Student portfolios should not be a catalog of what students learn, but rather, portfolios should help students make connections to content and overall learning goals, writes Beth Holland, Johns Hopkins University doctoral candidate and EdTechTeacher instructor. In this blog post, she suggests looking beyond tools used to save, share and publish student work, and instead focus on teaching the "art of reflection."
Four states -- Georgia, Florida, Illinois and West Virginia, earned a "B+" grade for their efforts to improve financial literacy, according to the National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools. Utah was the only state to earn an "A+," with Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia all receiving an A.
Introducing assessments that stay true to project-based learning is important to fourth-grade teacher Emily Clifton. In this blog post, Clifton describes this approach to assessment, including a rubric.
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On average, 63.3% of white students earn a bachelor's degree within six years -- compared with 53.6% of Latino students -- according to a report from Education Trust. However, data show that the racial gap on college degrees has closed by 2.7 percentage points between 2002 and 2015.
Research shows that despite some gains, students from disadvantaged groups experience fewer positive outcomes than their peers, asserts Verletta White, interim superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland. In this commentary, she highlights how the creation of an Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency -- and other steps -- have helped educators focus on the needs of all students in the school district.
Congress can do more to provide leadership and support to help boost quality educational opportunities for students living in rural areas, according to a report from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The Rural School and Community Trust. The report outlines five policy suggestions.
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