Grade inflation is more common among students from affluent families, according to a study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which compared North Carolina algebra students' GPAs, their scores on the state's standardized tests and their ACT college entrance exams. Author Seth Gershenson, an education economist at American University, said that grade inflation acts as a "self-fulfilling prophecy" that may widen the socioeconomic gap in education.
A Colorado school district is implementing a literacy curriculum known as "balanced literacy" that integrates reading and writing lessons. Some teachers use the writing portion, but professional development will be offered to help teachers bring together their reading and writing instruction.
Educators can make math relevant to students by incorporating it across subjects and focusing more on "computational thinking," says Conrad Wolfram, founder of Computers-Based Math. In this Q&A, Wolfram argues that since computers do most of the computation these days, students need to learn how to answer more complex questions.
Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.
A Missouri school district aims to have all of its elementary-school students work on or observe 101 science experiences throughout the school year to help boost science learning. The lessons focus on the experiences common around them, such as using sand and water to learn about erosion.
Virginia middle-school principal Hamish Brewer skateboards down school hallways and maintains a unique leadership style rooted in the belief that every student is capable of learning and deserves a voice. "You show me a kid that can't learn, I've just met a teacher that gave up on 'em," Brewer says.
Educators should not shy away from addressing race and racism, National Board Certified Teacher Leah Wilson asserts in a response to a question posed in this blog post. Wilson shares that it has been her practice to have open conversations with students, including about racist language in novels.
A new Saturday math club held by one Louisiana school district wants to improve the math skills of area elementary and middle-school students. Club members will go on field trips and hear from professionals about why math is important, district officials say.
Black students and students with disabilities in California are losing more instructional days to suspensions, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles. They looked at data about suspensions in California and found that the rate of lost time for black seventh- and eighth-graders during the 2016-17 school year was 76 days of school for every 100 students -- compared with 19 days among white students.
Teachers at a Massachusetts school are working to encourage students to read by asking businesses to supply books, snacks and amenities for an off-campus literacy retreat. Students will spent four sessions at the retreat doing independent reading time of selected books and related literacy activities from read-alouds to writing in journals.