A majority of students and parents participating in a recent Gallup poll said formative and interim assessments are useful in the classroom. Support for state-run standardized testing was lower, with 41% of students saying such assessments are helpful to learning, and 26% of parents saying they help improve the quality of teaching.
About 2,200 students are enrolled in Aviation High -- a program operated through the New York City public school system and accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration. Students attend classes at John F. Kennedy International Airport and graduate with a high-school diploma and a license permitting them to work in aviation.
Higher education must seek out innovative ideas to boost graduation rates and provide equitable access to students of all economic and racial backgrounds, US Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell said this week. "We need to innovate so that the people who have too often been left behind get the good stuff first."
Officials working on textbook updates in California are considering how to refer to the region that includes India, Pakistan and Nepal. At issue is whether to refer to the region as India or South Asia -- with scholars and advocates taking opposing sides of the issue.
Teaching computer science to all students is a goal for many schools. To help reach this goal, some states allow computer science to satisfy math, science or foreign-language requirements. Other efforts include integrating the subject in prekindergarten through 12th grade.
Early-childhood intervention programs should be based on the most current brain science research, according to a report by Harvard University researchers. In the report, they call for new ways to create and test interventions, including development of an online and in-person network.
English teacher Marjie Bowker has helped her Washington state high-school students transform and grow through the experience of writing their personal stories of pain and trauma. Students learn about the writing and editing process while working on their narrative stories, which are later performed with readings for the school and published in an annual anthology.
About 68% of teachers are using online video in instruction and 48% are engaging students in gaming, according to a report from Project Tomorrow. More than half of the administrators surveyed -- 54% -- said that encouraging teachers to include digital learning in their classroom practice is a top priority.
Tapping into students' emotions can help them learn, asserts Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a former seventh-grade teacher and current associate professor at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. "It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don't care about," she said.
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