Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Is it important for all children to be taught common skills and content? What does personalized learning mean to the perennial tug-of-war over content — in higher education’s “great books” debate over whether students should absorb the Western canon or study what they want, and, at the K-12 level, over the Common Core? K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized Learning teachersDan D.

STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

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The interaction between administration and students and the amount of student voice put into the decisions made, specifically about Common Core and standardizing a certain curriculum. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it?


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Can kids get passionate about learning — and develop the persistence to follow where it leads? One school has a plan

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The charter network’s New York students had scored below expectations on the new, more challenging Common Core tests. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Personalized LearningFourth-graders Jorlando Vega (center) and Diego Reyes prepare to dissect a frog with the help of a Quinnipiac University med student as part of a “mini-med-school” expedition at Elm City College Prep, in New Haven, Connecticut. Photo: Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report. NEW HAVEN, Conn. —

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

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He and his department leaders analyzed state requirements and national standards like the Common Core to extract the underlying skills they required and then put together a roadmap for students to achieve mastery. At Juarez, 97 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, a common measure of poverty. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions standards

A vocational school curriculum that includes genocide studies and British literature

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Students spend five consecutive instructional days in core classes like math and English, and then switch over to five consecutive days in their vocational programs. While discussing their respective backgrounds, the two teachers wondered if there was a way to give students a deeper understanding of genocide than what was covered by the state’s instructional “frameworks” — Massachusetts’ version of the Common Core standards. HATHORNE, Mass. —

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

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Indeed, despite the buzz around personalized learning, there’s no simple recipe for success, and the common ingredients — such as adaptive-learning technology and student control over learning — can backfire if poorly implemented. The only prerequisites for would-be Basecamp schools are a commitment to Summit’s grading policy, a one-to-one ratio of computers to students and a team of at least four teachers covering the core academic subjects for about 100 students.

The Professional Development Problem

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If we can’t effectively support our educators then expecting them to reverse the concerning trends of high school dropouts (more than ¼ fail to graduate H.S.), The training in this area is mostly academically focused, such as common core standards and STEM. While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking.

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Statistically, almost half of school dropouts do so because they don’t see the relevance. These include Common Core, TEKS, Next General Science Standards, or California/National CTE Standards (optional but gives the experts better insight into your curriculum objectives).

This is how Democracy ends — Apology from a former teacher

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Recently Kris Nielsen , the Teacher Dropout I featured on my blog last month, wrote this to me on Facebook: A while back, I asked you if you saw any redeeming qualities about CCSS. Almost a year ago, I offered my time to the middle school at which I was employed to give a two-night presentation that promised to ease parents’ concerns about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Connected Mathematics Program (CMP).

Leadership Ignited

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This year, they have decided to rely instead on what NASSP members have reported as the issues that keep principals up at night, such as Common Core implementation, new teacher evaluation models, and dropout prevention and graduation rates. I have tweeted over the past couple weeks my excitement for the new structure of the NASSP Annual Conference.

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

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The district aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet learning standards recently adopted by the state and modeled on the Common Core state standards. To lower the dropout rate and keep students on track to earn diplomas, we started a “credit-recovery” program to assist high school students who have lost credit in core subjects due to failing grades or excessive absences. A student raises her hand in a Louisiana high school class.

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

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Related: Theater helps English language learners master Common Core: But can it close the achievement gap? A study found an 18-percent difference between dropout rates for low-income students with high arts participation (4 percent drop out) and those with less arts involvement (22 percent). The study found an 18-percent difference between dropout rates for low-income students with high arts participation (4 percent drop out) and those with less arts involvement (22 percent).

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public schools and historically have some of the lowest test scores and highest dropout rates of all student groups. Approximately 82 percent of the survey respondents indicated that the materials they used “somewhat” or do “not at all” reflect the rigor of the Common Core State Standards that are used to measure students’ academic performance each year in the states that have adopted them. “We’ve

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 Related: Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair? This story about early reading instruction is part of a series about innovative practices in the core subjects in the early grades.

What Does “College Ready” Really Mean, Anyway?

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Conley, a University of Oregon education professor who has researched both Common Core and college readiness, explains, “It’s not just that people don’t agree on what ‘ready’ means. The reasons for going to college is a more specific group of words, but also misunderstood (see the college dropout rate, which is somehow attributed to lack of “prep” instead of the high cost or dubious utility of many college classes).

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” Via The Economic Times : “Startups in student-lending sector see dropouts, but some score too.” Via Campus Technology : “Digital credentials company Credly is adopting the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), a common markup language designed to improve discoverability of certifications, badges and other verified achievements. Performance on PISA Decline Because of Common Core? (National) Education Politics. RIP Net Neutrality.

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Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.” ” Via The Washington Post : “ School offers ‘incentives’ to get kids to take Common Core standardized test.” Robots hate the Common Core. Education Politics.

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“Trump Taps Common-Core Foe Mick Zais for No. Via ProPublica : “ For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In.” (National) Education Politics. Ivanka Trump with an op-ed in The New York Post : “Why we need to start teaching tech in Kindergarten.” ” (Spoiler alert: because five-year-olds need coding skills so they can get jobs. Lazy, lazy, little children.).