EWA Radio recently spoke with several national reporters about what the president’s State of the Union address said (and also, what it didn’t say) about his plans for public schools. They also provided some thoughtful insights about what’s looming on the federal education policy landscape.
Are you an enthusiastic, mission-driven and experienced membership coordinator who thrives in a challenging environment? If yes, you might be exactly who we’re looking for to join our team. You can find out more about the position here.
And if you’re looking for a full-time reporting position, check out the EWA Career Center. Several newspapers and online media outlets are hiring.
January 23, 2015Sonja Isger of the Palm Beach Post for EWA
When education analyst Maria Ferguson looks at data from across the country, she sees record-setting confidence levels among school district leaders that the Common Core State Standards are more rigorous than what states had in place before. At the same time, Ferguson told reporters at a recent Education Writers Association seminar, these new expectations are barreling down on educators faster than they are able to prepare.
In a union vote Wednesday, Boston teachers approved the school district’s plan to add 40 minutes to the K-8 instructional day at more than 50 campuses, a move experts say could help improve the quality of classroom instruction, boost student learning, and yield long-term benefits to the wider community.
EWA was in Chapel Hill, N.C. earlier this week for our seminar on covering assessments in the era of the Common Core State Standards. We heard from policymakers, elected officials, and educators about how new expectations are reshaping the business of schooling, particularly in southern states.
There’s a busy year ahead on the schools beat – I talked to reporters, policy analysts and educators to put together a cheat sheet to a few of the stories you can expect to be on the front burner in the coming months:
President Obama will be in Tennessee today, where he’s expected to reveal more details of a proposal to make the first two years of community college free to qualified students. More details will follow in the State of the Union address later this month.
Massachusetts regularly scores at or near the top of national comparisons when it comes to its public schools, and the newest report from the Education Week Research Center is no exception – in overall education indicators it receives a B, the highest letter grade among the states. However, the Bay State isn’t faring as well with early childhood education. “Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown” gives the Bay State a “C-” for its programs serving the littlest learners.
I was riveted this weekend by the New York Times Magazine’s glimpse Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory. Journalist Brook Larmer paints a vivid picture of what can happen when a single assessment determines a young person’s entire future.
When you write a blog, the end of the year seems to require looking back and looking ahead. Today I’m going to tackle the former with a sampling of some of the year’s top stories from the K-12 and higher education beats. I’ll save the latter for early next week when the final sluggish clouds of 2014 have been swept away, and a bright new sky awaits us in 2015. (Yes, I’m an optimist.)
It’s time for my annual roundup of the year’s most popular posts on The Educated Reporter. Before I get to the list, I wanted to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who helps keep this blog — I hope! — lively and informative. This includes the many beat reporters who contributed guest posts from sessions at EWA seminars. I’m also appreciative of the education researchers, analysts and policymakers who served as expert resources throughout the year.
If you need help tracking down the right person for a quote, or you’re stuck in your reporting and you want to workshop a fresh angle, the Public Editor is here for you! Contact Emily Richmond to set up a time to talk. The service is free and confidential.
The United States has a gifted and talented student problem: Mainly, too few of the nation’s students score high on domestic and international assessments, and those that do are disproportionately well-off, Asian-American or white.