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Inside Maine’s disastrous rollout of proficiency-based learning

Hechinger Report - April 19, 2019 3162

This past fall, Ragan Toppan, 16, walked out of her Algebra II class at Deering High School to protest her school’s recent switch to standards-based grading. Toppan, a junior at the high school, was angry that the administration hadn’t sought student input about the change, and worried that a switch to a 1-4 grading system, […]


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Thrive Schools Hoping MAP Growth Scores Can Make a Difference

Northwest Evaluation Association - March 07, 2019 820

Just over four years ago, Thrive Public Schools received a charter from the state of California for their mission to meet individual students where they are and... Continue Reading


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New study casts doubts on effectiveness of personalized learning program in New Jersey

Hechinger Report - February 25, 2019 242

In the fall of 2015, five schools in the industrial port city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, dumped their usual math curriculum and started teaching their middle school students through a computerized system called “Teach to One.” It was an experiment in so-called “personalized learning,” where algorithms churned out customized lessons for each student. Many of […]


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Jeff Bryant: Why Many Democrats and Progressives Are Abandoning Charter Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog

Spigot Community via @LearningLurker - May 15, 2019 197

A site to discuss better education for all « » //     Jeff Bryant It is not just because Trump and DeVos are pushing charters, though surely that is one reason. Arne Duncanpromoted charters as enthusiastically as DeVos. But something has changed. Bryant writes: The politics of charter schools have changed, and bipartisan support for these publicly funded, privately controlled schools has reached a turning point. A sure sign of the change came from Democrats in the House Appropriations Committee who have in federal charter school grants that would to $400 million, $40 million below current levels and $100 million less than what the Trump administration has proposed.