Friday Reading List: Test Scores and More
Like the rest of us, I'm sure you have been busy this week reading about who won Race to the Top (or didn't) and anniversary stories on Hurricane Katrina.
As always, there's lots more newsy stuff we didn't get to talk about this week, so here's some of the best stories you may not have yet read.
- An analysis of the District of Columbia's test score data shows progress has slowed in closing achievement gaps. While overall gaps have narrowed since Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee took over in 2007, the gap now isn't closing as quickly.
- The Detroit school system got the help of Bill Cosby and the Rev. Jesse Jackson in rallying students back to school. The system revived it's "I'm In" campaign from last fall, which seeks not only to stem the tide of declining enrollment, but convince some who have their children in private and charter schools to re-consider the district as an option.
- Parents in Jefferson County, Ky. (which includes Lousiville) are upset about changes to the district's student-assignment plan that led to confusion, and in a few instances, students not getting home until hours after school ended.
- New York Gov. David A. Paterson could really use your help figuring out what President Obama's signature education program is called.