Four-year graduation rates in Montgomery County show a slight narrowing of the achievement gap that separates white and Asian students from their African American and Hispanic peers, according to the latest state figures.
Liana Heitin -- A new analysis of test-taking data finds that in Mississippi and Montana, no female, African American, or Hispanic students took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science. In fact, no African-American students took the exam in a total of 11 states, and no Hispanic students took it in eight states, according to state comparisons of College Board data compiled by Barbara Ericson, the director of computing outreach and a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech.
Montgomery County schools officials plan to survey students taking high school final exams in math next week about how they think about and prepare for the biggest test of the semester, as school leaders explore the causes of steep failure rates on the countywide tests.
Lucy N. Friedman -- Families of means are so determined to help their kids acquire skills for lifelong success that they'll spend what they can, opening up a skyrocketing gap between what parents in the top income bracket and those in the bottom spend on their kids' educational enrichment. As children grow, those gaps widen significantly.
Evie Blad -- The Minneapolis school board will consider a new disciplinary policy Tuesday that would de-emphasize suspensions and introduce alternative disciplinary measures, such as "restorative conversations," in part to ease discrepancies in disciplinary trends between racial groups.
Zac Chase - New Jersey shoppers and Indian sugarcane farmers might have something to teach us about poverty and cognitive load. An article in the August issue of the magazine Science examined the possibilities of a causal effect between considerations of poverty and study participants' abilities to perform cognitively-demanding tasks.
Alyssa Morones - For children, unequal opportunity to learn isn't limited to their experience in school, according to Hilary Levey Friedman, author of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture. Middle- and upper-class children also receive a competitive edge from the activities they participate in outside of school.
A majority of students in public schools throughout the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a new study that details a demographic shift with broad implications for the country.
Eric Jensen - Since 1970, the dollar has lost 80% of its purchasing power. Those in lower or middle class, on a fixed income, lose the most. The inflation is a result of government debt and printing money. While it's true that depressed job markets have some correlations with greater poverty, the greatest factors are rarely talked about:marriage rates;high school graduation;"job ready" life skills.
Maryland was among the first states to administer a comprehensive test of skills for kindergarten students. The assessment gives educators and policymakers a picture of where students are and what the achievement gap looks like at the starting line.
Results have helped inform policy decisions in Maryland over the past decade that led to universal full-day kindergarten and publicly funded pre-kindergarten available for all children from low-income families.
Each of Montgomery County’s 25 high schools has created an action plan to identify and support students who need help in math, as part of an effort designed to boost student success overall and improve grades on final exams.
The initiative follows widespread concern in Montgomery about high rates of failing grades on high school final exams. Figures came to light in the spring showing a majority of 30,000 students taking exams in seven math courses did not pass the end-of-semester test.