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12-3-19 Education in the News

NY Times--‘It Just Isn’t Working’: Test Scores Cast Doubt on U.S. Education Reform

An international exam shows that American 15-year-olds are stagnant in reading and math even though the country has spent billions to close gaps with the rest of the world.

The performance of American teenagers in reading and math has been stagnant since 2000, according to the latest results of a rigorous international exam, despite a decades-long effort to raise standards and help students compete with peers across the globe.

And the achievement gap in reading between high and low performers is widening. Although the top quarter of American students have improved their performance on the exam since 2012, the bottom 10th percentile lost ground, according to an analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency.


Dana Goldstein| Dec. 3, 2019, 3:00 a.m. ET


Education Week--Lucy Calkins, Creator of Reading Workshop, Responds to 'Phonics-Centric People'

One of the giants of the literacy world is grappling with the recent push for the "science of reading"—and responding to critics who say her early reading program doesn't align to evidence-based practice.

Lucy Calkins, the Teachers College professor known for her popular reading and writing curricula, released a statement last week in response to "the phonics-centric people who are calling themselves 'the science of reading.'"  


Sarah Schwartz on November 27, 2019 11:50 AM


Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Don't Let Vaping Kids Be 'Guinea Pigs' for Big Tobacco, Congress Members Tell Trump

Members of a bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic urged President Donald Trump Tuesday to follow through on a promise he made more than two months ago to take action to address the spread of youth vaping.


Evie Blad on December 2, 2019 4:42 PM


Chalkbeat--Are American students falling behind? The latest international scores offer both good and bad news.

American 15-year-olds performed better in reading and science than most students around the world, but lagged behind in math, according to the latest results of an oft-cited international exam.


Matt Barnum| December 2, 2019


Education Dive--Survey: Special needs students, ELs more positive about school mental health services

Students with special needs are more likely than general education students to report having thoughts of suicide — 22% compared to 14%. But they are also more likely to report there is an adult in school they can talk to when they’re having problems or feeling upset — 53% compared to 45% of general education students — according to a new YouthTruth analysis of students’ responses over a six-year period.


Linda Jacobson @lrj417| Dec. 2, 2019




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