Is the term “gifted student” outdated?

From Education Week:

Whatever we call them, there are students who are ill served by grade-level curriculum—some because they have already mastered it, and others because they are far behind.

One recent study found that, across the United States, 95 percent of kindergartners tested in the fall demonstrated mastery of counting up to 10, [...]

Charter legislation moving in US House

From Education Week: By Alyson Klein

States and districts would be encouraged to help grow high-quality charter schools—and ensure that they enroll and retain English-language learners and students in special education—under a bipartisan bill approved overwhelmingly by the House Education and the Workforce Committee last week.

The measure, which was sponsored by Rep. John Kline, [...]

Is parental involvment overrated?

From the New York Times:

Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.” But evidence from our research suggests otherwise. In fact, most forms of parental involvement, like observing a child’s class, contacting a school about a child’s behavior, helping to decide a child’s high school courses, or [...]

Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds

New York Times Editorial

A new report released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, examining the disciplinary practices of the country’s 97,000 public schools, shows that excessively punitive policies are being used at every level of the public school system — even against 4-year-olds in preschool. This should shame the nation and [...]

City scores exclude special ed students

From Politico

By MAGGIE SEVERNS

12/19/13 5:12 AM EST

When the Baltimore City school district learned of its scores on the district version of the National Assessment of Educational Progress this week, the city hailed its success in reading as a positive sign: There was a 7-point jump in eighth-grade reading scores. Fourth-grade reading [...]

Professor responds to criticisms of teacher prep programs

From the Washington Post:

By Donald E. Heller,

Last week, two of my colleagues from the College of Education at Michigan State University and I wrote a commentary for Education Week about the National Council on Teacher Quality. The organization, a think tank in Washington, evaluates teacher education programs around the country and publishes ratings [...]

SOE’s Success for All in Post story

From the Washington Post:

A program called Success for All, born in Baltimore 26 years ago to improve elementary schools, has set a record for most glowing reports from tough researchers.

But the latest study showing how well it works also hints at why it has not become more popular: It uses ability grouping and [...]

Everyone Graduates Center dropout study shows improvment in NYC

Mentors, wake-up calls to students, incentives and weekly “student success” meetings led by principals helped New York City significantly cut chronic absenteeism in schools, according to a new report by the Everyone Graduates Center at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

The report, “Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism,” examines the impact of [...]

Majority of students in South and West are poor

Study: Poor Children Are Now the Majority in American Public Schools in South, West A majority of students throughout the South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a Southern Education Foundation study that details a demographic shift with broad implications for the country. By 2011, almost [...]

Will schools in Philadelphia open on time?

From Education Week:

Tension between the Philadelphia school district and Pennsylvania state officials continues to grow, with Gov. Tom Corbett’s office telling city school leaders that $45 million in state funds that lawmakers earmarked for the district won’t actually be handed over unless the city’s teachers’ union agrees to significant financial concessions.

The root of [...]