Rhode Island Legislates Low Expectations

Published by EducationsNews.org — You would think the RI Legislature would be knocking itself out to back workforce development… but no. Currently, Rhode Island has the highest unemployment in the nation.  As unemployment was falling nationally, RI stayed high even as train-wreck states like Michigan (with the near demise of the auto industry) and NevadaContinue reading “Rhode Island Legislates Low Expectations”

Math-Haters Love Crunching Numbers for Business Plans

Published by EducationNews.org — For far too long, project-based or “constructivist” learning has been at war with the “drill-and-kill” focus on building skills first.  A balance is best. Five high-school seniors cluster behind a pillar in a lecture hall at Rhode Island College.  Behind them is a movie-sized screen, and in front looms a modest but intimidating stadiumContinue reading “Math-Haters Love Crunching Numbers for Business Plans”

News Flash, Attending School Helps Students Pass Tests

Published by EducationNews.org — The Boston Globe’s research found that the great majority of students who failed the first (2003) MCAS had been “chronically absent.” In 2003, Massachusetts imposed high-school graduation requirements that included passing the state test, the MCAS.  The state set the bar inches from the floor, so “passing” required knowing precious little math. Continue reading “News Flash, Attending School Helps Students Pass Tests”

Rhode Island, Raise Your Rock-Bottom Expectations

Published by EducationNews.org — Rhode Island sets ambitious academic goals, then dismantles them. Suddenly, in the wake of the state’s testing results, the Rhode Island General Assembly has whipped up legislation designed to quash any thought of the state having meaningful diplomas. How like them. Companion bills — H-5277 and S-177 — would eliminate theContinue reading “Rhode Island, Raise Your Rock-Bottom Expectations”

Students Can Take More Responsibility for Success on State Tests

Published by EducationNews.org — Test scores go up when the results make a difference to the kids.  Otherwise many won’t takes tests seriously. Until the year 2000 I adamantly opposed “high-stakes” state testing, where failure would cost a kid a diploma.  Why penalize kids for what the schools failed to do? But that year, inContinue reading “Students Can Take More Responsibility for Success on State Tests”