Earlier today, ideastream’s Nick Castele filled WBUR’s Here and Now in about why three Northeast Ohio schools chose to close over Ebola fears.
Next year school report cards will come later than the usual late August roll out, according to a report this week by Plain Dealer reporter Patrick O’Donnell. That’s because the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), won’t be setting new testing cut scores – the minimum score needed for a passing grade – until next fall. PARCC tests will be given to all students in Ohio for the first time this spring, and school evaluations will hinge on how students perform on those tests.
This November 4th voters in Cleveland will decide whether to keep money flowing to replace or upgrade school buildings.
Issue 4 on the Cleveland ballot asks voters to approve selling bonds to extend a school construction run that began in 2001.
Back then, a roof collapse at East High School set in motion a levy campaign to raise 380 million dollars through to address the decrepit state of school buildings all around the city.
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Nearly half the teachers in the classroom said in August that have not been adequately prepared to teach to the Common Core – learning standards that emphasize reasoning over rote memorization.
That national survey got us wondering if the next generation of teachers is getting the prep they need.
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An Ohio House committee held a rare evening hearing to once again discuss a controversial bill that would repeal the state’s education standards — known as the Common Core.
A panel of lawmakers have heard and received testimony from about 200 people regarding the effort to repeal the Common Core.
Lawmakers scheduled the meeting at night to get the perspective from teachers.
In 2002, President George W. Bush signed the “No Child Left Behind” bill into law. The policy’s goal was to make sure every student hit the required benchmark of proficiency for their grade level. But as NPR’s Education Team reports, that hasn’t exactly been the case over the past 12 years.
The word “bullying” is consistently used in education and parenting circles. But as EdWeek reports, experts differ on how to properly define the word, saying that many of the most influential studies don’t have a consistent definition or way of measurement. This can also leave parents in the dark.
“There’s a tremendous disconnect between how the term is used colloquially by students, teachers, and parents, and how researchers and advocacy types define it,” sociologist David Finkelhor told the publication.
Teachers in Reynoldsburg will move back into their classrooms today after both the district and union signed off on a three-year contract Thursday. The pact continues automatic annual raises that district officials had originally proposed eliminating, and awards eligible teachers with additional merit pay. Group health insurance, which would also have been eliminated under the district’s original proposal, is likewise preserved. A third major sticking point – whether or not to restrict class sizes – was resolved with both sides agreeing to “aspirational” goals but not hard limits. Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.
About 66 percent of millennials don’t have a college degree. But as WBUR reports, that majority is often depicted as a minority. A study from Pew Research Center says that millennials who have college degrees make about $17,500 more than their counterparts who have strictly a high school diploma.
“There’s been a lot of attention paid to the adversities facing college-educated millennials, but generally the college-educated young adults, they’re doing better than earlier generations of college-educated young adults,” said Pew’s Richard Fry told WBUR.
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And now add another subject to that list: talking about the importance of properly integrating technology and education.
ideastream’s Brian Bull caught up with him recently in Cleveland, where Wozniak touched on that subject.
“Technology is the essential and most important academic tool that we’ve ever had in our history,” Wozniak told Bull. “Has it made kids, students, learn more and come out smarter and better thinkers? That’s the funny thing, I have to say “no” to that.”