Education

Testing
2:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

More States Concerned About Cost of Next Generation Tests

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 11:12 am

Two new states are backing away from next-generation standardized tests, this time because of worries about cost.

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Technology
2:24 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Why Mobile Devices Might Mean Shorter Attention Spans

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:15 am

Mobile gadgets such as phones and tablet computers may be eroding kids’ attention spans and contributing to a rise in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis, according to researchers in this Time magazine piece.

That’s because mobile devices condition their users to expect constant, electronic stimulus. When kids put down those devices, the real world can seem slow-paced and less interesting.

From the story:

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Community Contributor
7:07 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Will New Florida Law Tying Teacher Raises To Test Results Improve Education?

As of July 1st, at least 50 percent of a classroom teacher’s performance evaluation, and pay, be based on student achievement

When my husband was studying for the CPA exams, he prepared for months.  He memorized laws and rules and exceptions to those rules.  He used flashcards, watched lectures and took simulated exams.  He answered thousands of sample test questions. 

Preparing for exams is as much about tactic as it is about knowledge.  To conquer an exam, people learn to beat the test.  They learn strategies.  They take courses designed specifically to prepare them for these exams or they study on their own, for the tests.

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Education
6:30 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Not Your Typical Summer School: A Summer Camp Fights Learning Loss Using The Common Core

Campers at Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School will learn Common Core lessons this summer.
Credit Karelia Arauz

It’s summertime and Angela Maxey, principal of Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School, is observing a classroom of 9- and 10-year-olds draw and identify different kinds of triangles.

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Community Contributor
6:38 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Superintendent Learns Lesson: Where You Are From Doesn't Dictate Where You Can Go

Alberto Carvalho

Every day I wake up with a spirit of excitement and anticipation of what the day may bring, in large part because of the incredible community that has become my adopted home, Miami.
 

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Classroom Contemplations
12:09 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Why Relying On Tests Only Reinforces Bad Behavior In Schools

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 10:00 am

There are some real perils to systems which try to reduce teacher performance to a single number, such as many of our new “value-added” formulas.

The first is that whatever you decide to measure — and, implicitly or explicitly reward — is what you are going to get.

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Classroom Contemplations
11:58 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: The Teaching That Evaluations Ignore

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 11:22 am

One of the things I want to do through this series is to expand the discussion of a teacher’s value. We cannot let the worth of teachers be defined narrowly by the test scores of their students.  We need to consider all of the different ways teachers have positive impacts on the lives of their students before we choose the criteria with which we judge who is doing a good job as a teacher and who is not.

One of the best ways to do this is to hear from teachers themselves.

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Schools
11:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Bennett Will Suggest Grading System Changes This Week

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:11 pm

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said he will recommend changes to the state’s A through F school grading system by the end of the week.

Bennett met with school superintendents and researchers Monday to gather concerns and suggestions about the school grading system.

Superintendents said they were concerned state requirements had changed too quickly the past two years for students test scores to keep pace.

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Community Contributor
6:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Given Two Years To Live, Teacher Continues to Fight Seven Years Later

Jennie Susi in chemo.

We all piled into the school gym wearing our new, originally designed t-shirts, made in our school colors, teal and white. The sound system was on, the bleachers were down and the photographer was set up and snapping away.

Only, this was not an average pep rally. This one was special. This one was for Ms. Susi. Jennie Susi has stage four ovarian cancer.

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Common Core
12:46 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Union Worried Testing Could Cause Public To Turn On Common Standards

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 10:19 am

About 10,000 educators from around the country are in Atlanta this week for the National Education Association’s annual meeting.

The group will debate issues from school safety to immigration reform as the NEA develops its legislative priorities for the coming year.

Florida Education Association President Andy Ford says Common Core State Standards and assessments will be heavily discussed.

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Schools
12:17 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti On His First Year in Jacksonville, Race, And The Challenges To Florida

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 11:00 am

Nikolai Vitti knows how dissimilar Florida’s school districts can be — but as the new Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, he also recognizes common challenges.

Vitti arrived in North Florida last November, leaving behind a job as chief academic officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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Teaching
3:59 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Common Core Opponents Expecting Protesters From Across Florida On June 29

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 11:48 am

A group organizing a protest Saturday at an Orlando conference for new common education standards is expecting caravans of protesters from around the state and country will join them.

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Higher Ed
3:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Florida A&M Lifts Suspension Of 'Marching 100' Band

Members of the Marching 100, Florida A&M University's marching band, perform before the Super Bowl in Feb. 2010.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 1:50 pm

Florida A&M's interim president announced Thursday that he was lifting the suspension of the school's famed "Marching 100" band.

The band had been suspended since November 2011, following the hazing-related death of one of its drum majors.

In a statement, interim President Larry Robinson said the re-institution of the band comes after "sweeping changes" that address hazing.

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Common Core
2:15 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

How Common Standards, New Lessons Could 'Weed Out' Some Teachers

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:45 am

Before she retires, Shara Holt is getting teachers around the state ready to use Common Core standards. Holt is a literacy coach in St. Johns County who’s spent 41 years as an educator.

Florida is one of 45 states transitioning to Common Core State Standards right now.

It’s a new way of teaching that focuses heavily on fewer subjects, sets benchmarks for students at each grade level, and forces students to explain their answers.

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Common Core
10:49 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Among Conservatives, Concerns Grow Over New School Standards

Tea Party members protest Common Core in Ocala, Fla., in April. The new educational standards, adopted by almost all the states, are the object of a growing conservative backlash.
Bruce Ackerman Ocala Star-Banner /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

"Common Core" is one of the biggest phrases in education today. To many educators and policymakers, it's a big, exciting idea that will ensure that America's students have the tools to succeed after graduation.

But a growing number of conservatives see things differently.

For years, states used their own, state-specific standards to lay out what K-12 students should be learning, for everything from punctuation to algebra. But those standards varied wildly, so the Common Core replaces them with one set of national standards for math and English language arts.

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