Photo: Shutterstock America brought home its “report card” Wednesday, and nobody really wants to hang it on the fridge. Math scores dropped for both fourth- and eighth-graders for the first time since the 1990s, when the U.S. began giving the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Reading scores also dipped for eighth-graders, but stayed steady among fourth-graders. The test is given every two years, so the most recent figures for comparison are from 2013. Education officials and policy-makers are still figuring out how to interpret the results of the test, but many warned everyone not to go into a panic over the numbers, as it’s not clear yet whether this was a blip or points to a larger, more alarming trend — and they probably won’t know until the next assessment, in 2017. Officials did say that the dips might be related to introduction of Common Core, as the assessment might not match up with new curriculum changes, especially in … [Read more...] about U.S. Student Test Scores Go Down in Math for First Time Ever
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(CNN)As outrage grows over the massive alleged college admissions cheating scheme, the parties involved are working to contain the scandal. Coaches accused of falsely presenting prospective students as athletes have been fired or put on leave by their universities, and schools are reviewing their enrolled students to confirm no one else was involved. The College Board and ACT Inc., which administer the SAT and ACT respectively, have said they will hold people who facilitated cheating on the exams accountable. How investigators looking into a separate case stumbled across the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted But it remains to be seen what will happen to the students themselves. According to the criminal affidavit, some of the students were aware of the cheating, but others had no idea. Will the students be expelled or allowed to continue attending school? What repercussions will they face, if any? And what about those who may be in the middle of the admissions … [Read more...] about What will happen to the students involved in the college admissions cheating scandal?
(CNN)Four Syracuse University students have been suspended for participating in a verbal assault directed at an African-American student last week, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Wednesday. A total of 14 people were involved in the incident, 10 of whom were referred for "appropriate discipline," Syverud added. Nine were students from other schools and have been referred for discipline at the schools they attend. "The entire case has also been referred to the Onondaga County District Attorney," Syverud said while briefing the university's senate. "The New York State Police's hate crimes task force has been partnering with us and we're working with the New York State Division of Human Rights on this matter." Syverud also said reports of white supremacist material being sent by AirDrop to various students Monday night at the Bird Library was probably a hoax. AirDrop is an app that lets users share files between Apple devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. "To date, law enforcement has not … [Read more...] about Four Syracuse University students suspended after racist incidents
HILLSBORO, Ore. (CBS Local) – An Oregon high school is making a costly apology after suspending a student for wearing a pro-Donald Trump t-shirt to class. Liberty High School in Hillsboro has agreed to pay $25,000 to senior Addison Barnes, who school officials suspended for wearing a shirt that read “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” Liberty High banned Barnes from wearing the shirt, which referenced the student’s support of the President’s illegal immigration and Homeland Security policies. Student with banned Trump shirt to get apology, $25,000 from school district https://t.co/smeoqR7Cw6 pic.twitter.com/1nYO7qbCeF — The Oregonian (@Oregonian) July 24, 2018 “Everyone knows that if a student wears an anti-Trump shirt to school, the teachers won’t think twice about it. But when I wore a pro-Trump shirt, I got suspended. That’s not right,” the 18-year-old told The Oregonian. Barnes sued the school after … [Read more...] about Student Suspended For Trump Shirt Gets $25,000 And Apology
Getting schooled. Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images America recently celebrated the highest graduation rate in its recorded history, with 82 percent of high-school seniors completing their diplomas in 2014. But on Wednesday, the Department of Education called the significance of that milestone into question: According to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 37 percent of U.S. seniors showed “college or career ready” proficiency in math and reading. The NAEP is the North Star for bureaucrats looking to measure America’s academic performance. Unlike state accountability tests, the content of the NAEP remains constant over time, offering a steady barometer of achievement. What’s more, since teachers suffer no consequences if their students perform poorly on the NAEP, no one drills past tests into their students’ brains until they become question-bubbling automata. Thus, the test is a relatively … [Read more...] about America Brings Home Bad Report Card