May 9, 2014
Middletown, Appoquinimink ranked top high schools in Delaware
Middletown High and Appoquinimink High are the best schools in Delaware, and among the top 1,600 in the nation, according to the latest rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. Middletown High grabbed the top spot out of 43 public and charter high schools in the First State, while Appoquinimink came in second in the Washington D.C.-based magazine’s seventh-annual rankings, which were released late last month.
Lord Baltimore gets another temporary assistant principal
Lord Baltimore Elementary School is close to finishing a school year that has seen much administrative job-hopping. The school now has a new assistant principal in Woody Long, who is finishing the school year in place of Gary Brittingham.
Georgia moves to replace competency test
The state Board of Education voted to have a firm develop a standardized test to replace the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which has been given to Georgia students for the past 14 years.
Tennessee hints at major overhaul
Tennessee’s top education official wants a more uniform structure to decide how state education dollars are divided up among public school districts — but what that would look like is still unclear.
Chicago Sun Times
Chicago teachers union votes to oppose Common Core Standards
The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to oppose the Common Core Standards, a rigorous set of educational benchmarks implemented by Illinois law and in many other states. The union announced its House of Delegates voted Wednesday to urge the city’s teachers to join the “growing national opposition to the Common Core State Standards, saying the assessments disrupt student learning and consume tremendous amounts of time and resources for test preparation and administration,” according to a new release.
Indiana board set to address NCLB waiver concerns
The Indiana State Board of Education will hold a special meeting next week to ask questions about how the state ended up being put on notice by the U.S. Department of Education.
Connecticut board endorses flexibility
The state Board of Education unanimously endorsed a recommended change in the teacher evaluation system that ensures that a teacher’s review does not hinge on a single state standardized test score.