The back to school season has many of us thinking about going to bed earlier, shopping for school supplies, studying and textbooks. Reporters are evidently thinking the same, in addition to pension costs, budgets and the newly released 3-8 test scores. For more information, check out these stories from this week’s Friday Rundown.
The first round of test scores since Common Core’s implementation have been released. This prompted the State’s release of a parent “bill of rights” to clarify how the data could be used and privacy requirements pertaining to the results. Now, people are wondering how schools are going to utilize the new feedback and whether students and teachers can rise to the curriculum. The challenges that districts face, such as integrating the standards into Special Education and the new TASC exam requiring high school equivalency students to meet the standards, are also making headlines this week.
School is getting more expensive and so are school supplies. As back to school season approaches are you ready to spend a little extra? If not, maybe your community is doing something to help families out like the communities in the news this week:
Schools are thinking outside of the box to try to offer the best to their students. Districts have been faced with funding challenges and state and national mandates that have made it difficult to provide things such as learning technology, healthy foods that students want to eat and alternative programming for non-traditional students. Districts and students have been forced to be creative to find solutions.
Unions are dominating the news this week with debates on teachers’ healthcare costs, pensions, raises and tenure. In addition, union leaders have expressed their opinions on Common Core and the upcoming election. As the new school year and the next election approach, political leaders and educators are searching for a solution. This week they’re discussing the benefits of performance based raises for teachers, tweaking the Common Core standards and litigating against tenure.
Happy holiday weekend! Starting with the national news, in the spirit of the Fourth of July, the nation’s top education headlines include: Global competitiveness, Common Core, standardized testing and more.
School may be out for summer, but there’s a lot happening right now in the world of education. With high school graduations happening this week and next around the state, it seems like a great time to look at graduation rates: