Report outlines long road ahead for Jackson Public Schools

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Photo:Liz Willen/ The Hechinger Report. Loud cheering, a drum line, endless applause and a full buffet at Jackson’s convention center on Thursday night accompanied the release of a report that could herald in a top-to-bottom overhaul of the 24,000-student school system here.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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Teachers now assess students’ proficiency across four categories: basic, approaching, proficient and advanced. The question of how a proficiency-based report card will affect college admissions is a common concern for families around the country.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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

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

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Held back, but not helped

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Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. “We Laster’s presentation, based on 2010 data, reported that 28 percent of Louisiana students did not make it to fourth grade on time. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report.

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

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Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. System leaders don’t dispute that assessment.

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

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The community college “segregation machine”

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Photo: Meredith Kolodner/The Hechinger Report. This story was produced jointly by inewsource San Diego, a data-focused investigative news organization, and The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

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

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Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report. Students who routinely miss school get individual assessments and attendance success plans geared toward their unique needs and circumstances.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

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Photo: Amadou Diallo/The Hechinger Report. Special 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. Photo: Amadou Diallo/The Hechinger Report.

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

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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 partnership with the Huffington Post. She fought for years and went to court to stop her district from giving her daughter certain assessments.

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

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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 partnership with the Huffington Post. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

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It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. The Barr Foundation is one of the many funders of The Hechinger Report.).

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

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

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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 partnership with the Huffington Post. To reach the 40 percent target would require roughly $18 billion more, the report said.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

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Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

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Many of us find students benefit greatly when the school employs curriculum-based assessments to measure progress. This is done through its standards-aligned assessment library or teacher-created assessments developed from a bank of over 60,000 standards-specific questions.

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

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A vocational school curriculum that includes genocide studies and British literature

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Photo: Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report. That evolution has sped up since 2001, when the state introduced a requirement that students pass a statewide assessment (known as the MCAS) to earn a high school diploma.

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Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

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Photo: Judge Evans for The Hechinger Report. In New Orleans, the large number of dropouts who lack HiSET credentials drives the astronomically high count of so-called “opportunity youth.” Kayla Patrick, an author of the National Women’s Law Center report “Let Her Learn.”.

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

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NYC’s bold gamble: Spend big on impoverished students’ social and emotional needs to get academic gains

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She not only treats patients, she goes into homes to assess risk factors. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts poverty Principals Race

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. Most Basecamp schools make a lot of changes to the platform’s lesson plans, projects and assessments.

Programmatic Best Practices for Healthy Academic Programs

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Do we have a programmatic assessment plan? Minimizing variation in the student learning experience by standardizing course content and assessment for all sections. Allowing the students to self-register for courses without staff reports or approvals.

States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. In the early 1990s, Kentucky districts were among those grading student portfolios and assessing performance tasks, instead of standardized tests, and they found themselves on the cutting edge of educational assessment.

About 1 in 3 HS Seniors Prepared for College Math, NAEP Shows

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According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 37% of American 12th-graders are academically prepared for college math and reading. The results of the report were demographically split as well. (Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons).

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. We published the first of these reports recently as a series of case studies titled Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts. Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools.

Mississippi governor named chairman of National Education Center

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The state has seen some education success, such as improved graduation and dropout rates since 2011, and has made strides in third grade reading; however, Mississippi is often nationally ranked as one of the lowest-performing states in education.

Proficiency and NAEP scores: Let’s stop talking about trivial distinctions and focus on ending inequality instead

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It was as predictable as night following day that this week’s release of results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress would be followed by weeping and gnashing of teeth on a biblical scale. As we read NAEP’s latest report, we should focus on what truly matters.

TEACHER VOICE: Raising the bar on high school diplomas slams the doors on the weakest students

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The recent three-part series on proficiency-based learning in Maine by The Hechinger Report’s Lillian Mongeau (which appeared in both The Report and the Portland Press Herald ) is very informative on this topic.

OPINION: This high-poverty district learned to think differently about teaching and learning

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Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. The district aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet learning standards recently adopted by the state and modeled on the Common Core state standards. A student raises her hand in a Louisiana high school class.

How Differentiating Instruction Helps Students Connect to Learning

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As we got near each other, the young man literally grabbed and hugged me,” my colleague reported. I’ve spent 16 years serving on and chairing the board of the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) and 25 years leading companies that serve schools and students of all kinds. A technology-driven methodology that uses baseline and ongoing embedded assessment to match and re-level students to their “just-right” level of text complexity, “just-on-time” through the school year.

What healthcare innovators can learn from academic coaches in higher ed

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This echoes a 2009 report by Public Agenda for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which found that boredom played a major or minor role in 45% of recent college dropouts’ decisions to leave school. Equally concerning, a 2016 report by PayScale, a compensation data and software provider, revealed that a whopping 50% of surveyed managers feel that recent college graduates are inadequately prepared for full-time work.

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

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