Online education is available in lots of forms: colleges and universities offer web-based courses, and there’s also free Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs). And now, as Marketplace reports, there’s an option for an even younger group. Companies are now offering complete preschool classwork options that are available to be downloaded online.
There’s a small handful of teacher-led classrooms popping up across the country: about 70, according to a recent PBS NewsHour report. At Boston’s Mission Hill School, there’s a principal, but decisions are made by the entire teaching staff. Teachers say they listen to their students to create the curriculum. But as host John Tulenko asks, does student performance have to improve in order for teachers to be trusted–or will more teacher independence be linked to higher student performance.
At a handful of Central Ohio schools, some students won’t just be earning a diploma during their high school graduation. As the Columbus Dispatch reports, more than a dozen districts are offering students a chance to earn certificates in technical areas. The hope is that this move will open students up to more opportunities in fields like information technology and health care.
A website claiming to be a “Consumer Reports for school materials” will soon start to share reviews about textbooks aligned to the Common Core– and it could change the education market, EdWeek reports. Nearly 20 educators will begin reviewing the textbook’s content. One of the site’s biggest supporters? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an organization has already funneled money into the development of the Common Core.
Until the 1960s, Americans didn’t really have a grasp on the big picture extent of child hunger across America. But as EdWeek reports, it’s still a current problem. Twenty percent of homes with kids are considered food insecure, leaving many to rely on school-provided meal programs.
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The Ohio Department of Education has recalculated report cards in five school districts after correcting for errors resulting from improper data tampering.
More than 100 revisions were made to 2012 and 2013 school report cards in the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Southern Ohio’s Northridge Local school districts.
All four were cited for manipulating – or scrubbing – attendance records in order to discount student test scores that would drag down their schools ratings.
By holding back athletes from cashing in on their image, a federal judge has decided the National Collegiate Athletics Association has gone against antitrust laws. The Chronicle of Education reports the decision could allow college athletes at major universities to earn money when their likenesses is used commercially. The Chronicle says the league is expected to overturn the decision.
More than $2.71 million dollars was approved by the state controlling board for improvement projects projects at public universities across the state. Kent State was awarded the largest amount to further develop a science lab at their Salem campus, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Bad weather meant cancellations. Cancellations meant the department state officials had to extend the spring testing window, and in turn, that pushed back the issue of statewide school report cards.
Typically, the department issues report cards in August, but this year they won’t be accessible until mid-September.
The reports grade schools on a variety of areas, including graduation rates and literacy scores, which could be helpful information for districts to analyze before the start of a new academic year.
Next year marks a milestone anniversary for Head Start, the federally funded preschool and wraparound services program for low-income children. Over 30 million children have utilized the program over the years, EdWeek reports. The program is in for some major changes in the future, including cozying up with schools and other preschool centers– the same places that may have drawn students away from Head Start.