• The Way of the Future: ESA for a la carte
    Utah state Rep. John Dougall has announced plans to introduce legislation to fund student education through a system of education savings accounts rather than through a system of payments to districts. Dougall’s proposal would profoundly empower parents, increase parental involvement, require careful consideration of opportunity costs, and spur education innovation.
  • Carter Elementary plan remains controversial
    Knox County Commissioners questioned the process by which Mayor Tim Burchett hopes to deliver a new elementary school to that East Knox County community. Burchett plans to sell county assets to pay for the school in cash.
  • Knox leaders hope conversation continues on community schools
    …Knox County leaders who traveled for a day long trip to Cincinnati to see its model of community schools. Under the concept, buildings are used for more than just teaching students. With the help of community partners, schools become a hub — staying open in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer for everything from health clinics to sites for yoga classes.
  • Test anxiety: Students, parents feel effect of new TCAP policies
    New legislation states a percentage of students’ core subject grades for second semester will be determined by their spring Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program scores. The state left the percentage up to each district but said it had to be between 15 and 25 percent.
  • Launch of America’s First Ever ‘Education Reform’ News Gathering Service
    Today marks the official launch of Choice Media, a non-profit news service dedicated to covering all facets of American Education Reform. Choice Media will feature exclusive news stories and commentaries from a variety of education experts. “Education remains the most under-reported facet of American life by the traditional news media. The coverage it does receive is often shallow and scandal-focused, with too little attention paid to the intractable systemic failures of a broken education model. Choice Media will attempt to redress this imbalance,” said Bob Bowdon, Founder of Choice Media.
  • Controversial education figure set to kick off annual lecture series
    The series, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by the Benwood Foundation and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Rhee’s lecture, titled “Putting Students First in Public Education Reform,” begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • Future of Innovation 2011 Online Schools Take Off
    nrollment in online public schools supported by education software provider K12 has grown from about 1,000 students 10 years ago to more than 100,000 today. Online schools and digital learning tools also cater to the way students are learning today. Another potential growth area for digital education is blended learning, where students attend traditional school on a part-time basis and complete their classes online. Overall, more than half a million students are learning online full-time in the U.S., according to education researcher Ambient Insight.
  • New Research: School Choice Has Positive Impact On College Achievement Gap
    Department of Education has found that school choice programs significantly improve the future educational prospects of children who might otherwise attend lower quality schools.
  • College Board’s SAT Drop Spin Doesn’t Hold Up
    If you actually look at the score breakdown for the major race/ethnicity groups (see chart) you’ll notice that only white students’ scores held constant from last year. The scores of all the minority groups declined. And, since 1996, white students’ scores have been flat, those of Asian students have risen appreciably, and those of Hispanic and African American students have declined.
  • Average Performance of U.S. Students Relative to International Peers on the Most Recent International Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science
    A summary of the average performance of U.S. students on the most recent international assessments in reading, mathematics, and science at all grade levels and ages assessed is now available on the NCES

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