TNReady test results show Hamilton County middle and high school students fell further behind

July 19th, 2018 by Meghan Mangrum Elementary school students in Hamilton County’s public schools saw slight improvements in TNReady test results compared to last year, while students in middle and high school fell further behind. The results, released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Education, show that 34.3 percent of third- through fifth-graders are reading on grade level, compared to 32 percent in 2017. Statewide, 35.7 percent of students were on … Continue reading TNReady test results show Hamilton County middle and high school students fell further behind

State to keep close watch on five ‘turnaround’ schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas

Kristy Moody, principal of Fairmount Park Elementary in St. Petersburg, walks with a kindergarten class in 2016, her first year at the school. Now entering her third year, state officials questioned whether she should continue at the school, given its latest D grade. But Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego called Moody “the right person” for the job. Fairmount Park is one of five chronically … Continue reading State to keep close watch on five ‘turnaround’ schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas

Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

  By Jeffrey Solochek Published: July 19, 2018 TURNAROUNDS: With 2018 state grades out, Hillsborough and Pinellas school district leaders bring improvement plans for their most struggling campuses to the Florida Board of Education for approval. Each gets warnings that their plans must include highly rated teachers, using the state’s standards. • The board approves plans for two Duval County schools without any reservations, the Florida Times-Union reports. VOUCHERS: The Florida Board of Education adopts rules to … Continue reading Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

Trump Administration Delays Special Ed Rule

by Michelle Diament | July 10, 2018 The Trump administration is officially postponing implementation of an Obama-era rule designed to prevent kids from certain backgrounds from being wrongly placed in special education. In a final rule published July 3 in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education halted the so-called “significant disproportionality” rule, which was supposed to take effect this month, for two years. “This delay will … Continue reading Trump Administration Delays Special Ed Rule

Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go

By Tony Wan     Jul 9, 2018 For much of this decade, the narrative of tech giants battling to sell devices in U.S. K-12 classrooms has pitted Apple against Google. But through an ongoing series of product launches and acquisitions, Microsoft has been making its case to be the dark horse in the race. Today, the Redmond, Wash.-based company continued its streak of education announcements with the launch … Continue reading Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go

Chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. A new report says it didn’t.

By Valerie Strauss May 24, 2018 In 2013, the Chicago school district closed 49 elementary schools and one high school program in the face of a $1 billion deficit, the largest mass school closure in the country’s modern history. Schools officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel made this promise to nearly 12,000 mostly African American students from families living in poverty: When you are sent to a … Continue reading Chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. A new report says it didn’t.

With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

BY MARTA W. ALDRICH JUNE 11, 2018 Tennessee’s plan to start grading its schools this year has taken a big detour. Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system, under development for more than a year as part of Tennessee’s sweeping plan to usher in a new era of school quality. Now the state Education Department has come up … Continue reading With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

Why our schools are failing

Most teachers do not teach because of the money. Updated Jun 13; Posted Jun 12 By Robert Wilkerson When people say our schools are failing, they have overstated the problem. The truth is many of our schools are failing, but some are doing quite well. The ones that are failing are not failing because prayer was taken out of schools, or teachers are lazy, or any of the … Continue reading Why our schools are failing

Melrose teachers continue calls for fair evaluations

By Conor Powers-Smith Posted Jun 1, 2018 at 4:01 PM For the third Friday in a row, Melrose teachers demonstrated solidarity with recently released colleagues on June 1 by gathering outside schools across the city in union t-shirts before heading in for the start of classes. “The standouts or the walk-ins or however you want to characterize them are really just educators supporting other educators,” said Melrose Education Association President Lisa … Continue reading Melrose teachers continue calls for fair evaluations

Teacher Evaluation Is Stuck in the Past

Race to the Top is over. Why haven’t we moved on? By Rachael E. Gabriel & Sarah L. Woulfin May 15, 2018 When President Barack Obama announced his Race to the Top competition in the summer of 2009, states across the country submitted plans for reforming standards, data use, and teacher quality to turn around their lowest-performing schools. Most states, competing for about $4 billion in … Continue reading Teacher Evaluation Is Stuck in the Past