Of the 45 states and the District of Columbia that adopted the Common Core State Standards, eight have repealed them and 21 have made or are making mostly minor changes to the standards. Mike Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, describes Common Core as a "much better recipe for student achievement."
Students, educators, residents and elected officials across the US are among those changing how -- and if -- Columbus Day is marked in their communities. For example, a pair of high-schoolers who are also Tlingit tribe members sought changes in Edmonds, Wash., to mark Columbus Day along with Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 2, while communities in Maine, New Hampshire and Tennessee also debated the issue.
Students of Georgia middle-school teacher Ashley Hare dress up once a week as if they are going to work as part of a business education computer science course. Hare says the program helps students practice "soft skills" sought by employers, such as shaking hands and being punctual.
Students at Massachusetts middle school recently met in small groups to discuss the book they picked to read during the summer. While previous efforts called on all students to read the same book, the shift to a book-club format allowed students to choose a book from a list of 50 titles and gather with peers, plus a teacher, who chose the same book for in-school club activities.
A Missouri middle school's library offers five ukuleles for students and staff to check out a week at a time. The instrument program complements the school's popular ukulele club, said library media specialist Christie Brown, who started the ukulele loan program after reading about a program at another school.
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have received approvals for their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, but some plans may have fallen short of the ambitions hoped for, according to this analysis. This article explores four takeaways from the approvals.
More than 39 million students have internet access at school that allows for digital learning -- up from 4 million in 2013 -- according to a report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway released Tuesday. The growth is attributed to investment in the federal E-Rate program.
The Strong Workforce Program in California invests $200 million annually in career education programs that provide training in welding, mechanics and other vocations. Fifteen colleges are part of the regional consortium, which has worked to expand career training.
The biggest change in commuting trends is reflected in the number of people who work from home, according to a US Census Bureau report. More than 2.7 million additional people worked from home in 2016, avoiding the 26.6 minutes of average commuting time nationally that increased from 25.1 the previous decade.
New Minnesota high-school principal Jason Paske says one of his goals is to build positive relationships with students, teachers and staff to boost academic performance. Paske says educators at his school also will use assessment data to improve teaching and learning processes.
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