November 28, 2018

How Can States and Districts Use ESSA to Embrace Arts Education?

States had to choose at least one indicator of school quality or student success to consider alongside test scores in gauging school performance. At least five states decided to use the arts—either access to classes or some other indicator—to fulfill this requirement. 

November 28, 2018

Dual Enrollment: Increasing Early Access to Postsecondary Education

The U.S. Department of Education Experimental Sites initiative awards postsecondary-level grants from the Pell program to low-income high school students in dual enrollment programs leading to a credential. In the Experimental Site institutions, incoming dually enrolled students may be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant to support their dual enrollment experience. 

November 21, 2018

Few Schoolwork Assignments Offer Students Choice, Relevance, Study Finds

Students rarely receive relevant assignments that allow room for student choice, potentially jeopardizing their engagement, according to a new report. The report, published by The Education Trust, a nonprofit advocacy group, analyzed over 6,800 middle school assignments in English/language arts, science, and social studies to find that only 10 percent offered students choice in content, process, or product. Three percent of math assignments gave students similar choices.

November 21, 2018

Should Schools Promote the Success Sequence? Why or Why Not?

To what extent, and in what way, should school leaders, civil rights advocates, and policymakers address family culture? Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution identified the “Success Sequence” as a way out of intergenerational poverty, where only 2% of U.S. adults who graduated from high school, maintained a full-time job, and has a children after they were 21 years old lived below the poverty line and roughly 71% ended up in the middle class or above. The John Hopkins Institute hosted an event on the topic to discuss whether schools should promote the “Success Sequence.”

November 21, 2018

Engaged and Learning Science: How Students Benefit from Next Generation Science Standards Teaching

The California NGSS K–8 Early Implementation Initiative supports eight school districts and two charter management organizations in California in building capacity to implement the NGSS in grades K–8 and make science a core subject. This evaluation report intended for school, state, and district leaders describes how a diverse population of students are benefiting from their districts’ participation in this Initiative.