August 30, 2012
The News Journal
The future is now in Appoquinimink
A state-of-the-art pre-kindergarten and an elementary school were unveiled at a recent “Meet the Teacher Night” held at the Appoquinimink School District’s expanding Fairview Campus in Townsend. “We are building what will be the first pre-K through grade 12 campus in Delaware,” said Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Matthew “Matt” Burrows.
Surprise! Poor skills, globalization limit jobs
According to the Brookings Institution, states, regions, cities and towns with higher levels of educated residents are doing better in this recession than their opposite number. It concluded “education … is the most important factor explaining long-run unemployment” in these markets.
State ready to launch student information “dashboard”
The Department of Education unveiled an online data dashboard Wednesday that unifies a number of databases across the state from the eSchool attendance program to Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System scores. Each night, the dashboard pulls information, including disciplinary and academic records, from a data warehouse into the program to keep the document updated. When certain metrics are met, flags will appear on student profiles.
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New Mexico looking to reform charter appeals process
The New Mexico Public Education Commission is supporting legislation that would stop sponsors of charter school applications rejected by the commission from appealing to the state’s Secretary of Education. If the legislation passes, that would close almost every avenue for appeal for charter leaders whose applications are denied.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Young women are more likely than men to aspire to college, and to graduate
Female high-school students are more likely to aspire to attend college than are their male counterparts, and the young women enroll in college, persist, and graduate from it at higher rates as well, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics.
New laws, programs expand e-learning options
Several states have enacted laws that require more choices for students who want to try taking courses online. In some cases, such legislation is a companion to requirements that students take at least one online course before graduating from high school. The new reality of such requirements, however, means that districts are often facing a significant change in the way they provide options to students.
New ‘STEMworks database’ aims to identify strong programs
A new STEMworks Database seeks to provide information on promising learning initiatives at the preK-12 level. Developed by Change the Equation, a coalition of corporate CEOs working to improve STEM education, the initiative has turned to researchers at WestEd to evaluate programs and give them a stamp of approval.