preK-12 education Category

USA Majority-Minority Country by 2044

While graduation rates have been observed at an all time high minority students still lag behind. The U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority country by 2044. Latino students are the fastest growing student population, projected to account for 30% of all students by 2044. 86.6% is the average for white identified students, where as, […]

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Texas-worse than pathetic?!

Link below is an ad.  The contents of the ad are not important.  What IS important is this snapshot of latest Texas achievement gap-actually now a chasm.  Texas, known for standing behind lowest tier academic standards in the Nation-with their Governor enthusiastically rejecting Common Core State Standards, continues to demonstrate what we know to be […]

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At Least They Aren’t Debating Creationism vs. Evolution for Science

Seems like the Brits have similar debates over curriculum, teaching and learning.  Fun piece by Eliza Filby in The Daily Telegraph over arguments on teaching history. Link below: It is worth a read.  At least the Brits aren’t debating Creationism vs. Evolution in their Science standards. JW    

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HS Graduation Rates on the Rise

Good news about US high school graduation rates–see attached article below: Reason for this writer’s take on the good news from the US DOE is the other side of this good news. States, such as Nevada, are still critically low in getting students across the finish line with a high school diploma. JW  

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To Serious Educators–Assessment Matters! (and so does what happens after the testing period)

It’s that time of year, when mostly every K-12 student is assessed on his or her academic progress.  For those of us who believe that a balanced approach to assessment is appropriate, we know that “that which gets measured gets done”.  Not too much testing and using the best assessments are also key. Very important […]

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Pre-K and Prisons

Great article from Nicholas Kristof today in NY Times.  Do we invest in Preschools or Prisons.  We’ve known the research on how funding and operation of quality preschool programs is one of the (maybe the most) effective tool for eradicating poverty and propelling economic growth.  It also has a lot to do with how many […]

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Specific Drivers that Motivate Dropouts to Reconsider Their Options

As a result of statistical analysis, nationwide research, student surveys and student testimony, the following actions appear warranted as interventions before a student drops out: 1. Establish Behavioral, Academic and Attendance Drop Out Indicators at the Middle School Level or Earlier. Behavioral, academic and attendance indicators provide very clear early warning signs of impending abandonment […]

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On the Path Towards Building Awareness

Possibly the most costly and detrimental decision a student can make is to drop out of school.  The evidence is simply overwhelming of the value of a career and college ready diploma.   So much so, that we’re dedicating this blog to help students and school districts make informed decisions about developing career and college pathways […]

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Solving the Drop-Out Crisis: One District at a Time

When we consider 8000 students dropout daily and the class of 2013 had in excess of one million dropouts, it’s no wonder that President Obama called this an epidemic. Atlantic Research Partners completed a thorough analysis of dropouts by surveying 2000 students who had dropped out of high school and conducted research and a literature review […]

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