What’s in a report card? Depends on who you ask. New report shows that parents and teachers have very different understandings of grades & tests
If a child earns a B– in math on his report card, is that a good grade, or does it mean he’s the worst in the class? Ask a parent and a teacher, and you’ll likely hear very different answers. But that disconnect is just the beginning when it comes to how these two groups...
By Kate Stringer | December 17, 2018
‘It was a shocker’: National student survey shows bullying on the rise over last three years, particularly among students of color in majority white schools
Something was wrong. This year, the nonprofit YouthTruth started noticing an upsetting trend. The organization, which works to improve school climate and culture by distributing anonymous student surveys in districts, was noticing an increase in bullying rates. Sonya Heisters, YouthTruth’s director of partnerships and outreach, observed it first in Quincy, Washington. The rural district, perched...
By Kate Stringer | October 2, 2018
From California to Rhode Island, what a new national report on personalized learning practices reveals about teacher enthusiasm — and the bureaucratic hurdles of school districts
When school districts adopt personalized learning, the bulk of the work falls to teachers, who, while excited about the opportunity to innovate, are often not supported by their school systems to implement and share their ideas. That’s according to new research from the Center for Reinventing Public Education, which analyzed the efforts of districts and...
By Kate Stringer | June 21, 2018
California’s CORE districts joined forces to bolster social-emotional development, but a study of 400,000 kids reveals gaps in learning & a confidence crisis among middle school girls
As they progress through school, students are getting better at believing they can master challenging subjects, but they are getting worse at managing their behavior and empathizing with others. Those are highlights of a recent study of nearly 400,000 California students in some of the state’s largest school districts, which have collaborated over the past...
By Kate Stringer | June 12, 2018
DeKalb Elementary: Filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated short talks about the Georgia school shooting that wasn’t
It was a school shooting with a very different ending. On Aug. 20, 2013, a man walked into an elementary school in DeKalb County, Georgia, with an AK-47 and 500 rounds of ammunition. Shots were fired. Students were in lockdown. But no one got hurt. Many say that is thanks to Antoinette Tuff, the school...
By Kate Stringer | February 28, 2018
Back to class after the Olympics: How Classroom Champions is pairing athletes with schools to offer unique lessons on grit, goals, and perseverance
She’s one of the best bobsledders in the world. She was one of the first women to compete against men in the four-man bobsled. She’s won two world championships and three Olympic medals, including the silver last week in PyeongChang, South Korea. Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor is also a mentor for six classrooms in the...
By Kate Stringer | February 25, 2018
These 3 California school networks are models for new Gates Foundation investments in education
Of the $1.7 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to public education over the next five years, the majority will go toward supporting innovations within schools that have joined together in collaborative networks. Philanthropist Bill Gates made the announcement in Cleveland Thursday afternoon during his keynote speech at the Council of...
By Kate Stringer | October 19, 2017
Q&A with Alexis Morin on Students for Education Reform, youth power, and achieving educational justice
Four years ago, a group of college students from across Los Angeles gathered in a coffee shop to share stories. Some of them were difficult to hear: what it felt like to take remedial classes, to be talked down to by a professor, to be the first person in their neighborhood or family to attend...
By Kate Stringer | September 22, 2017
ESSA reviewers call out California’s plan as weak on identifying low-performing students and schools
California owes the U.S. Department of Education an ESSA plan on Sept. 18, but the current draft doesn’t do enough to identify low-performing students and schools, according to a recent independent review. Out of nine criteria, Bellwether Education Partners gave the state’s plan for complying with the new federal accountability law six low scores. Proposals for...
By Kate Stringer | August 29, 2017
New rankings: Most & least educated cities, a tale of two Californias
An annual ranking of America’s most and least educated places reveals a true split in California when it comes to educational equity, with six cities scoring in the top 10 and six cities scoring at the very bottom. San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, taken together, scored third while the area encompassing San Francisco, Oakland,...
By Kate Stringer | July 25, 2017