Officials in a North Carolina school district say socioeconomic challenges are driving racial disparities in enrollment in the district's gifted-education program. Data show enrollment in gifted education also is lowest at schools in low-income areas, but an alternative enrichment program is offered at each of the district's Title I schools.
Middle- and high-school students in a New Mexico district are enrolled in a six-week intensive summer program aimed at improving their academic achievement and helping them prepare for college. Breakthrough Santa Fe, which is in its 15th year as part of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, allows students to take advanced lessons and receive tutoring.
Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
A recent study on teacher stress from University of Missouri psychology researchers found that 93% of the elementary-school teachers participating in the study reported high levels of stress. However, about 60% of study participants said they were able to cope with stress and avoid burnout because they had support from their schools.
Some K-12 teachers and college professors in Louisiana are learning how to use applications such as Zoom and Swivl Cloud to produce videos and improve professional development. Nicole Bono, director of educator preparation for the Louisiana Department of Education, said the technology covered in the training can help provide quality feedback to teachers.
The Utah State Board of Education will count students that opt out of tests as having taken but failed the tests to meet a federal mandate of 95% participation, after failing to secure a federal waiver from the requirement. Schools where many students opt out of tests now may see a drop in their overall performance rating.
Advocates for individuals with special needs are concerned about proposed bans of plastic straws, including one recently announced by Starbucks. No alternatives exist for plastic straws that allow for the safety and flexibility that some customers with disabilities require, according to the group Disability Rights Washington.