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Rethinking elementary classroom instruction

The Center for Educational Policy (CEP) just announced a new report about the impact of the NCLB on the classroom. The study found that in schools in need of improvement teachers are more likely than those in higher-achieving schools to ask students questions with one or a few right answers. Conversely, teachers in high-achieving schools[…]

How can we close the achievement gap?

The recent article Minorities have not caught up on test scores points out that in the Rowan Salisbury School System, as in many communities across the United States, white students did better in the last year on proficiency exams than their black and Hispanic peers. Schools Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom said the results come as[…]

Should grammar be taught in the classroom?

The National Curriculum Board of Australia has recently proposed that traditional English and grammar lessons be reinstated in school classrooms to address a deterioration in writing skills. See the report on ABC News. The recommendation comes after complaints from universities and business that students lack the most basic knowledge. Many businesses and colleges, along with[…]

Secondary Reading Scores, Skills Need Improving

The Daily Herald reports that the latest Illinois state test results show a somewhat alarming trend – state reading scores for high school juniors in urban areas are dropping. In the case of the suburbs, scores are flattening. The article asks, “if there is a problem, what to do about it, especially now that we[…]

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