Here’s today’s CPS news, plus other cities and national coverage. The most interesting items to me are the wave of Common Core field testing that’s going on nationally (and in Illinois) as well as the formal withdrawal of Indiana from the Common Core that leaves classroom teachers in the lurch while lawmakers come up with alternative standards that are very likely to be similar to the dismissed ones. What else am I missing?
CPS letter buzz Chicago Tribune: Monday morning’s weekend update from many city parents centered on Chicago Public Schools notification letters landing in mailboxes Saturday. Most parents received letters regarding their child’s acceptance — or, more commonly, their wait-list number …
CPS decides to turn Austin school over to private group AustinTalks: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying, “So now as we look at our schools at the lowest trajectory, I don’t think we can just close an eye and say, ‘Well, we’re just going to move along.’ We’ve got to also take action.”.
Question of the day The Capitol Fax Blog: Mitchell has already made all the right moves and offending Karen Lewis could be a badge of honor. Mitchell is connected with the right people and has the right network. One of the smartest young men in politics. Knows the issues. Don’t sell him short.
Good Attendance Could Land Harper High School Students a Job DNA Info: A South Side nonprofit is offering motivation for students to get to school on time.
Alternative schools’ basketball values fair play, not wins Chicago Tribune: But what happened next illustrated what’s different about basketball as practiced by the Chicago Area Alternative Education League, a nonprofit that organizes sports programs for at-risk teens.
California schools are rolling out new standardized tests LA Times: Schools across California are set to begin administering new standardized tests Tuesday that are designed to demand more of students and offer a clearer picture of how much they are learning.
Indiana Drops Common Core Wall Street Journal:Indiana’s governor on Monday signed legislation withdrawing the state from the Common Core, making it the first to officially dump math and reading standards that have been adopted by nearly all the states.
Indiana Cuts The Core Without Telling Teachers What Comes Next NPR: Indiana became the first state to adopt, then repeal, the Common Core State Standards. As Elle Moxley of WFIU reports, the repeal has left some teachers scratching their heads.
New school tests don’t make the grade Al Jazeera America: “There’s kind of a belief in a town like Montclair that the more we test, the more we can be sure that our teachers are delivering a quality curriculum,” says Michelle Fine, a CUNY psychology professor who is a member of the parent group Montclair Cares About Schools. “I think that’s magical thinking.”
Principal Encourages Immigrant Students To Aim For Middle Class NPR: At a rural high school outside El Paso, Texas, the principal tries to inspire poor immigrants or kids of immigrants to go to college, though many have never seen one.
Group Urges Focus on Teacher-Prep Outputs in Federal Policy TeacherBeat: A brief outlines new ideas for the federal policies governing teacher preparation.
Waiver States Continue to Struggle With Turnarounds PK12: Overall, states—including those that won multimillion Race to the Top grants—continue to struggle with turning around their lowest-performing schools, and even with ensuring that their highest-performing or “reward” schools get their due.
Obama report claims success for ‘Race to the Top’ USA TODAY: Nearly four years after launching the “Race to the Top” education grant program, the Obamaadministration says the money benefits 22 million students and 1.5 million teachers in more than 40,000 schools.
Mixed results for charter schools statewide in new study EdSource: Data for six years of students in grades 2 to 11 in nearly 1,000 charter schools showed that overall they performed better in reading but did worse in math. Students in urban locations, poor students and African-Americans who attended charters gained learning days compared to their peers at traditional schools. Nearly all of the academic gains by charter schools statewide were by schools connected to charter management organizations.