A new report on growing resistance to high-stakes standardized testing around the country finds that the movement is growing and meeting some success in numerous states where officials have decided to cut back on the numbers of tests students must take and/or the consequences for students and educators.Read full article >>
The students at Brookland Education Campus added an extra minute of reading to their school day Monday, joining with readers around the world for International Literacy Day.
The annual event was started by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading worldwide.Read full article >>
At one time many public schools gave students time to read books of their own choosing, an activity based on the common-sense theory that kids will read what interests them, and that kids who can choose what they read will learn to enjoying reading, and, hence, read more. Unfortunately, many schools no longer let students choose any of the materials that they read. Why this is a problem is explained in this post by Joanne Yatvin, a one time Principal of the Year in Wisconsin and a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, who has never been able to kick the reading habit.Read full article >>
The District is looking for a “Chief Student Advocate” to lead a new effort to help students and their families navigate the school choice process and access educational resources they need.Read full article >>
A new study about college-level science shows that all students do much better when traditional lecture classes are made interactive — but those most helped are first-generation and black students.
The study — titled “Getting Under the Hood: How and for Whom Does Increasing Course Structure Work?” — looked at data from six semesters of large science lecture courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers compared student achievement in classes with a traditional structure — in which students listened to a traditional lecture from a teacher and did not do any work until it was time to study the night before an exam — with student achievement in classes that had an interactive structure, in which students did homework that prepared them for performing activities during class, for which they received credit.Read full article >>
As Montgomery County grapples with a whooping cough outbreak, health officials are offering free immunizations to seventh grade students this week, part of a continuing effort to get students in line with new state requirements.Read full article >>