A raft of past programs have failed to substantially improve the reading skills of middle grade and high school students. CPS is trying once again, as part of a federal project that aims to help teens learn how to analyze complex non-fiction.
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In the News: State proposes more tests, star ratings
Illinois is moving to overhaul how students are tested and schools judged, with a proposed "star" rating system—one part of a plan aimed at shaking up the status quo, the Tribune reports.
As the state seeks a waiver on the federal No Child Left Behind, it has submitted a 685-page proposal to the U.S. Department of Education. The Tribune examined the document and found it calls for more testing than ever. Beginning next spring, the state would add mandatory tests for ninth and 10th graders; require eighth graders to take two tests instead of one; and add a new section to an already two-day state exam given to 11th graders. For the first time, Illinois would mandate testing in every grade from 3 to 11.
CTU Attorney Robert Bloch explains the "longer school day" settlement in this video. (ctunet.com)
IN THE NATION
Money problems are so severe in one Michigan's Muskegon Heights school district that officials have given up hope of finding a solution themselves. They're ready for the extreme option: a take-over by a state-appointed "emergency manager." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
A teacher’s aide who refused to give her school system access to her private Facebook account is now filing a lawsuit against her employer, according to a report from local Michigan news station WSBT.
Fewer public elementary schools are offering visual arts, dance and drama classes than a decade ago, a decline many attribute to budget cuts and an increased focus on math and reading, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Education on the state of arts education. (The Washington Post)
Facing considerable resistance to its plans to close 33 public schools, some of which had improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, New York City's Education Department announced on Monday that it will keep seven of them open and continue with plans to close the other 26. (The New York Times)