No Child Left Behind
Looking back at the world of education in 2014, there was much activity. Some progress was made but there’s still room for improvement.
Dana Goldstein writes in her new book that teachers are poorly trained to flatten social, racial and economic barriers and their pay is “pathetic”.
Since Race to the Top was launched, schools across the country have adopted new, rigorous education standards, implemented stringent teacher evaluation systems and are developing data collection systems to better inform instruction.
Common Core standards have been adopted by almost every state as a way of ensuring standards in schools nationwide. But now some states are doing an about face.
New Jersey is believed to be the first state in the nation to include visual and performing arts among the items it tracks in its annual education report card.
The U.S. Education Department granted Pennsylvania a partial waiver from the No Child Left Behind school evaluation law Tuesday, giving state officials the flexibility to develop alternatives they say will yield more meaningful assessments of schools and students.
For a broad view of our troubles in education, read The New York Times editorial “The Trouble With Testing Mania.”
And this so-called “opt out” movement is part of a growing national trend.
This was not your normal pep rally, not by a long shot.
Opting out is extremely unusual in Pennsylvania: Only 260 out of about 932,000 students were excused from the math and reading PSSAs last year; an even lower number opted out of the science exam, according to the state Education Department.
Looking back on the past year much has happened on the education scene.
A new survey by TEACH PLUS reports on attitudes of teachers who began their careers less than a decade ago, which is the majority of teachers in the classroom today.
Standardized test scores for Pennsylvania schools are being released today. And, don’t be surprised to see them drop, because of tighter controls to curb cheating.
Advances are being made in education. In 2011, with leadership from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 160 cities have joined in making sure all kids read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
President Obama made a brief visit to a Head Start center in Delaware County today, to announce new rules that will have the preschool programs competing for federal money.