We support democratic governance of public schools. Because public schools are responsible to the public, it is possible through elected school boards, open meetings, transparent record keeping and redress through the courts to ensure that traditional public schools provide access for all children. We believe that democratic operation of public schools is our best hope for ensuring that
Much of the dismay over the recent downscaling of students' ostensible proficiency and academic readiness has come from parents, community leaders, and others who were not intimately familiar with the underlying metrics of the NYSED and Regents tests.
What does a "Level 2" or "Level 3" really signify? What is a 618 ELA score, or a 650? If a child is a 578, what does it mean and what is a parent supposed to do, if anything? How can a child's one-day exam end up with a score of 780? What does a raw score of 28 mean? If a child brings home a 70 on his/her Algebra I Regents exam, isn't that a good thing?
For probably most if not all of the last century, most public school grades have been measured on a scale of 1 - 100, with 65 being the normal "cut score" for passing (i.e., content proficiency, albeit rather minimal at 65). This system has been the height of simplicity, easily understood by virtually one hundred percent of the public. If a son or daughter brought home a test score of 78, every parent know EXACTLY where the child stood on the
The Education Trust released a report today documenting large graduation rate gaps between white, black, and Latino students at many colleges and universities. It includes a list of the worst offenders, the top of which is below, in descending order of disparity (the first number is the average six-year graduation rate for white students from 2006 to 2008, the second is the rate for black students)
Wayne State: 43.5 / 9.5
Cal State – Fresno: 55.9 / 24.1
For the past few weeks, groups of principals, teachers and staff members have been gathering with their school networks to begin answering those questions.
Last week, a large group of principals, assistant principals and teachers met in the cafeteria of P.S. 129 in Flushing, Queens. They came in teams of three from each school in a Children’s First Network led by Diane Foley.
The state won’t begin to use the core standards to test students until 2014.
But, as Foley and her staff reminded principals, the
The House is going to pass a $26 billion stimulus bill tomorrow. That much, everyone knows. But the bulls-eye that Rep. Lloyd Doggett has placed on Texas in the bill need not end up denying funds to the state.
The Austin Democrat inserted an amendment into the measure that puts Texas into its own special category when it comes to getting money from the legislation, which will help states with their Medicaid budgets and keep schools from laying off teachers. Doggett's amendment says that in order to receive its share of the stimulus money Texas must commit to spending the same amount on education in its 2013 budget that it will spend in its 2011-2012 budget. In other words, the 2011 Legislature must bind the 2013 Legislature to spend at least the
At this point, among teachers who had permanent teaching positions last year, only a handful of music teachers and one or two career-technical teachers are in serious jeopardy of being laid off, district officials told principals in a memo issued Friday.
In fact, in high-demand areas such as language immersion, counseling, Spanish and special education, the district plans to hire teachers this month.
Music is the biggest trouble spot, for teachers trying to keep their jobs and for schools trying to find the right match. An experienced music teacher whose job is eliminated is eligible to claim a music teaching job in another school. But the difference between what's needed to excel at teaching elementary vocal music versus to lead a high school band can be considerable.
As of Friday, the school district's human resources department had 54 teachers who had lost their
The small Portland school, serving students living east of SE 82nd Avenue between Stark Street and Powell Boulvevard, found itself faced with a largely poor student body, many of whom speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietmanese or Chuukese at home. The school wasn't serving them well -- but boy, did that change last year. Full story »
The North Clackamas and Oregon City school districts have increased student athletic fees for the 2010-11 school year, saying the new rates are still lower than those at a number of area schools. Full story »
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 9, 2010; 3:05 PM
AUSTIN -- Saying that the country's long-term economic recovery depends on a wholesale improvement in education, President Obama on Monday pledged his administration's best efforts toward increasing the number of college graduates.
"Lifting graduation rates. Preparing our graduates to succeed in this economy. Making college affordable. That's how we'll put a higher education within reach for anyone who wants it," Obama said in prepared remarks for a speech here Monday. "That's how we'll reach our goal of once again leading the world in college graduation rates by the end of this decade."