Earlier this month I wrote about Andrea Rediske, who had fought a long battle with the Florida Department of Education over a requirement that her blind and brain-damaged son, Ethan, who also suffered from cerebral palsy, take state-mandated standardized tests. Rediske managed to win a waiver for her son, but recently, while he lay dying in a hospital, she was required to fill out paperwork proving that Ethan could not take a new standardized test this year. Ethan passed away on Feb. 7, at home with his parents at his side.Read full article >>
One of the story lines of this college admission cycle is how many universities are looking for alternatives to the Common Application after the rocky rollout of its latest online version.
This week the University of Chicago, a Common App member since 2008, announced that it will add the Universal College Application as an option for the next cycle.Read full article >>
A trial in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal is just three months away, and this week a high-ranking former official in the school system pleaded guilty and became what the Fulton County District Attorney’s office calls “the state’s most valuable witness.”Read full article >>
How do children really learn to read? Answering that question is Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University. She also writes books for teachers.Read full article >>
The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | Tunisian B-Boys’ Biggest Battle: Keeping Youths From Extremism
The National Science Foundation has for years been partnering with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, to present a series of 10 videos and other materials explaining the science, technology, engineering, design and mathematics behind Olympic winter sports. The stories in the videos are told by athletes as well as engineers and scientists. Below are some of the winter sports videos, including a tutorial on engineering the half pipe and the physics behind ice figure skating. And you can find others here .Read full article >>
A classroom skit that third-graders were preparing to present in a Prince George’s County elementary school was canceled after a parent alerted school officials to material she thought was offensive to immigrants.Read full article >>