Free Microcrentials for High School Students Preparing to become Teachers

As high school students who are preparing to become teachers develop teaching skills, they deserve recognition for their growth. Micro-credentials (or digital badges) are performance-based assessments that allow rising educators to showcase their growing skills. EdRising offers five free micro-credentials in the following topic areas: Anti-bias Instruction Classroom Culture Collaboration Formative Assessment Learner Engagement Each Read more about Free Microcrentials for High School Students Preparing to become Teachers[…]

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10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest

Writing for Education Week, Catherine Gewertz reports on one of the nation’s biggest school-redesign competitions, through which 10 teams won a collective $100 million to create new high schools or transform existing ones across the country: Each of the winners of XQ: The Super School Project will have $10 million over the next five years Read more about 10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest[…]

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High School Accountability Systems

In “Mind the Gap: The Case for Re-Imagining the Way States Judge High School Quality”, Chad Aldeman argues that new, more multidimensional ways of judging high school quality are essential. Current state and federal policies on high schools tend to reward schools that perform well on measures like test scores and graduation rates while forcing Read more about High School Accountability Systems[…]

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Never too Late: Why ESEA must fill the Missing Middle

When President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law in 2002, the U.S. national high school graduation rate was 72.6 percent. Today, the national high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 81 percent and the number of low-graduation-rate high schools has declined considerably. While this progress is Read more about Never too Late: Why ESEA must fill the Missing Middle[…]

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Designing High Quality Evaluation Systems for High School Teachers

John Tyler of the Center for American Progress released a report last month focused on the challenges of developing evaluation systems for high school teachers, and possible solutions.  Tyler believes that special attention should be paid to high school educators for three reasons:  1) high school student performance lags behind performance of students with similar Read more about Designing High Quality Evaluation Systems for High School Teachers[…]

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A Teacher Finds Good in Testing

n the August 31, 2011 issue of Education Week, former educator Ama Nyamekye reflects on the controversy surrounding high-stakes testing.  In college, she was active in protesting these types of tests and thought that “good teachers should be left to their own devices.” She writes, “ I was certain that I was a good teacher. Read more about A Teacher Finds Good in Testing[…]

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