch’ uses proprietary and open standards to talk to a wide variety of data sources, and merges data into a single store to provide a unified view of educational data - such as achievement, attendance and students at risk - in real time.

20 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Teachers

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Until parents have a better understanding of what pure academic work looks like–from the content to the assessment to the reporting–every single bit of this is on the shoulders of teachers. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

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But while standardized test scores might improve, a recent study found that in 63% of classrooms, students aren’t using technology to “solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.” We’ve made it our mission to build lessons that nurture 21st century academic success and empower extraordinary teaching. Teachers need help planning lessons that meaningfully contextualize academic standards.

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In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Woods, who has never liked school, says that being able to earn academic credit by working with cars is ideal. “I’m However programs like Harwood’s that offer academic credit in core subject areas are rare, Parton said.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Photo: Sarah Gonser for The Hechinger Report. One way the district is applying this standard is via “number talks,” a math practice that encourages students to discuss and critique math solutions, helping kids develop into flexible and creative mathematical thinkers.

Where are the missing child care directors?

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A Hechinger Report and Clarion-Ledger review of state records of 471 unannounced visits to child care centers in central Mississippi from February 2013 to December 2014, revealed directors were not present when licensing officials arrived at least 24 percent of the time.

PARCC Results for DC Show College-Readiness Concerns

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only 10% of public school students who took a new standardized Geometry test and 25% of those who took a new English test met proficiency standards deeming them ready for college after graduation. According to recent results from a high school exam taken by students in Washington, D.C.,

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. See our report on edtech venture capital for more details.) Big capital helps startups grow quickly. But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts.

How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

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Photo: Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report. In this ongoing series, The Hechinger Report is visiting high schools that have beaten the long odds to learn what’s behind their success in improving graduation rates and sending more students to college.

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

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During the Republican and Democratic conventions, The Hechinger Report will publish a new story each day, examining what the party proposals might mean for the future of education. Our staff reporters will provide education coverage from Cleveland and Philadelphia.