January 2nd, 2014

NYTimes Editorial Board Calls for Improved Gifted Education

The editorial board of the New York Times recently published this call to action, asking US education leaders to greatly increase efforts to identify and develop students of every race and class who have both the intelligence and drive to succeed at very high levels. The piece, titled “Even Gifted Students Can’t Keep Up“, offers […]

April 30th, 2013

The Rich-Poor Student Achievement Gap Has Grown Over the Decades

In this NY Times Opinionator article titled “No Rich Child Left Behind“, Sean F. Reardon, professor of education and sociology at Stanford, explores how wealth has taken over race as the dominating factor in determining students’ success. The rich-poor gap in student achievement has widened significantly over the last 50 years. Here’s an excerpt:

February 2nd, 2013

New Advanced Academic Centers in DC Area Public Schools

This Washington Post article titled “Fairfax approves limited expansion of gifted-education program” by T. Rees Shapiro, covers the creation of new advanced academic centers in the Fairfax County public schools. Here’s an excerpt:

“The Fairfax County School Board has approved a modest expansion of the gifted-education program, creating more learning opportunities for the […]

September 28th, 2012

Education for All Shouldn’t Be About Rationing Limited Resources

RiShawn Biddle’s editorial board, who cover the reform of American public education in blog Dropout Nation, compiled three excerpts about the difficulty of trying to meet students’ advanced learning needs without exascerbating race- and class-driven acheivement gaps. The piece is called — The Power of Challenging Young Minds. Excerpt authors are: Sara Mead of Bellwether […]

May 28th, 2012

Massachusetts Ranks at Bottom for Funding Advanced Learning

In the Milford Daily News, Scott O’Connell reports on the dire lack of Massachusetts statewide funds to support students with advanced learning needs — “Gifted Education Funding Falling Short on High Achievers”. Here are some excerpts:

Often misunderstood because of its name, gifted and talented education is essentially a kind of special education […]

May 22nd, 2012

Race to the Top 2012 is About ‘Personalizing’ Education

The US government’s Race to the Top 2012 pits town against town, to see which school district can best personalize education for it’s students. Joy Resmovits of the Huffington Post reports in this piece: “Race To The Top 2012 Invites School Districts To Compete”. Here’s an excerpt:

The competition this year opens $400 […]

April 14th, 2012

High Stakes Testing for Advanced Learning Programs in NYC

The practice of basing entry into advanced learning programs on a single aptitude test — taken by pre-kindergartners — creates very high stakes, and broadens the opportunity gap between parents who can afford expensive tutoring, and those who can’t. Karson Yiu and Edward Lovett report on this phenomenon in “Parents Spend Thousands on Test-Prep to […]

April 11th, 2012

Advanced Learning Changes in Chicago’s District 181

Chicago’s school district 181 grapples with program changes, including changes to it’s offerings for advanced learners, and including offering Algebra to more 8th graders. Jane Michaels wrote about it in the Chicago Sun Times’ Clarendon Hill news: “District 181 gifted program changes come under fire”. Here’s an excerpt:

“I don’t know of any […]

March 9th, 2012

Research Shows Poverty Creates the Biggest Achievement Gap of All

Jordan Weissmann wrote recently about the poverty gap in the Atlantic — “Occupy Kindergarten: The Rich-Poor Divide Starts With Education”. Here’s an excerpt:

Economic class is increasingly becoming the great dividing line of American education.

The New York Times has published a roundup of recent research showing the growing academic achievement […]

February 19th, 2012

Senator Kerry on NCLB Waiver & Educational Competitiveness

In today’s Fall River Wicked Local: “Guest Opinion: No Child Left Behind waiver gives Mass. school districts flexibility” by US Senator John Kerry. Here’s an excerpt:

There’s no better place than Massachusetts to start a national discussion about how to adapt our education system so Americans can compete in the global economy. Massachusetts […]