Louisiana and Washington, D.C., have the most at-risk students in the country, and New Hampshire and New Jersey have the fewest at-risk students, according to a ranking by the financial website WalletHub. The analysis considers 14 federal measurements, including literacy assessments and graduation rates, along with obesity, mental health indicators and homelessness.
A group of Maine high-school students have committed to activism in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and subsequent walkouts. Students relaunched the school newspaper and started the Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition, which has brought issues to state lawmakers and school administrators, and recently registered peers to vote.
Students at a Massachusetts high school are preparing for the future by participating in five career academies, writes Michael Lauro, associate executive director at the Atlantis Charter School. In this commentary, Lauro shares how the academies work with local businesses and the community to provide students with hands-on experiences.
Carissa Peck, a high-school language arts teacher, has replaced the traditional five-paragraph essay with tech-driven alternatives. Peck has students create BuzzFeed-type quizzes, infographics and virtual-reality experiences to keep them engaged.
The College Board announced Wednesday it would scrap plans to begin the Advanced Placement history exam content around the year 1450, following criticism from educators concerned that the move would make the course too Eurocentric. Instruction now will begin with the year 1200, and a second AP world history course will focus on ancient history.
A Tennessee school district will use a software system to identify students at risk of falling behind in school and track which interventions are being used to help them. The system will use data, such as grades, tardiness and test scores, to help school leaders identify students who need support.
Some elementary-school students from high-poverty schools in Baltimore are attending an arts-based summer program that also focuses on literacy and math. The Summer Arts and Learning Academy aims to prevent summer learning loss while exposing students to dance, drama, illustration and other art forms.
Digital scoreboards can be useful in both sports games and classrooms, writes Mark Madson, assistant superintendent for secondary education and support services in a Pennsylvania school district. In this commentary, he shares several lessons his district learned when they adopted digital scoreboards and used them to support their curriculum.
Emergency permits for some speech therapists to work in Indiana schools expired in June, making it now difficult for schools to meet students' needs for the upcoming school year. Lawmaker action is needed to reinstate the permits, which allowed speech therapists with a bachelor's degree who have started a master's program but are not yet licensed speech-language pathologists, to provide services.
Professors at the University of Michigan have transformed teacher education, in part, by modeling the experience based on physician training. Under the model, the training extends through the teachers' first several years, which they will spend in a "teaching school" -- similar to a teaching hospital.
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