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Is the new AP U.S. History really anti-American?

What changed and what didn’t in the latest “Common Core” version of the class? Why all the controversy?


Cramming for Common Core: one Mississippi school district has to make big changes in limited time

Fourth grade math teacher Adelia Weatherspoon teaches her class Common Core math at Higgins Middle School in McComb.
By Kayleigh Skinner

McComb, Miss. – Before school began in this small Mississippi town, teachers at McComb High School and Higgins Middle School received a massive binder full of instructional strategies outlining how to pace their classes. “All of that information seems so overwhelming at first,” recalls Tokie Young-Butler, whose job is to provide resources to teachers. McComb’s […]


Mining educational data by inventing apps for all to use

In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Pre-K students use electronic tablets at the South Education Center in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
By Annie Murphy Paul

One indisputable effect of introducing technology into education has been the generation of unprecedented amounts of electronic data on America’s public school students — their attendance, their test scores, their graduation rates, and many other kinds of information that can now be tracked and stored in massive databases. What to do with all this data […]


How college ed programs try, fail to recruit teachers of color

Marisol Wager, a science teacher, assists a student in her bilingual science class. Ossining High School offers two science courses and one math course for students who are native Spanish speakers. (Photo: Jackie Mader)
By Andre Perry

Nationally, black males account for 2 percent of the teacher population. Blacks in total represent 8 percent of all teachers; Latinos, 7 percent; and Asians, 2 percent. My 3-year-old son could have approximately 50 different teachers by the time he graduates from high school. How many times should he expect to see an African American […]


Facing money and enrollment squeeze, more women’s colleges go coed

By Alexandria Neason

Twenty-five years ago, when dwindling enrollment at Wilson College in Pennsylvania threatened to close its doors, a swell of opposition by staff and students stopped it. This year, the college will turn to its only other option — admitting men. Like other women’s colleges, Wilson says it can no longer afford to serve only half […]


Teachers figure out when to turn technology on, and when to turn it off

By Alexandria Neason

This summer, nearly 100 new and veteran teachers from the New York City public schools became students themselves. The subject? How to introduce blended learning into their classrooms. Blended learning combines online and teacher-led instruction. Instead of learning in a traditional, lecture style classroom, students use laptops or tablets to study independently and move through the […]


Want to be rated ‘highly effective’ in New York? Don’t teach English or math in grades 4-8

By Aaron Pallas

English and math teachers in grades 4-8 in New York are much less effective in promoting student growth on state assessments (or comparable measures) than other teachers in the Empire State. Does that sound plausible? That teachers of particular subjects in particular grades are just not as good at promoting student learning? Perhaps not. But […]


Homeless students increase by 58 percent in past six years

By Jill Barshay

Despite signs of a national economic recovery, homelessness in U.S. public schools steadily increased 8 percent, to 1.26 million students, in the 2012-13 school year from the previous year. That may not sound terrible, but consider that it is part of a 58 percent jump in the number of homeless students in the six years […]


How we can use the spotlight of Vergara to raise teaching standards

Kat Czujko
By Kat Czujko

I was in my second year of teaching when an English teacher at my school told me that Maria could copy her reading summaries right out of the book since “at least she tried to do her homework.”  Now 18, Maria is taking 9th grade math for the fourth time and barely has enough credits […]


Colleges take cues from private business to improve their customer service

File photo of a group of graduating Richland Community College students recite an oath after receiving their nursing pins in Decatur, Ill. (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Mark Roberts)
By Jon Marcus

CLAYTON, Missouri — The man in the impeccably tailored black suit has the people in his audience engrossed as he describes the secrets that have made his multibillion-dollar company internationally known for customer service. They’re here to find out how to do a better job of it themselves, in this case from a general manager […]


What urban districts need to know to get their English language learners up to Common Core standards

Emmanuel Angeles, raises his hand to be called on while doing a worksheet in an English Language Learner summer school class at the Cordova Villa Elementary School in Rancho Cordova, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
By Emmanuel Felton

California’s large urban school districts are failing to consistently provide quality instruction to students with limited English language proficiency, according to Patricia Gardara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. “The large urban districts tend to have highly disproportionate poverty, transiency, and urban problems, which must be dealt with in addition to the regular […]

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