AM News: A-F Grading Advocates Consider Revisions To Model
Tony Bennett scandal sparks new discussion on validity of school grading Tampa Bay Times: Patricia Levesque, who helped create the A-F grading model and now runs former Gov. Jeb Bush's two education foundations, said the dustup in Florida doesn't mean the whole concept should be tossed. "This just shows how powerful the A-F system is," Levesque said. "The fact that the label means something to parents means that it is going to be subject to scrutiny."
Results of New Testing Standard Could Complicate Bloomberg’s Final Months NYT: New York is expected to report a drop in student performance this week as a result of tougher testing standards, giving Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg a potential public relations problem.
Officials scrutinize special-education services at BASIS DC Washington Post: Local and federal officials are scrutinizing BASIS DC, a charter school known for its accelerated curriculum and rigorous expectations, in the wake of allegations that the school has failed to provide special-education students with legally required services.
Parent-trigger efforts in L.A. give parents control of the classroom LA Daily News: Parents at three failing public schools -- two in Los Angeles and one in the High Desert, between L.A. and Las Vegas -- will reopen after parents forced their local school districts to enact sweeping changes at the schools, successfully using California's 2010 "parent-trigger" law.
Should the U.S. Follow South Korea's Education System? WSJ: Mr. Kim works about 60 hours a week teaching English, although he spends only three of those hours giving lectures. He spends most of his week responding to students' online requests for help, developing lesson plans and writing accompanying textbooks and workbooks (some 200 to date).
Duncan: ‘We Have To Get Better Faster’ WBUR: Secretary Duncan defends the Obama administrations’s Race to the Top program, which ties federal funding to improving school performance. “There was this huge, unmet need for reform,” Duncan said.
Missed Summer Learning Spells Out Long-Term Struggles NPR: While children attending academically enriching summer camps can improve their education over the summer, kids without the same opportunities might stagnate. Little slips can compound over time, research shows, widening the achievement gap later in life.
Research Says: Actually, Where You Go To College Matters NPR: Researchers say that blacks and Latinos are underrepresented at the nation's top universities but overrepresented at open-access colleges.