CTE classes are popular, but only 25% of students take courses that could lead to the nation’s biggest industries, new study finds
Business, marketing, tourism and manufacturing make up more than half of U.S. jobs — but students in high school probably don’t know that. Only one-quarter of the career and technical education classes students take are focused on these industries, according to a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C....
By Kate Stringer | April 15, 2019
If you had the money, would you pay off a college admissions officer? 1 in 4 parents say they would, a new poll finds
If you had the money, would you bribe a college official to get your child admitted? Fifteen percent of all American adults would answer yes, according to a new poll. And that number rises to 25 percent for adults who actually have children ages 18 and under. It’s a hypothetical question, but certainly a revealing...
By Kate Stringer | March 20, 2019
How 8 large California districts are using data to decode social-emotional learning — and predict students’ academic success
When some teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District hear students say they’re bad at math, they rephrase. You’re not bad, you’re just not understanding it yet. It’s not too difficult, it’s just challenging right now. These educators are helping students develop a growth mindset, a belief that they can improve their skills through...
By Kate Stringer | March 13, 2019
Scores show 850,000 high school juniors are ready for college. Starting early could save them time — and money. New report asks: why make them wait?
It isn’t news that some students are academically ready for college before high school graduation. But it might be a surprise to know that nearly 1 in 4 11th-graders meet this benchmark at the end of the school year, according to results from the ACT that measure college readiness. Should those students head off to...
By Kate Stringer | February 25, 2019
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