What we're reading by EWA members this week
Reporting from South by Southwest for The Hechinger Report, Nichole Dobo writes about a new nonprofit that will help districts get better deals on education technology. The Technology for Education Consortium, funded by the Gates Foundation, aims to curb ”price gouging” in the industry in an effort to save taxpayer dollars.
Theresa Harrington of EdSource relays the stories of administrators who saw their schools through different eyes this week as part of the national Shadow a Student Challenge. “The goal was to help school leaders empathize with students and teachers – and to identify strengths and weaknesses, then take actions to improve their learning environments and campus cultures,” she writes.
The new SAT is here. Kenya Downs examines what proponents and critics are saying about it in a story for PBS NewsHour that addresses such issues as diversity and bias.
Recent tuition hikes in Texas — which will have students paying more than $150 more per semester, in some cases — have state lawmakers considering whether they should step in to regulate costs instead of allowing colleges to set their own price tags, Ben Wermund reports for the Houston Chronicle.
Peter Balonon-Rosen of Boston-based WBUR takes listeners inside an elementary school that is practicing rigid disciplinary methods in an effort to turn around its failing grade. While test scores have gone up, suspension rates — even among its littlest learners — have spiked.
“Parlez-Vous Java?” Robin Sussingham’s aptly titled piece for StateImpact Florida dives into a state Senate-approved bill that would offer foreign language credit for computer-coding courses.
The Ohio Department of Education says it will stand by school report card grades even after state school board members questioned them this week, Patrick O’Donnell reports for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. According to a survey, 17 percent of districts that used online standardized tests last year received an A, compared to 85 percent of districts that stuck with pencil and paper.
The San Antonio school district announced plans this week to open an accelerated learning academy. Alia Malik of the San Antonio Express-News writes that the school will offer students in pre-K through 12th grade a less structured setting than a traditional school, allowing students to take classes across subject areas and grade levels, and to choose their own learning environments.
Does Florida truly have fewer on-campus rapes than other states, or are colleges and universities failing to report them? Jessica Bakeman and Brendan Cheney explore this question in a piece for POLITICO Florida.
Karen Yi and Kala Kachmar of The Asbury Park Press write that a cap on superintendent salaries in New Jersey means lower-level administrators, including principals, are actually making more than their bosses.
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