Students at a Colorado high school are getting hands-on experience in math by using their skills to build a house for Habitat for Humanity. "The whole thing is trying to improve math scores while simultaneously training kids for actual employable skills," said Scott Burke, Geometry in Construction co-creator.
First-grade students in Brittany Jane Revel's Alabama classroom learn addition and subtraction through games such as tic-tac-toe and bowling in a room transformed to glow in the dark. "I wanted to find a way to help them master those skills while also having fun," Revel said.
The 21st annual Susquehanna Valley Middle School Envirothon, held at a nature reserve in Washingtonville, Pa., brought together students from 10 area middle schools to explore subjects including wildlife, forestry and soil. At one station, students learned about the process of creating maple syrup all the way from tapping trees to tasting the finished product.
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Students in Washington, D.C., who used vouchers to attend private schools showed no change in test scores after three years, according to a study by the US Department of Education. The data shows, however, that the students did have better rates of attendance and reported feeling more safe and satisfied than their peers who did not receive vouchers.
An analysis of federal data shows that students who are white, Asian or from a higher socioeconomic background are more likely to perform better academically, compared with black, Latino or students from low-income households, regardless of their academic abilities. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce says, "[A] child from the bottom quartile of socioeconomic status who has high test scores in kindergarten has only a three in 10 chance of having a college education and a good entry-level job as a young adult."
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching a study aimed at determining whether a college education is worth the increasing price tag and potential to accrue student debt. The study will involve a 30-person commission that will evaluate student outcomes, particularly for students of color and those from low-income households.
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