Peter DeWitt -- The ultimate goal of schools is to make sure that students are prepared for college or the workforce when they graduate. School personnel and business leaders are the bookends of this process for students. Unfortunately, the conversation that took place between Commissioner King and the business leaders was about selling the Common Core State Standards, accountability and high stakes testing. They missed a valuable opportunity to collaborate with schools.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that, among other things, makes a significant change to the state's teacher-evaluation system, a move seemingly prompted by a National Education Association lawsuit. The NEA lawsuit, filed in April, stated that districts, with state approval, were evaluating teachers based on the results of students they hadn't taught or in subjects they don't instruct.
Richard Laine & Chris Minnich -- This country was not built by people with low expectations. It was built by great leaders in communities and states who stepped up, sometimes individually and sometimes together, to achieve great things. It was built by responding to the challenges at hand and creating solutions for future generations.
The vast majority of the 1,430 education programs that prepare the nation’s K-12 teachers are mediocre, according to a first-ever ranking that immediately touched off a firestorm. Released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based advocacy group, the rankings are part of a $5 million project funded by major U.S. foundations.
Valerie Strauss -- There’s a lot being said and written about the Common Core State Standards these days, not all of it accurate. Here’s a smart piece about the initiative by the editors of Rethinking Schools, a nonprofit organization that publishes a magazine of the same name that balances classroom practice and educational theory, while also addressing key policy issues.
At-risk youths in Tulsa could soon have a new path to high school credentials and job skills that would prepare them for the job market immediately.
Through a proposed partnership between Tulsa Technology Center and Tulsa Public Schools, the Tulsa Tech Career Academy would allow high school students to attend school full time on a career tech campus.
In the past few years, educators have been closely watching the evolution of digital games used for learning. With a huge influx of products — whether they’re individual apps for tablets or an entire suite of software — the market is already big and continues to grow, with entire game-based schools cropping up across the country.
Ross Brenneman -- A new study released by the University of Pittsburgh contrasts the behavior of school boys in the United States with those from China, South Korea, and Taiwan. While teachers in each country but China thought of boys as more disruptive than girls, tests showed that the only real differences existed in the United States.
Editorial -- For Tulsa Public Schools, the funding hits just keep on coming.
Thanks to the Great Recession and years of cuts in the state personal income tax by the Legislature and governor, the Tulsa district's state appropriation is more than $20 million less that it was five years ago.
The lawsuit filed by seven Florida teachers last month, challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new teacher evaluation system, was touted as the first of its kind, but it’s unlikely to be the last.