How one district went all-in on a tutoring program to catch kids up

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Last year, researchers at NWEA, an independent nonprofit assessment company, published an analysis of data from the autumn 2020 MAP Growth tests of more than 4 million public school students.

OPINION: The pandemic gave graduating high school seniors new strength and resilience

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Should we screen kids’ genes to ‘predict’ how successful they’ll be in school?

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To do this, researchers are turning to a relatively new genetic approach called the polygenic score, which assesses a person’s likelihood for a specific future based on a combination of genetic variables.

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The educational value of a black teacher

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In a 2017 study published by the Institute of Labor Economics, researchers found that low- income black male elementary school students who were paired with a black teacher in the third, fourth, or fifth grades were 39 percent less likely to drop out of high school.

Home visiting in high school: Trying an intervention for toddlers on teenagers

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Only, rather than sending health care or social service providers to support parents and assess young children’s readiness for school, McDowell is sending teachers directly to kids’ homes — including high schoolers’ — to counsel, persuade and cajole them to graduate on time and plan for their future. Like elementary and middle school home visits, high school home visits are all about relationship building. Johnathan romps with his dog, Pork Chop, in front of his home.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Rogers Elementary School here set a three-alarm fire in the library. Rogers Elementary Principal Lisa Lovato. We discuss their goals and what they are working on, and if they had an assessment we might talk about that,” she said. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized Learning teachersDan D.

Held back, but not helped

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In the mid-2000s, Louisiana implemented high-stakes tests known as Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, or LEAP, which required fourth and eighth graders to show that they were grade-level proficient. Early this past December, the state released guidance to explain how to institute alternatives to retention in fourth grade, to comply with a resolution passed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in October.

Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school

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Third-graders at Alamosa Elementary School in Albuquerque practice reading with first-graders in Carrie Ramirez’s classroom. Burnett spends half her time at Alamosa Elementary School, where about one in four students have missed more than 10 percent of school days so far this school year, according to attendance data Burnett tracks. This is only the second year Alamosa Elementary has been tracking attendance student by student.

A school district wades through a deluge of social-emotional curricula to find one that works

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Meghan Groves, a teacher at Washington-Lee Elementary School, in Bristol, Virginia, leads her first graders in “closing circle,” where they talk about how their day went. Leave this field empty if you're human: Activities like this one have taken on a near-ritualistic quality at Groves’ school, Washington-Lee Elementary, which serves a high-poverty student body in southern Appalachia.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Hatharasinghe-Gerschler had been diagnosed with a reading comprehension disability in elementary school. Back in Anchorage in the early 2000s, Michelle McLaughlin started doing research on her own to determine why her son, Michael, was falling further behind in elementary school. Schools are supposed to revise the IEP document annually in partnership with the student’s parents and conduct a barrage of assessments to reevaluate the child’s disability classification every three years.

For students with disabilities, quality of education can depend on zip code

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Rachel’s elementary school was part of Shelby County Schools. She fought for years and went to court to stop her district from giving her daughter certain assessments. The district needed these assessments in order to push Guldan’s daughter, Rebecca, into a graduation track specifically for students with disabilities. A judge eventually sided with the district, allowing it to give Rebecca the assessments that would make her eligible for the certificate track.

Why decades of trying to end racial segregation in gifted education haven’t worked

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On a crisp day in early March, two elementary school gifted and talented classes worked on activities in two schools, three miles and a world apart. There are gifted dropouts. Olmsted should stop cordoning off one-third of its elementary seats for nongifted neighborhood students.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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Jacqueline Reis, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said that while the state had focused on helping special education students transition out of high school before Dracut, the ruling did have an impact. “It Districts recognized the need to assess how the student would do in college or work or the community and then provide services in accordance with what they find.”. Adam Salomon at his high school graduation.

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

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In New Orleans, the large number of dropouts who lack HiSET credentials drives the astronomically high count of so-called “opportunity youth.” Last fall, YEP staff set up shop to provide HiSET-prep for at-risk New Orleans high-school students — before they became dropouts — within its Central City campus, housed within a grand historic bank-building that seems appropriately academic in appearance. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Solutions

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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Bits of student performance data are only just starting to trickle out of the pilot schools, so it’s too early to assess most of them quantitatively. So it was with parents at one of the first Basecamp schools, Marshall Pomeroy Elementary in Milpitas, a small city off the southern tip of San Francisco Bay. Summit partnered with Stanford’s Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity to develop the rubric for evaluating the cognitive skills in each grade.

After a hate crime, a town welcomes immigrants into its schools

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They added resources in an existing dual-language program at the elementary school level, created a sheltered English learner program for newcomer students in the middle school, and overhauled high school offerings, placing native English speakers and English learners into more of the same classrooms, so they can learn from each other. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Immigrants and Refugees Immigration Crisis Politics Social emotional

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

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In this case that meant at the fringe of schools—in the advanced classes, foreign languages, and credit and dropout recovery options they couldn’t otherwise offer, for example. The elementary school in the Randolph Central School District uses blended learning to actually differentiate instruction and has significantly improved its students’ math scores on state assessments. And the Spring City Elementary Hybrid Learning School in Spring City, Penn.,

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

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The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program. Many educators, particularly at the elementary school level, have rotated students among centers or stations for decades.

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Our elementary and middle schools utilize i-Ready diagnostics to form enrichment and intervention groups,” says Dr. Julia Lamons, assessment supervisor at Greene County Schools. This technology solved another of the district’s biggest struggles—implementing an effective common assessment among 12 elementary and middle schools. The i-Ready Standards Mastery system allows apples-to-apples assessment for grades 2–8 in ELA and math.

Districts Pivot Their Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism During Distance Learning


Simon and the rest of the district turned their focus to food security , internet connectivity for families in need and online suicide prevention assessments. In elementary school, frequent absences are linked to a higher likelihood of dropout—even if attendance improves over time.

Gates Foundation Gives Millions to Improve Teacher Training

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Early in the 2000s, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation put millions into creating small schools, believing that separating large high schools with growing dropout rates into several smaller schools would increase graduation rates. When that idea wasn’t effective, they changed to teacher quality and spent millions more to help districts develop assessment systems for teachers that included using student standardized test scores to measure teacher performance.

Let Evidence Guide the Solutions to Student Absenteeism

Panelist Phyllis Jordan, editorial director at FutureEd, pointed to the results of the organization’s analysis of states’ 2017 ESSA plans, which require one non-academic indicator for school assessments. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING. Students miss a school day now and then.

OPINION: Arne Duncan, the fallible narrator

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Similar to Lang’s approach, the Ariel Foundation offered support, mentoring, and paying the cost of postsecondary education for a cohort of sixth-graders at a Chicago elementary school. Then, as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Duncan decided to close three low-performing elementary schools. A federal evaluation found no effects of 12 for Life on students’ grade-point averages, the number of suspensions or the number of school dropouts.). Former U.S.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

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“Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal. A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

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Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal. A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building. The initiative is in place at elementary and middle schools in Middletown.

5 Radical Schooling Ideas For An Uncertain Fall And Beyond


In pre-pandemic times, it offered a series of hourlong workshops to family members, mostly in low-income communities, coaching them to set goals and practice specific reading concepts with elementary school-age children. Use online systems to assess, remediate and individualize learning.

With a teacher like me, ‘Would I have turned out better?’

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Fellows receive monthly stipends that start at $450 and rise each year, up to $700, in an attempt to combat steep post-secondary dropout rates — 33 percent of black college students drop out after one year of college, often because of financial shortfalls. “We’re Black students who have a black teacher in elementary school are more likely to graduate high school and go to college.

How to help struggling young readers

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The repercussions of not learning to read are magnified for poor children: Research shows that low-income children who cannot read at grade level by third grade are six times more likely to become high school dropouts. “In These techniques include how to create strong, guided reading instruction, how to select and appropriately use high-quality texts and how to assess each child’s reading level to better target guided and independent reading.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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Their ESSA plans detail systemic transformations of assessment methods and other practices, according to Lillian Pace, the senior director of national policy at KnowledgeWorks. Each year, districts and schools were rated based on whether their elementary school kids performed better than the prior year’s students in math and English. High schools were rated on standardized tests, as well as dropout, attendance and graduation rates.

Twenty-one and in high school

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This model demands more resources than those available to a traditional high school, but given that the typical high school dropout costs the state an estimated $300,000 over their lifetime , Cesene argues that the math is elementary. He realized that some students don’t succeed on the conventional academic path, and ran a school for dropouts on Arena Boulevard. Sheryl Javier graduated from Bronx Arena in July 2016, after 8 years of high school. Photo: Luba Ostashevsky.

How to Prepare Students in the Early Years to Read at Grade Level


The repercussions of not learning to read are magnified for poor children: Research shows that low-income children who cannot read at grade level by third grade are six times more likely to become high school dropouts. These techniques include how to create strong, guided reading instruction, how to select and appropriately use high-quality texts and how to assess each child’s reading level to better target guided and independent reading.

Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading


The district is also known for having one of the largest dropout rates and one of the highest pupil-to-teacher ratios in the country. And there’s another crucial piece to all of this: bringing in reflection as part of the assessment, instead of succumbing to that age-old need for numbers and multiple-choice. He will be engaging and empowering 5th graders next year at Claude and Stella Parson Elementary School.

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What happens when two separate and unequal school districts merge?

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Every fall, each student is tested to assess any gaps in skills and knowledge. The school district had a 27 percent dropout rate in 2014. At the start of the 2016 school year, the district had to close East Elementary School in Oktibbeha County because it was 90 percent black and did not reflect the racial makeup of the district. Closing the school meant the district had to reshuffle students into existing elementary schools.

Buffalo shows turnaround of urban schools is possible, but it takes a lot more than just money

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I would have been a dropout.”. At the outset a survey was conducted to assess the needs of schools, families and communities. Harvey Austin Elementary is located on Buffalo’s east side, where high unemployment results in 92 percent of its students receiving free or reduced-priced lunch. Hutchinson Central Technical High School senior Karolina Espinosa will be attending Buffalo State in the fall on a Say Yes tuition scholarship. Photo: Amadou Diallo. BUFFALO, N.Y.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

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Tagged on: March 3, 2017 Blended Learning for Quality Higher Education: Selected Case Studies on Implementation from Asia-Pacific | UNESCO Bangkok → A new report presents a framework and self-assessment tool developed to drive, sustain, and scale up blended learning. It incorporates case studies to demonstrate how the framework and its dimensions could be operationalized, and how the gaps identified in the self-assessment exercise could be addressed.

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