AM News: Attendance Averages Hide Absence Problems
Up to 15 Percent of Students Chronically Skip School, Johns Hopkins Finds NYT: A study by researchers at John Hopkins University found that as many as 15 percent of students miss at least one school day in 10, and have gone undetected because of the way attendance is measured. ALSO Chronic Absenteeism Hurts Millions Of Students HuffPost, Study: 7.5 million students miss a month of school each year USAT
Fla. Students Crash After State Raises Bar On Test NPR: The Florida Board of Education has voted to temporarily lower the passing grade for its state writing test after a dramatic drop in scores on this year's exam. The state had made the test more difficult and raised the passing grade in an attempt to upgrade standards. But education officials were stunned when preliminary results showed the passing rate for 4th graders this year had plummeted from 80 percent to less than 30 percent.
House Panel Takes A Look at School Choice, Parent Triggers Politics K12: Parent trigger laws have gotten a lot of attention lately—and they're about to get even more when theHollywood version comes out later this year.
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What Does a First-Grade Journalist Look Like? PBS: When my colleague Mike Fritz and I headed down to St. Petersburg, Fla., recently, we knew we were going to see young journalists at work. It's not too hard to imagine that middle school students with a bit of training can write for a newspaper or even shoot video; plenty of kids have cellphones with cameras these days. But birthing journalists from first grade? I couldn't imagine how it was done -- until we arrived at Melrose Elementary, a journalism magnet school.
CPS plans 60 more charters in 5 years Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools plans to create 60 more charter schools over five years, which would increase the share of privately run charters to about a quarter of all schools in the district.
OSSE report: District pays at least $10 million to educate non-resident students Washington Post: The District has been trying to save a few dollars by reducing the number of special education students in expensive private schools at public expense.
Some elementary foreign language programs losing ground as budget cuts take toll Boston Globe: Biting into foreign tongues Traditional foreign language classes have been stripped from Massachusetts elementary schools over the past decade, forced out by tight budgets and high-stakes testing.
99 Percent of N.Y. School Budgets Meeting Tax Cap Pass NYT: School officials said the high passage rate reflected tight budgets and staff cuts as most districts fought to stay under the new limit.