On track to be a math powerhouse by??? 2070?
January 10, 2011
- Doctors, lawyers, and … teachers? If Democrats for Education Reform
gets its way, this list of occupations will no longer prompt the
question of which one doesn’t belong. Professionalizing teaching is the
focus of the group’s latest white paper, Ticket to Teach, which
proposes raising teacher salaries (to a minimum of $65,000) and
recruiting the nation’s top students to teacher training programs, among
other ideas. Check out the paper for yourself here.
- Is a choice between a bad school and a worse school really a choice?
Not according to the American Enterprise Institute’s latest policy
analysis, Choice without Options: Why School Choice Is Less Than It Seems in Washington, D.C.
Many DC parents have to choose between a failing local school and an
almost-failing school a couple zip codes away, the report’s authors say.
Find out why here.
- The Sunshine State is brighter than ever after the gains educational
achievement of its elementary school students, as reported by former
Governor Jeb Bush in the Wall Street Journal. According to
Florida State reading tests almost half of Florida’s fourth graders were
illiterate in 1998; today, 72 percent of fourth graders can read. What
led to this dramatic improvement? Click here to find out.
- Students in the United States are falling behind globally in math,
reading, and science according to the newest PISA scores, as Fordham’s
Checker Finn lamented several weeks ago. Our own Janie Scull looked at Ohio’s performance on the 8th
grade NAEP mathematics assessment and its slow rate of improvement, and
concluded that at this pace, the state will not have the same
proportion of advanced math students as Korea until 2056, as Hong Kong
until 2059, and as Taiwan until 2070. (The analysis assumes no future
improvement in these countries’ performance.) Sobering, indeed.
- Michelle Rhee, infamous former chancellor of DC Public Schools,
founder of The New Teacher Project, Teach For America alum, and Ohio
native, now has a new affiliation that’s earned her even more star power
in 2011. She’s heading up a new education advocacy group, studentsfirst.org, which just released its policy agenda, “A Challenge to States and Districts: Policies that Put Students First.”