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Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) late last year has been the cause of much celebration by those of us who believed the fulcrum in education policymaking was badly in need of a reset. For decades, the federal role has grown, coercing state leaders and local school officials...
Third graders across the country are proving that higher math standards contribute to significant growth. Results from 2015-2016 test scores show that third graders are making really meaningful gains in math, and the Collaborative for Student Success has put together the infographic, below, to show which states have adopted higher...
Let’s face it—classrooms are very different today than when most of us were in school. Smart boards have replaced chalkboards and projectors. Computers, tablets and smartphones are increasingly being used instead of paper, pencils and books. Technology and the internet have created countless new opportunities for education. Children like yours...
When it comes to violence, suicide and threats, most are known by at least one other individual before the incident takes place. Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something? Say Something teaches students in grades 6 to 12 how to look for warning signs, signals...
The United States faces a need for nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade, but we may not be able to fill more than half of those jobs, according to new research from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute . It's not because of a shortage of individuals: about...
Many educators have latched on to social media as a way to share information with colleagues, parents and community members. But becoming truly connected means much greater engagement—using social media to find and share resources, glean advice on tough dilemmas and build professional learning communities with other colleagues around the...
School districts are spending a lot of money and time to determine whether curricular resources are actually aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or other college- and career-ready standards (CCRS). EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit formed last year, is working with educators across the country to provide a new...
Nearly four decades ago, I encouraged members of Congress to vote for a separate cabinet-level Department of Education. Those working to establish the department felt that its visibility would improve the public discourse on education and lead to more resources for schools as well as better decisions on policy. We...
What if students planned their own out-of-class work? I often wonder at the amount of time a teacher can devote to entering zeroes in to a grade book, day after day. Johnny never does his homework. Parents are called. Parents are told he will get detention. He appears day after...
The Learning First Alliance is joining with EdReports.org and educators at the state and local level for a behind-the-scenes discussion about the importance of aligning instructional materials to college- and career-ready standards. As part of a webinar on Sept. 22, EdReports.org will show how its educator-led reviews are supporting teachers,...