When we say “student achievement,” it usually refers to things that can be measured by assessments. But the continued unquestioning use of test scores as a proxy for the larger picture of student achievement and teacher effectiveness may be a mistake.
A controversial proposal about sex education at Colorado public schools is a step closer to becoming a state law. The bill expands the discussion of LGBTQ relationships and would ban the abstinence-only approach. Schools will have to accept the more comprehensive curriculum or teach nothing at all.
A new grading system for Oklahoma Public Schools has been unanimously approved for release by the State Board of Education. Although it’s still based on an “A-F” grading scale, there are several differences from the current system.
Following the debate at a high school using the name “Indians” as a mascot, the Maine Education Department is urging schools to refrain from using mascots and logos depicting Native Americans. A notice was sent to schools last week asking to not use mascots depicting tribes, individuals, customs or traditions.
Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White voted against a measure favoring Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposed teacher raises and funding increase for K-12 education, despite his “full-throated support” for the concept. White voiced concern regarding the lack of additional funding for early childhood care and education.