Teachers and parents (and, of course, students) have made their dislike of a test-heavy curriculum known—but now pockets of parents around the country are flat-out protesting the exams by urging their kids to boycott them.
The joy of handwriting may be a thing of the past for today’s students as more and more schools are focusing on keyboarding skills and leaving cursive behind. Indiana is the latest state to remove the requirement to teach cursive in its public schools. Rather than learning handwriting, students will be expected to master computer skills.
You’ve doubtless heard the statistics by now, statistics that show American students falling behind academically when compared with their counterparts in other industrialized nations. As a nation, we are failing to remain competitive in education, which basically means we are failing to remain competitive. Period.
What has the PTA done for me lately? I’ve heard this question a lot. When I was serving as the communications board member for my local PTA, there were a lot of parents who questioned whether we were doing anything of value. Maybe I should have communicated better about our mission and actions because we were WORKING HARD to improve our school and support our teachers.
South Carolina is part of two state groups to get $330 Million in federal funds over four years to develop new testing. The test will be aligned with the Common Core Standards that were recently headed by the ntaion's governors and chief state school officers. South Carolina as well as 36 other states adopted these standards with more states expected to sign on by the end of the year. The test would be used to measure students knowledge of math and English from third grade through high school. They will be computer based and will measure
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