The number of students who perform above grade level in English and math may be higher than previously thought, according to an analysis of data from three states. Data show ranges between 25% and 45%, compared with estimates of 5% to 15%.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has proposed a $500-million federal program to curb bullying. Under the program, states would need to pass anti-bullying laws and invest their own money to qualify for funding, which could be used to hire social workers, psychologists and other professionals.
School leaders, government education agencies, policymakers and parents have a new free tool at their disposal to compare and navigate school resources. The LiveStories IQ tool was developed as part of a US Department of Education initiative called the Opportunity Project.
Michigan has joined the US Department of Education's #GoOpen initiative, which emphasizes the use of free open educational resources. Officials in one district expect to save between $80,000 and $100,000 each time the district forgoes purchasing traditional textbooks and uses OERs instead.
There were 427,910 children in foster care in 2015 -- up from 414,429 the year before -- according to an annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services. "The national number of children in foster care is still far below where it was 10 years ago, but any increase is cause for concern," said Mark Greenberg, acting assistant secretary for children and families for HHS.
Public schools often double as polling places during elections, and while some schools always close on election day, more are choosing to do so this year because of safety concerns and expected higher voter turnout. Some schools that are not closing have moved polling to other buildings to help address potential challenges.
Fourth- and eighth-grade students on average showed improved mastery of science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to results released today. "We're seeing racial achievement gaps in the sciences narrowing in the fourth and eighth grades ... and the gender gaps also are closing," Education Secretary John King Jr. said.
Several New Hampshire schools are using grant funds to pilot a competency-based learning model with multi-age classes. Educators say the unusual pairing of multi-age classes with the competency model helps better manage the cost of providing more teachers to personalize learning for the students.
Students need to slow down and think deeply about real-world problems, writes Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. In this blog post, Chandler shares the benefits of methodically addressing issues through a problem-solving process.
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