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Schools grapple with illness stay-at-home standards amid battle against learning loss

Administrators and health care professionals are adamant about finding a balance between the necessity of letting sick students stay home and the consequences of children missing school.

The days of optional SAT scores may be coming to an end

Josef Durand, an expert admissions consultant at Quad Education Group, said SAT scores “are a notoriously poor predictor of student success and student potential in college.”

Education experts say they’re ready for AI this time

Artificial intelligence (AI) is blazing a new trail this year in education as schools take concrete steps to incorporate the technology into their teaching, replacing the panic and confusion educators previously faced.

Students’ reading and math scores are abysmal. So why is only one getting attention?

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results showed U.S. students hit an all-time low in their math scores last year while reading scores appear to have plateaued. Out of 81 countries, the U.S. was sixth in reading and 26th in math.

Winter blast cripples much of US, closing schools, snarling travel into Tuesday

Millions of students will have an extra long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, with schools closed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Denver and other major cities, citing cold and snow.

Education set to be a prime focus of state lawmakers this year

The year is expected to bring fresh conversations on how artificial intelligence (AI) use in the classroom should be legislated, as well as debate on matters such as school choice and how to teach subjects including reading.

Schools ramp up battle against chronic absenteeism

There are numerous reasons students are missing school, including socio-emotional troubles, illness and poor academic performance itself—and administrators are tackling the problem in a variety of ways, too.

Schools crack down on cell phones, sparking debate on safety and tech use

Some schools have partnered with companies to implement the use of pouches that students are required to put their phones into at the beginning of the day and that don’t unlock until the final bell rings, while others are threatening punishments including suspension if a student is caught with their phone, even at lunch time.

Where Biden stands on his education campaign promises

President Joe Biden had some lofty education goals during his 2020 campaign. The president made promises that included increased education funding and reforms to higher education and student debt.

Portland, Oregon schools reach tentative agreement with teachers’ union, ending strike

In a news release, PAT said its tentative agreement with the school district includes “expanded language on target class sizes and caseloads including new committees to discuss growing class sizes, improved overage thresholds that cover new classifications of educators, and a guarantee of 410 minutes of protected planning time for educators at every grade level.” 

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