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December 9, 2010
Dennison Elementary earns 2nd Blue Ribbon Award
VIDEO: Dennison Elementary School in Lakewood is the only Colorado school to be named a Blue Ribbon Award winner by the U.S. Department of Education twice. Read this story and watch the video showing what makes Dennison teachers and students tick.
December 3, 2010
Week of 11/29/10: Teaching & learning tidbits
Colorado's charter school law gets a B, Rhee heads to Florida, Bill Gates says forget small class sizes, $2 million for educator effectiveness in Colo., more students getting diplomas than ever, Colorado's role in global math/science study.
December 1, 2010
Ask an Expert: Is my son ready for "advanced kindergarten"?
An educational expert weighs in on advanced kindergarten programs. Denver Public Schools offers an advanced kindergarten, but this expert encourages parents to think things through before enrolling their child.
November 23, 2010
Ask an Expert: Getting my child to do homework without a fight.
Here are some excellent suggestions to help you get away from the nightly battle over homework.
November 5, 2010
Week of Nov. 1: Teaching & learning tidbits
This week's T&L tidbits are juicy indeed: Michelle Rhee's parting words; new tech grants for Colo. schools, an overview on teaching math and science in the nation's schools and a push for social studies to be tested on standardized tests in Colorado.
September 24, 2010
VIDEO: Teacher shares middle school math tips
Award-winning Sky Vista Middle School math teacher Carrie Heaney talks about the importance of students asking at least one thoughtful question each day in math class. Cherry Creek’s Heaney was one of two Colorado teachers chosen to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2010.
August 20, 2010
Ask an Expert: Questions about my daughter’s IEP.
If your child’s IEP team determines that it is appropriate for her to have a modified curriculum, she should not be held to the state curriculum standards. Rather, her IEP goals should become her primary academic targets. A modified curriculum will generally be appropriate for fewer than 2 percent of all students.
August 10, 2010
VIDEO: Math tips to help your middle school daughter
Award-winning Sky Vista Middle School teacher Carrie Heaney shares tips for parents who want to help their middle school-age daughters improve in math. Cherry Creek’s…
June 4, 2010
New testing schedule complicates NYC's summer school plans
When the state announced plans to push back the date of the annual tests, some teachers and administrators bristled. But now the change is complicating a rite of passage: figuring out which students are promoted to the next grade and which are going to summer school. This year's delayed testing schedule puts New York City in the awkward position of choosing which students to send to summer school without knowing whether they passed the state's annual math and English exams. Currently, schools have their students' raw test scores, but they don't know whether the scale score passes the official state cut-off for passing, because the state hasn't set cut-off scores yet. In response, the city is working with the state to set their own cutoff scores months before the official results come out in August.
July 22, 2009
New timeline packs state tests into a 10-day window next year
City schoolchildren will need to boost their test-taking endurance before next spring, when students in grades 3 through 8 take two state tests just four school days apart. A revised exam schedule released by the state today dramatically condenses the testing timeline. It also halves the length of time alloted to scoring, eliciting concern from educators statewide about how schools will manage the new schedule. The state announced last month that it would be moving state English language arts and math tests, previously given in January and March, closer to the end of the school year. City schools officials said then that they had lobbied for the change but hoped that the two tests would be separated by at least some time. The schedule released today separates the two tests by just four school days.
June 1, 2009
New state math scores reflect "measured gains," officials say
A slide from the state's test score PowerPoint presentation The results of the 2009 state math test are in, and state officials are welcoming them as a sign of overall, if modest, improvement. More students across the state in grades 3-8 met the proficiency standards than in the previous four years, with 86.4 percent of them scoring proficient, compared to 80.7 percent last year and just 65 percent in 2006, when the state instituted a new math curriculum. In New York City, the percentage of students that met the state's proficiency standard jumped to 81.8 percent this year from 74.3 percent in 2008. Unlike with this year's reading test scores, the math test scores showed similar increases in the percentage of students testing as proficient or better and the scale scores that students posted. Statewide, scale scores, which are considered the most statistically useful way to evaluate test score gains, rose by six points in 2009. New York City slightly edged out the rest of the state, with an 8-point scale score gain.
May 21, 2009
Momentum is building to administer state tests later in the year
An effort to move state tests later in the year is gaining momentum, following a state Education Department survey that shows wide support among teachers for the change. More than 80 percent of nearly 23,000 parents, teachers, and school administrators the department surveyed this spring said they favor at least some rescheduling of the tests, and the state Board of Regents could implement a change as soon as the 2010-2011 school year, a member said. Right now, students take English tests in January and math tests in March, but critics have said the timing doesn't give teachers enough time to bring students up to grade level. The early testing also makes it difficult to use test scores to evaluate teachers' effectiveness. The Board of Regents, the state board that sets education policy, requested the survey. Betty Rosa, a Regents member from the Bronx, said that the Regents are likely to propose a change in the timing of tests for the 2010-2011 school year. "All the members have been very, very united on this front," Rosa said. Merryl Tisch, the new Regents chancellor, did not return several requests for comment.
December 10, 2008
The old "new math" in city schools
Educators have been worrying about American students' math performance for decades. 1939 saw the introduction of innovative teaching techniques to some New York City math classrooms: Rather than learning "to compute for the sake of computation," students learned arithmetic by applying it to baseball statistics, electrical bills, and other real-life situations, "informal, human and vital." At the time, some claimed students' failure in high school math classes could be attributed to Regents exams: On the high school level, where algebra, geometry, and trigonometry are still rigid, formalized subjects, a 25 percent failure record still exists. Officials have blamed the Regents examinations, in part, for this condition. The rest of the article is after the jump.
November 25, 2008
EdTrust: Too few expert teachers, especially in poor schools
About one in six secondary school classes in the United States is taught by a teacher who didn't major in the subject and isn't certified to teach it, a new report by the Education Trust concludes. The problem is even worse in schools with a high percentage of poor students, where more than a quarter of classes may be taught by an "out-of-field" teacher. Middle school classes and math classes are also more likely to be taught by less-expert teachers, the report says. This is worrisome because previous studies have found that secondary school teachers with more expertise in their content area get better results from students — especially in math. Bringing it closer to home, New York State does better than the national average in making sure that classes are taught by teachers who know their subjects well, according to the Education Trust report. Still, a look at more recent data shows that although it has narrowed somewhat, a teacher-qualifications gap persists in New York State.
September 5, 2008
It’s Friday, just show a video: Math embedded in real-life in a Moroccan school
Marrakesh - olives, <em>by ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/goofball/497059788/##goofball12##</em>. From average to perimeter to speed, students at a school in Morocco practice mathematics in the context of…
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