Articles tagged with standards

Making a smooth transition

No, BoardBuzz isn’t talking about the transition to a new president later this month. We’re talking about the progress states have been making in enacting policies to help smooth the transition for students as they move up the educational pipeline and onto college and the workforce. This is according to EdWeek’s annual special report Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a population where they graded each state on Transition and Alignment policies they had enacted in 14 areas. (Note: EdWeek is allowing free access until Jan. 19th)

Once again EdWeek also graded each state on their Chance-for-Success Index, which grades states on how likely a child born in a specific state will be successful later in life. EdWeek also graded states on how they fund their schools based on spending patterns and how equitable they allocated those funds to districts. To find out what grade your state received and what exactly those grades mean check out this summary from the Center for Public Education.

BoardBuzz also recommends you check out the very informative articles in Quality Counts on English Language Learners. But if you don’t have the time to read through each of the articles check out the Center for Public Education’s What research says about English Language Learners.

Jim Hull|January 7th, 2009|Categories: Curriculum, Educational Finance, Educational Research, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Student Achievement|Tags: , , , , , |

Preparing for a new discussion on standards

Now that we know who the next Secratary of Education will likely be, BoardBuzz‘s attention now shifts to how education policy may change at the federal level. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind are those four little letters that has defined federal education policy the last seven years, NCLB—but that may not be the only hot-button education issue to be debated in the next four years. Another, and maybe even more passionate, debate may be over who should develop the academic standards students are expected to meet.

The question over who should develop academic standards brings as much of a passionate discussion on the role of federal education policy as NCLB. That’s why our very own Center for Public Education created Standards: A new national discussion. There you will find what arguments are being made from all different perceptives on who is best equipped to develop standards. BoardBuzz strongly recommends you check it out so if the debate does heat up, you’ll have more ammunition to argue for who is best equipped to determine what our students should know and be able to do.

Jim Hull|December 19th, 2008|Categories: Educational Legislation, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, School Boards|Tags: , |
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