A greater percentage of Oklahoma high school graduates are taking Advanced Placement exams and receiving passing scores than in previous years, but the state still lags behind the national average growth in both respects, officials said Thursday.
There is a growing body of evidence that students’ mindsets play a key role in their math and science achievement. Students who believe that intelligence or math and science ability is simply a fixed trait (a fixed mindset) are at a significant disadvantage compared to students who believe that their abilities can be developed (a growth mindset).
One of New Zealand's biggest education unions is launching a five-year campaign aimed at improving early childhood education (ECE) in the country.
Cuts to funding are eroding the quality of ECE services and the union wants the Government to commit more money to ECE in the next budget, NZEI national president Judith Nowotarski says.
PARENTS are being warned to be wary of salespeople using highly emotive tactics to sell educational software costing up to $8000, including claims the programs are necessary because the Australian education system is substandard.
Consumer Affairs Minister Michael O'Brien said parents from multicultural communities - who often place a very high value on education - were particularly at risk, comprising 40 per cent of people complaining about educational software sales last year.
Beth Rabbitt: As a public school student, I was required to read Ethan Frome four times. My family moved frequently, and, as we crisscrossed the United States, I was regularly thrown into new public schools midyear. The differences between schools were mind-boggling.
Most of Vermont's high school students are not making the grade when it comes to math.
"We might have taped this last year because it is really the same story as it was last year, that we really continue to be concerned with our high school math scores," said Michael Hock, the Vermont director of education assessment.
Students at Broad Street Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., who need extra assistance in math are receiving it in some unlikely places, such as the gym and library. This year, the school launched an initiative that uses specialists to supplement traditional lessons and ensure students are receiving the instruction they need. School officials say teachers have welcomed the program and that student achievement and engagement have improved.
The Edmonton Public School Board will review its grading policy, which caused an uproar across the country after teacher Lynden Dorval was suspended for giving students zeros at his high school.
Trustees voted unanimously at a board meeting Tuesday to review how students are graded after hearing from Dorval, who spoke out against no-zero marking in a brief presentation.
An Edmonton teacher who refused to go along with his school's "no-zero" policy has been fired.
Lynden Dorval, a physics teacher at Ross Sheppard High School, was suspended in May for awarding zeros for work that wasn't handed in or tests not taken, even though it went against the school's policy of not awarding zeros.
Eric A. Hanushek -- It is no secret that some school districts spend their money better than others. One can easily find groups of districts with the same student demographics and with the same expenditure levels producing very different levels of student achievement. Put another way, some (many?) districts are spending more than they need to spend, based on what other districts show is possible.
Education officials in Orange County, Calif., say they believe the new Common Core State Standards could help close achievement gaps for struggling students. During a forum to discuss the new standards, education leaders highlighted potential benefits for these students, including a focus on fewer concepts and coordinated expectations across grade levels and schools.
Steve Mariotti-- One of the biggest problems of our time is that many low-income students, particularly those that are a minority, are not learning basic math. With such a push toward college and career readiness nationally, poor mathematics skills will adversely affect students' ability and willingness to pursue and complete college.
A landmark agreement to use student test scores for the first time to evaluate Los Angeles Unified instructors was approved by the teachers union Saturday.
United Teachers Los Angeles reported that 66% of 16,892 members who voted approved the agreement with the nation’s second-largest school district. L.A. now joins Chicago, New York and many other cities in using testing data as one measure of a teacher’s effect on student academic progress.