Posts from August 16th, 2013
August 16, 2013
- NYC parents help high- and low-achieving students differently, a study found. (Inside School Research)
- A Denver-area principal resigned amid concerns that he tampered with test scores. (Ed News Colorado)
- When a teacher got seriously ill, she found that her colleagues were a second family. (Tween Teacher)
- The fall semester has fewer instructional days than the spring semester, a city teacher notes. (Urban Ed)
- A parent seeks, and receives, reassurance that low test scores won’t hurt in admissions. (Insideschools)
- Tennessee teachers won’t be able to renew their licenses without proving student gains. (Teacher Beat)
- Charter schools don’t report all data fully, and the U.S. DOE lacks oversight to respond. (Politics K-12)
- New Yorkers will get to air Common Core and student privacy concerns at public hearings. (Heartland)
- A city teacher advises newbies about how to navigate the current policy climate. (ASCD via Rubinstein)
August 16, 2013
The Department of Education is the government agency that contenders for the city’s next chief watchdog say they’d most like to scrutinize if elected public advocate. Participating in a televised debate last night, three of five candidates said education would be their top priority, offering up lofty goals as a way to improve the $25 billion, 1.1 million-student school system.
Their goals for fixing the public schools varied and often seemed ambitious for the authority and capacity limitations that comes with the public advocate’s office. The office can introduce city legislation and is sometimes represented on commissions, but its budget is less than $2.3 million and most of its influence comes from the bully pulpit.
But the candidates’ talking points on education during the debate suggested how they’d seek to use that bully pulpit. (more…)
August 16, 2013
When second-year teacher Alyssa Reyes saw her fourth-graders’ state exam scores, she was surprised. Math was a lot higher than she thought it would be and literacy was lower than she expected, she said.
The Explore Excel Charter School teacher attributed the disparity to the fact that last year her school didn’t have a literacy coordinator, while it had a full-time math coordinator who was “exceptional.”
“She really challenged me as a first-year teacher to not only get good at planning but also be much more reflective about execution and coming back to help students with different learning styles,” Reyes said.
Explore Schools picked up on this network-wide weakness in literacy and has responded by adding full-time literacy coordinators to join the ones in math and increasing the time that teachers have to work together. It is also strengthening its shared literacy curriculum and pushing teachers to tackle bigger-picture goals like “cognitive engagement” in their classrooms.
New York schools have known about the new Common Core standards for nearly three years now and were supposed to tie their instruction to the new standards for the first time last year. But the results of the state tests released earlier this month have made the changes a reality, and educators across the city are spending the waning weeks of summer considering how to adjust their teaching in light of the scores. (more…)
August 16, 2013
- The city will open three more early college schools like P-TECH. (WSJ, SchoolBook, Daily News, NY1)
- The Common Core’s rollout in more states has opened the standards up to increasing criticism. (Times)
- As mayoral hopefuls make education vows, they aren’t admitting their power is limited. (GothamSchools)
- Bill Thompson called for free lunches for all city students, a departure from the city’s plans. (Daily News)
- Anthony Weiner’s mother, a former schoolteacher, defended him at Brooklyn Tech. (Times, Daily News)
- Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn are squaring off over their after-school records. (GothamSchools)
- Philadelphia’s schools will open on time after the city borrowed $50 million. (Times, Inquirer, WSJ)
- Nearly two dozen Detroit schools will be open seven days a week as “community schools.” (Free Press)
- Kansas, Washington, and Oregon were all warned that they must overhaul teacher evaluations. (WSJ)
- A federal court ruling ended a parent suit that aimed to stop 50 school closures in Chicago. (Sun-Times)
- Buffalo is telling families if their controversial school transfer requests were approved. (Buffalo News)
- In Indiana, 165 schools benefited from officials’ monkeying with the grading formula. (StateImpact IN)