Eye on Education

Theater May Help ESL Students Grasp the Common Core

The Hechinger Report takes a look at one New York classroom where the integration of performing arts into Common Core-aligned lessons may help English-language learners to better understand the material.

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Inside Kelly Budde’s language arts class at Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, 11-year-old Carlos Vazquez was starring in the lead role of the Hairy Frog in the original production, “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.” Vazquez jumped to center stage, strummed his air guitar and sang out: “I can’t get noooooo satisfaction!”

Read more at: hechingerreport.org

Evaluations Rate Most Ohio Teachers as Good


Ohio Education Research Center

A new statewide report finds the overwhelming number of Ohio teachers are doing a good job.

The Ohio Education Research Center, based at Ohio University, was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Education to go through evaluations of 86 thousand teachers.

The research center looked at tests scores and other factors from the first full school-year of state teacher evaluations – 2013-14.

It rated 90 percent of the teachers as either “skilled” or, the highest rating, “accomplished.”

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Youngstown School Officials Ask to Talk with ODE Administrators

The Youngstown City School District has been placed in state-issued academic distress since 2010. And with the recent resignations of two high-level administrators, the Youngstown Vindicator reports the city’s school board wants to schedule a meeting to talk about the district’s future with representatives from the Ohio Department of Education.

“We just want to know if there are any plans for our district that we’re unaware of,” board president Brenda Kimble said.

YOUNGSTOWN If the state has something planned for Youngstown City Schools, Brenda Kimble, school board president, says the school board and district residents have a right to know. At a Monday meeting of the Youngstown City School District Academic Distress Commission, Kimble said she’d like to schedule a meeting among board and commission members, attorneys for both entities, state legislators and Richard Ross, state superintendent of public instruction.

Read more at: www.vindy.com

When It Comes to Medical Schools, Is D.O. The New M.D.?

Osteopathic medical schools awarding D.O. degrees are seeing a huge enrollment increase compared to their M.D. counterparts, U.S. News and World Report reports.

Applicants should consider a school’s location and culture when deciding which medical school to attend, experts say. ​There are two ways to become a doctor. Students can attend either​ an allopathic or an osteopathic medical school, but the latter option is becoming more popular. First-year enrollment at osteopathic schools, which award D.O.

Read more at: www.usnews.com

Cleveland Transformation Alliance Shells Out New District-Wide Grades

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance wasn’t completely happy with the state’s rating system for schools, so as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, the city’s school quality group created its own ranking measures.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Transformation Alliance wanted a simple rating to sum up the quality of each school in the city, but the state’s not providing one right now in state report cards. So it created one. See the new ratings here.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Some Norwegian Students Still Are Turning Down Free College

Despite Norway’s higher education system being practically free, fewer than 15 percent of students from low-income families enroll in classes, compared to the nearly 60 percent of students with college educated parents who head to a university. The Hechinger Report looks at why the gap exists.

OSLO-There’s a saying in famously egalitarian Norway that Curt Rice, the American-born incoming president of the country’s third-biggest university, likes to rattle off: “We’re all sitting in the same boat.” What it means, said Rice, is that, “To single out anyone, we’re against that. That just does not sit well in the Norwegian soul.”

Read more at: hechingerreport.org

Sweet Briar College Will Stay Open– for Now

After a multi-million dollar fundraising push from alumnae, the New York Times reports Virginia’s Sweet Briar College will remain open for a minimum of one more year.

WASHINGTON – A circuit court judge in Virginia on Monday approved a settlement that will allow Sweet Briar College to remain open for at least another academic year, as an alumnae group called on students and faculty to return to the financially troubled women’s college in rural Virginia.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

Are Magnet Schools Still A Viable School Choice Option?

Magnet schools have been popular options in districts nationwide for more than four decades. But while new research in EdWeek reports creating a specialized school can make a district more diverse, schools now face more competition from newer options, including charters.

Changing a neighborhood school into a districtwide magnet can help educators to balance racial diversity, but it’s a tough tightrope act, suggests a new longitudinal study. The research, looking at schools participating in the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program, finds that such programs do boost diversity, but still struggle to achieve a full balance of students of different backgrounds and academic levels.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Roughly 20 Percent of Educators in Ohio’s Urban Districts Rated “Ineffective”

A new report finds the overwhelming majority of the state’s teachers are ranked as “accomplished” or “skilled”, according to the Columbus Dispatch, but there’s a big disparity between educators in the state’s urban districts and their suburban peers.

About 90 percent of Ohio teachers were rated “accomplished” or “skilled,” the top two categories of the state’s teacher evaluation system when it was first implemented in 2013, Ohio researchers said today. But looking at the data across districts, a two-year study published by the Ohio Education Research Center found that evaluation ratings varied, notably in urban districts compared to rural and suburban ones.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Cleveland-Area Charter Sponsor Gets Solid Review from ODE, But Not So Much from Some City Officials

When it comes to one Northeast Ohio-based charter school sponsor, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the state and city officials each give the authorizer differentiating reviews. The Ohio Department of Education says the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation earns an “A”-level grade, but the Cleveland Transformation Alliance says on their scale, the sponsor comes in more at a “C”-level grade.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio just gave glowing grades to the company that oversees a dozen Horizon, Constellation and White Hat charter schools in the city, but local education experts rated it much lower. The Ohio Department of Education just graded the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation at 93.4 percent – a solid A grade in most cases – for its work as a charter school sponsor, or authorizer.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

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