A handful of the largest school districts in the country–including Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati– have worked together to create a guide aimed at helping teachers improve teaching Common Core-focused lessons to students who are learning English as a second language, EdWeek reports. There’s also an accompanying list of criteria teachers can look to when deciding on textbooks. The project was launched after data pointed to teachers being dissatisfied with how their current resources measured up to the new set of learning expectations.
Parents and teachers on Tuesday told the Ohio Board of Education that a recent string of accusations against the Horizon Science Academies is becoming a distraction to student education.
Shahrazad Ali, whose grandson is a freshman at the Horizon Science Academy in Cincinnati,went as far as saying that opponents of charter schools are conducting a “witch hunt.”
Do you donate to your collegiate alma mater? What if you attended multiple schools–do you contribute to all of them? That’s a question that has alumni offices a little worried, the Hechinger Report says. A third of students change schools at least one time over a period of five years, and 25 percent don’t finish where they started, meaning there’s more options to make a donation to as an alumni.
The latest PDK-Gallup poll reveals some very interesting new developments in public opinion regarding education. PDK is Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional organization for educators headquartered in Indiana. Among the most striking findings: The number of Americans’ who believe that a college education is important has plummeted over four years. The poll also reveals some very interesting opinions about the teaching profession. Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post sums up the results.
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Earlier this week, the University of Toledo’s Board of Trustees approved a plan to cut the college’s law school tuition prices by 13 percent.
Ohio University president Roderick McDavis recently challenged his counterpart in the school’s student senate, Megan Marzec, to raise awareness and money for Lou Gehrig’s disease through the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.” But instead of pouring ice over her head like the viral video craze typically indicates, she dumped fake blood on herself. The move, she says, was to support Palestinians and urge the university to cut any ties with Israel. Inside Higher Ed reports her response has caused quite the debate, both on campus and off.
Have three years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree with a B average? If so, and you’re up to taking a content test and enrolling in a program to hone some teaching skills, then you can become an educator in Indiana. These teachers are technically called “career specialists,” NPR’s education team reports, and can act as a way to address teacher shortages. There’s a handful of these options nationwide, but those involved with traditional teacher education programs are feeling concerned over this new route.
Analysis by the Beacon Journal shows 363 of Ohio’s 610 school districts did better on state tests, but 143 of the 363 higher-performing schools will receive lower grades on their state report cards. That’s because the threshold for success was raised. Now, 80 percent of students must score as “proficient” in each tested grade and subject, up from 75 percent in previous years, for the district to receive the same passing grade, writes the Beacon Journal’s Doug Livingston.
State report cards for school districts and individual schools are out, with yet more changes as the Ohio Department of Education continues to tweak the annual assessment.
As with last year, the report cards don’t assign overall grades to districts and schools, but DO give grades in a range of assessment categories.
StateImpact Ohio’s Bill Rice spoke with ideastream’s Tony Ganzer about what’s in the report cards and what’s different this year.
It’s not just students who receive report cards. School districts earn them, too.
To calculate the statewide report cards, officials at the Ohio Department of Education look at a wide variety of data from the state’s schools, including how well students perform on state tests, how many students are actually passing those tests, and if any progress has been made to close achievement gaps.
In the past, districts used to receive blanket labels like “Continuous Improvement” or “Excellent with Distinction” based on their performance. But the ODE has now shifted to ranking nine categories with an A-F grade. Each district will receive an overall A-F grade by the 2015-16 school year.