September 4th, 2013

A Brief History of Algebra 1 Instruction in Massachusetts

Kenneth Chang’s article titled “Expecting the Best Yields Results in Massachusetts” takes a look at the history of middle school math and science education in Massachusetts. Here’s an excerpt:

“Some think it was the added money; others note that successful countries operate schools at much lower costs.

Some think high-stakes testing […]

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 […]

March 16th, 2012

Massachusetts School Improvement Blueprint Addresses Advanced Learners

The new Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a blueprint for statewide school improvement which has evolved out of MA’s Response to Intervention program over the last 5 years. A complete outline of MTSS was recently posted on the Massachusetts Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education website (Fall 2011).

The introduction to MTSS states:

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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 […]

January 13th, 2012

MA Lags Way Behind Other States in Supporting Advanced Learners

How’s our state doing compared to other US states in supporting advanced learners? Check out this article by Doug Page, in the Dec 29th, 2011 issue of Bay State Parent Magazine — Ignored: Gifted Children in Massachusetts.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Bay State doesn’t mandate gifted education. The last time it spent money […]