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CMAS results: See Colorado test results for your school, district

Colorado third graders did almost as well on standardized tests this past spring as third graders did before the pandemic, an encouraging sign after three disrupted school years. But older students in most grades and subjects did worse, even as test scores rebounded from very low levels in 2021. And the majority of Colorado students didn’t meet grade-level expectations on the tests, known as Colorado Measures of Academic Success or CMAS, just...
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Why Indiana schools are competing with McDonald’s for staff

When Mary Tackitt first took a job as a teaching assistant for students in special education, it seemed like a good opportunity. She enjoyed the time with children — like the little boy who would hold her hand and tap it on the desk to keep rhythm with music. But working with students with severe disabilities was tough. She took them to the bathroom and changed diapers. And she was hurt...
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Teachers head back to school with optimism and some worry

As Nick Altman heads back to school, he’s trying to think of the year ahead as a regular year.A radio and TV teacher at Huntington North High School just outside Fort Wayne, Indiana, Altman is learning students’ names and getting settled in. Hopefully, he said, “We can just move forward.”In the back of his mind, though, concern lingers. Last year, “There was some excitement going into the school year that maybe,...
FORT WAYNE, IN

I taught at Urban Prep in better times. The latest news is devastating.

It was never perfect. But when I taught at Urban Prep, it was good. Really good.Amid an epidemic of gun violence, the life of an adolescent, African American male living on the South or West side of Chicago is too often over before it begins. That’s why, during its heyday, Urban Prep — a network of all-male charter schools, frequently praised for its rates of college acceptance — was a coveted...
CHICAGO, IL

Colorado SAT, PSAT scores in 2022: See your school results

Last spring’s state SAT and PSAT test scores for Colorado high school students fell from the previous year, results released Wednesday show. In 2021, Colorado’s high school test scores improved from 2019, despite the learning interruptions students endured, but results released Wednesday are less encouraging. Two of three groups — ninth and 11th graders — also scored lower than did their counterparts in 2019, state results published Wednesday show.The bright spot was among...
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Philadelphia reinstates test score cutoff for magnet schools

Philadelphia school district officials announced Tuesday they will resume using state standardized test scores as a criterion for admission to the city’s most selective high schools for the class that will start ninth grade in September 2023, but the acceptable minimum scores are being reevaluated, they said. The cutoff score on the state test — the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment or PSSA — for each magnet school “will be adjusted this...
PHILADELPHIA, PA

Aurora will pay school board members

The Aurora school district will pay future board members a stipend of up to $450 a month, the board decided on Tuesday. Serving on a school board to help guide a district in creating policy, setting goals, and hiring superintendents has traditionally been a volunteer position in Colorado. Board members say that it requires a lot of time, and that the uncompensated commitment deters parents, especially those from lower income families, from...
AURORA, CO

State orders CU Denver to fix reading courses

The University of Colorado Denver must change how it trains future teachers on reading instruction before it can earn full state approval for four majors in the university’s teacher preparation program. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the State Board of Education granted partial approval to the university’s elementary education, special education, early childhood education, and reading teacher programs. Those majors, which enroll about 220 students, will face follow-up reviews in early 2023...
DENVER, CO

NYC’s Harbor School to double in size

New York City is largely a collection of islands, but just one high school is only accessible by boat: Urban Assembly New York Harbor School. The school opened 20 years ago landlocked in Bushwick, and in 2010 moved to Governors Island, a 172-acre teardrop-shaped parcel that’s about an eight-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. Now the Harbor School will be doubling its footprint on Governors Island, expanding from two to four buildings,...
NEW YORK CITY, NY

Michigan governor proposes sales tax break on school supplies

Crayons, notebooks, computers, and other back-to-school supplies could be a little more affordable this year under a tax-break proposal from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but Republicans say it’s too little and too late.Whitmer’s plan would suspend Michigan’s 6% sales tax on school supplies, and is similar to tax holidays recently enacted by other states including Illinois, Florida, and Virginia,“Getting this done would lower costs for parents, teachers, and students right now, and...
MICHIGAN STATE

Back to school: Colorado teachers cautiously optimistic

“Class, class!” second-grade teacher Allison George called out. “Yes, yes!” quickly responded 18 small children in new outfits, neatly plaited braids, and fresh haircuts. “I love that you did that,” George said. “You stopped what you were doing and looked up at me, because you knew something important was happening.” That something important was the first day of school at Deane Elementary in Jeffco Public Schools, the first day of a year that teachers,...
DENVER, CO

Memphis event: An evening of stories from educators, students

Time: Aug. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. CTLocation: 409 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103A new school year is starting following what was meant to be a comeback year for America’s schools — a return to classrooms and rebuilding of communities after months of remote or hybrid learning, disconnection, and uncertainty.And for many schools, it was a comeback year, at least for a while. Schools fully reopened for in-person learning. Vaccines were available...
MEMPHIS, TN

Chicago schools started removing police two years ago. What’s happened since?

For years, Chicago parent Maria Toribio heard countless stories of school officials quick to call police to deal with minor disciplinary issues. She worried these police interactions would follow students into adulthood and criminalize them.“Instead of helping our children,” Toribio said in Spanish, “police can sometimes do more harm.”That’s why Toribio joined a group of Chicago Public Schools parents with a mission: Get police out of schools.The grassroots movement predated a...
CHICAGO, IL

What to know about COVID guidelines for NYC schools this year

New York City schools will shed many of its COVID prevention strategies from the past two years, according to new education department guidance posted Tuesday for the 2022-23 school year.When the nation’s largest school system starts on Sept. 8, students will no longer be required to fill out a daily health screener to enter the building. Schools will no longer swab a portion of students and staff for COVID, as Chalkbeat...
NEW YORK CITY, NY

Michigan’s school safety hotline got 6,255 tips last year

One student had been hiding self-harm scars under long sleeves. Another was suffering abuse at home. A third was sexually assaulted at school. A fourth threatened to kill a classmate.All four got the help they needed after classmates alerted Michigan State Police using its confidential OK2SAY tipline, which logged a record 6,255 tips last year, up 67% from the year before. More than half of those tips arrived the month following...
MICHIGAN STATE

Where can Colorado teachers afford to buy a home?

Colorado teachers earning average salaries can afford to buy fewer than a fifth of the homes in their school districts — and homeownership is more out of reach in districts with higher wages. But raising wages alone won’t fix the problem, according to a new report from the Keystone Policy Center that says the government needs to consider new housing policies to help teachers and other middle-income public sector workers live where they...
COLORADO STATE

IPS might close schools. See how your school building is scored.

A neighborhood elementary school from 1973 operating at just one third of its capacity. A popular school built in 1958 and bursting at the seams with students. The fate of these school buildings and more than 65 others in the Indianapolis Public Schools system may be determined in the coming weeks, as the district grapples with declining enrollment in its traditional neighborhood schools.Closing and consolidating schools, one of several possible responses to...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Half of Black parents want schools to spend more time tackling racism

Nearly two-thirds of parents say that their child’s school places an appropriate emphasis on slavery, racism, and discrimination against Black people, according to a new poll.But one group stands out as least likely to approve of schools’ approach: Black parents, half of whom wanted more emphasis on these topics.The data suggests that Republican-led efforts to limit schools’ focus on race and racism — despite being done under the banner of parental...
EDUCATION

Memphis-Shelby County Schools receives top TVAAS rating

For the first time in seven years, Memphis-Shelby County Schools received the state’s highest rating for academic growth, another sign of an upswing after the deep learning losses caused by the pandemic.Tennessee’s largest school district received Level 5 ratings for literacy, numeracy, and composite student growth as measured by end-of-year testing in the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, known as TVAAS. It’s a significant jump from previous years: The state Department of...
MEMPHIS, TN

Restorative justice funding under threat, NYC schools advocates warn

Thanks to billions in federal pandemic relief funding, the city’s education department made plans to dramatically expand restorative justice programming, more than tripling funding over a three-year period to $21.6 million this school year.But dozens of advocacy groups are now raising the alarm that much of that funding is “at risk” — including a planned expansion of restorative justice programs to all middle and high schools — according to a letter sent...
NEW YORK CITY, NY