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12th graders’ math scores drop, reading flatlines
And just when we had allowed ourselves to get giddy over record-shattering high school graduation rates. NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report card, released the results of its 2015 assessment of high school seniors’ math and reading proficiency. Like their 4th and 8th grade schoolmates, whose 2015 scores were published last fall, the nation’s 12th-graders […]
What’s different about ESSA?
What’s Different about ESSA? The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) created the starting point for equity-based education reforms. It established categorical aid programs for specific subgroups that were at-risk of low academic achievement. “Title I” comes from this act- it created programs to improve education for low-income students. No Child Left Behind […]
Improving civics education is key to strong, equitable democracy
While the constant news coverage and interest in the presidential campaign might suggest Americans are well-versed in our country’s political process, data from the latest civics assessment of NAEP, colloquially known as the Nation’s Report Card, finds otherwise. Indeed, the results show that there is not only a widespread lack of civic knowledge, but it […]
Teacher evaluation systems: Major changes, similar results
Since TNTP’s  groundbreaking report, The Widget Effect, was released in 2009, nearly every state has made dramatic changes to the way teachers are evaluated. In that report the authors found less than 1 percent of teachers were rated below proficient, while nearly all other teachers were rated simply as proficient or satisfactory. Just a small proportion […]
Teaching may be harder for introverts
Last week a colleague sent me a fascinating article: “Why Introverted Teachers Are Burning Out.” It struck home with me. I am very much an introvert and understand my own needs for quiet and alone time to re-charge. Yet, for some reason, I had never connected that with my job as a teacher. I didn’t […]
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