- Report: TN students lag behind on ACT scores
Only 16 percent of Tennessee’s class of 2010 met the expected ACT benchmarks in all four areas. The ACT is the entrance exam of choice for most U.S. colleges and universities. Additionally, it aligns well with the Common Core standards adopted by Tennessee and 41 other states.
- National Teacher Day spotlights key issues facing profession
The teaching profession has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. As part of its annual National Teacher Day celebration, taking place this year on Tuesday, May 3, the National Education Association (NEA) is highlighting key trends in the teaching profession.
- Back to School for the Billionaires
Has this big money made the big impact that they—as well as teachers, administrators, parents, and students—hoped for? In the first-of-its-kind analysis of the billionaires’ efforts, NEWSWEEK and the Center for Public Integrity crunched the numbers on graduation rates and test scores in 10 major urban districts—from New York City to Oakland—which got windfalls from these four top philanthropists.
- James Freeman: Do American Students Study Too Hard?
Ms. Abeles argues that U.S. education is focused too much on giving kids “things to memorize and regurgitate,” instead of developing the critical thinking skills that will be most useful in solving problems and thriving later in life. It’s certainly not impossible that state education bureaucracies have churned out flawed standards. And readers of this page are probably willing to consider the idea that the umpteenth federal education law might not have improved American education. But of course American kids were performing poorly on international tests long before Mr. Bush was inaugurated.
- Education Notebook: The Wisconsin Wave Continues: State by State, Students’ Interests Overtake Union Demands
While much of the debate around the curbing of union power centers on its role in balancing the budgets of debt-laden states, this “revolution” is also profoundly important to promoting critically needed improvements in the nation’s education system.