Giving parents and students the ability to choose their school is promoted by supporters as the key to improving American education overall. On the surface, the idea has great appeal. Who, after all, opposes having choices? Indeed, both Republican and Democratic policymakers have embraced school choice in various forms that...
As the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their kindred iterations continue to gain traction in schools around the country, staff development efforts have been bringing in-service educators up to speed, and colleges of education have been adjusting their curricula to ensure that the field’s newest professionals are also ready...
According to the 2015 National Survey on College and Career-Ready Literacy Standards and Collaborative Professional Learning, 91 percent of teachers surveyed report working on standards implementation during collaborative time with colleagues, with 77 percent rating it valuable or extremely valuable in supporting their transition to new literacy standards. And 73...
Dr. Nate Jensen, a member of the research team at the Northwest Evaluation Association, discusses the value of assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the misconceptions that accompanied the implementation of new assessments in some states. Jensen explains how comparisons of student scores on the old and...
In today’s competitive and political atmosphere, school leaders often ask us about strategies and tactics to build trust and confidence in our schools — let alone how to enhance the reputation of public education. We always offer solutions on a number of fronts, but we also ask leaders to think...
Bullying means many different things to different people, but one thing is certain: bullying hurts, and it can impact any student. Did you know the latest data shows that 24 percent of female students and 19 percent of male students report being bullied at school? 1. What is bullying? Bullying...
On your marks . . . get set . . . TEACH! I want you to think about those words. If you were in an interview, or perhaps planning your perfect lesson, how would you do it? What tools do you have in your utility belt that you can pull...
Following is a series of blogs by Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, as he travels with AASA's president and other U.S. education representatives through Austria to learn about that country's education system. St. Polten, Austria – In Austria, children attend “Primary” schools for grades one...
When “A Nation at Risk” was published more than 32 years ago, it sparked impassioned calls for reform to our irreparably broken education system. Like most sparks and passions, education reform eventually flickered away in a disappointing puff of smoke, leaving the education system no better, and in some ways...
This post is part of a series on digital equity from Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking. Read Keith's introduction to the series here . In this post, I will highlight data on the scope of the digital equity problem in the United States. In the political...