9-26-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Camden Schools Get Something to Celebrate: PARCC Scores Are Picking Up

One renaissance school — Camden Prep — sees double-digit jumps in test results; other city schools post more modest gains

There was good news on hand at Tuesday’s press conference at Camden Prep, where the acting superintendent and city officials gathered to celebrate advances made by students on their PARCC tests.

Since the state takeover of the city’s schools in 2013, Camden has seen a shift toward so-called renaissance schools — a charter/traditional school hybrid — and charters, with more than half of the city’s kids now enrolled in renaissance or charter schools.

NJTV News Online | September 26, 2018

 

 

Education Week--Are Too Many Students Working Below Grade Level?

The United States’ system of mandatory public schooling operates under an unspoken social contract with students: Work hard, get good grades, and you can succeed in college, work, and life.

Students are by and large holding up their end of the bargain, but too many schools break the contract by giving them classwork below grade level—leaving them underprepared for what’s next, a new study concludes.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/09/25/are-too-many-students-working-below-grade.html

Stephen Sawchuk| September 25, 2018

 

 

Education Week--Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Ambitious Pre-K Move Sparks Wary Reactions

The world's richest man says he wants to help tackle one of the biggest issues in education: improving early-childhood learning.

But what exactly does Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mean when he says the new network of nonprofit preschools he's planning will be "Montessori inspired," and will "use the same set of principles" that have pushed his giant online retail and cloud-computing company toward a $1 trillion valuation?

Experts in the fields of early childhood, the business of education, and ed tech confess to not being sure.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/09/26/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-ambitious-pre-k-move.html

Michele Molnar| September 24, 2018