School-wise news keeps making headlines; among them…

  • The best states for teacher salaries, and healthy work environments: #1 North Dakota, followed by New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Connecticut.
  • Under Obama, linking teacher evaluations to student test scores was a priority, with 43 states signing on under his Race to the Top. That number thankfully now stands at 34.
  • When it comes to comprehension skills, a new study finds 61% of elementary students remember characters and plot when reading large-print text. 48% of high schoolers do more free reading from such books, and 43% of middle schoolers report less anxiety when so engaged.
  • An Annenberg Public Policy Center survey found that in 2019, just 39% of respondents could name the 3 branches of the federal government up from 32% last year. 25% could only name one branch and more than 20% couldn’t name even one.
  • A recent EdPulse survey found that 90% of respondents feel it’s important/very important to provide students with outdoor learning opportunities and connecting with nature.
  • About cellphones in schools, an EdPulse survey found that 50% of teachers allow  students to keep them with guidelines and use expectations; 22% allow limited usage, while 15% limit usage, with 11% banning them outright. Just 1.9% let students keep them with no restrictions.
  • Be forewarned: Laspersky Labs detected 122,000 malware attacks disguised in digital textbooks.
  • In the last year, 33 states have adopted 57 policies that support computer science education; nevertheless, just 45% of high schools teach computer science.
  • Enrollment in charter schools grew more than 5 times between 2000 and 2016, outpacing the enrollment growth of just 1% in traditional public schools. Meanwhile, in 2016, some 1.7 children were homeschooled.
  • The ACT college entrance exam’s newest option allows students who take it at national testing centers on Saturdays to retake individual sections as of September 2020.
  • Student debt has now hit a record $29,200, about a 2% increase from the class of 2017. Nationally, student debt has his the $1.6 trillion mark!
  • The Marshals Service says the cost of protecting U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos has already hit $6.24 million.