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May 14, 2017

Worth A Read

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Worth A Read


Nation’s ‘Report Card’ Looks At Student Achievement in Visual Arts, Music

Posted: 10 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Nicolle Schorchit writes about recent findings of the national assessment of students’ performance in visual and music arts (using information from the NAEP). Some of the findings include: “In both music and visual arts: Female students scored higher on average than their male peers; Students not eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) scored higher on average than eligible students; and Students in suburban schools scored higher on average than those in city schools.”

Indiana Virtual Charter School Escapes the Ax Again, Despite Poor Academic Record

Posted: 10 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Arianna Prothero discusses the poor performance of a virtual charter school in Indiana, which was kept open by the state. “Hoosier Academy Virtual School is run by one of those companies, K12 Inc. which is based in Herndon, Va. K12 Inc. is the country’s largest for-profit operator of full-time, online charter schools and runs effective lobbying efforts in more than 20 states, including Indiana, where, according to Education Week’s investigation, it had spent around $1 million dollars lobbying state lawmakers and donating to their campaigns and political parties since 2007.”

New Report Released: ‘Teachers’ Perspectives on Learning and Work Environments under the New Orleans School Reforms’

Posted: 08 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Lindsay Bell Weixler, Douglas N. Harris, and Nathan Barrett investigated “teachers’ perceptions of how learning and work environments changed in New Orleans publicly funded schools after Hurricane Katrina.” Regarding the impact of school working conditions, the researchers wrote: “Policymakers and school leaders should create environments in which both students and teachers are set up for success, as teachers’ work environments directly affect the learning environments and experiences of students.”

‘Moonlight’ schooled Hollywood on race. Can it take on school discipline, too

Posted: 08 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Derek Black, professor of law, University of South Carolina, discusses the impact that the movie ‘Moonlight’ might have on school discipline disparities in the U.S. He writes, “When school discipline responds to students’ needs, it produces better behavior and academic achievement for all students – not just struggling students. Schools with the highest achievement are those that deal with misbehavior through means other than just suspension, expulsion and law enforcement.”

Here Are Interactive Highlights From the First Round of State ESSA Plans

Posted: 08 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Andrew Ujifusa links to Education Week’s interactive presentation of states’ ESSA plans in six key policy areas. “We highlight what states want to do with respect to goals, school ratings, academic indicators, school quality, the minimum ’n’-size for which subgroups of students at a school must be included in accountability calculations, and testing opt-outs.”

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