December 22nd, 2011

Community Tackles Racism and Achievement Gaps

In St. Paul, Minnesota, nine teams of parents, educators, community leaders, and local business people are tackling the issues of racism, white privelege, and achievement gaps, as covered in this Twin Cities Daily Planet article: Action teams tackle St. Paul achievement gap, recommend other big changes at SPPS — Dec 20, 2011. Here’s an excerpt:

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December 20th, 2011

Some Advanced Learners at Greater Risk for Substance Abuse

A newly published report in the British Medical Association’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health concludes that high childhood IQ may increase the risk of illegal drug use in adolescence and adulthood, even after accounting for socioeconomic and psychological factors. The article is titled: Intelligence across childhood in relation to illegal drug use in adulthood: […]

December 19th, 2011

NCLB Waiver Leaves Room for Improvements

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently stated that the ten-year-old No Child Left Behind act is broken:

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has all but given up on the program, telling the Associated Press, “Whether it’s 50 percent, 80 percent or 100 percent of schools being incorrectly labeled as failing, one thing […]

December 18th, 2011

Confronting the Advanced Learning Race Gap

This Nov 6, 2011 Washington Post article — Washington-area schools confront the ‘gifted gap’ — is about reforming identification and referral of advanced learners in Washington DC area schools, including Alexandria, and Fairfax Country. Here’s an excerpt:

A fourth grade class for gifted students in Alexandria, VA. The class is part of a program […]

December 17th, 2011

Closing the High-Low Achievement Gap, at a Cost

Excerpt from the Washington Post, Dec 15th, 2011 — opinion piece titled Closing the achievement gap, but at gifted students’ expense, by Michael J. Petrilli and and Frederick M. Hess

In September [2011], the president offered states and school districts flexibility around onerous provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act — linked […]

December 14th, 2011

Students on US Military Bases Do Well

Why do students on military bases do better than those at regular public schools in the US? Why is the achievement gap between African-American and white students narrower on military bases?

Photo by Don Bryan from the Camp Lejeune Globe, North Carolina

– at least one parent in the family has a job – […]

December 12th, 2011

Santiago’s Brain by Jeff Tietz

Here’s an excerpt from a beautifully written, moving article by Jeff Tietz about an exceptionally advanced learner. It’s in the December 8th, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The complete article is here.

Santiago's Brain by Jeff Tietz – Rolling Stone Magazine – December 8, 2011

Having considered any relevant ideas on […]

December 9th, 2011

ISP Evaluation

The Cambridge Public Schools’ Intensive Studies Program (ISP) was evaluated over the past six months by Nancy Brigham Associates (NBA) of Lexington, MA. NBA’s report, titled Perceptions and Realities: An Evaluation of the Intensive Studies Program, was published on the CPS website on December 2, 2011. It includes a thoughtful exploration of the issue of […]

December 6th, 2011

Q&A on Academic Challenge Policy and Related Topics

A new FAQ from Cambridge Public Schools‘ Superintendent Jeff Young was published yesterday. The FAQ is one of several answering questions about the Innovation Agenda currently being implemented in Cambridge’s middle Schools. This latest FAQ includes sections answering some questions about middle school math, Academic Challenge, the Intensive Studies Program, and advanced learners. The link […]