May 2006 Archives

The presence of A's and B's on a report card is cause for celebration for students and parents alike. But do letter grades accurately represent a student's understanding of the subjects taught in schools? In this May 2006 article from Educational Leadership, elementary school principal M. Jon Dean discusses why he believes that it is time for schools to look past the traditional letter-grade marking system and come up with new ways to assess student achievement....


As part of its continuing series on one-room schools, this feature from National Public Radio looks at a school in Death Valley, Nv., where there are 11 students from kindergarten through fourth grade, one full-time teacher and one teaching aide. Students in poorer communities like Death Valley have been seen to benefit from the small school set up. Of the 11 students at the Nevada school, nine are working above grade level in some subjects....


From the podcast archives of "The Merrow Report" (scroll down to 2nd from last item), Sports Illustrated senior writer Frank Deford talks about the influence of big time sports on college campuses. Are sports that demand so much time and dedication really compatible with the demands of attaining an undergraduate degree? Mr. Deford thinks not. And what's more, he thinks these student-athletes deserve a salary. (Media player required.)...


About 300,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with autism, according to recent surveys by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And many of those children never learn to speak. But some believe that facilitated communication, a controversial technique in which people with limited or no speech communicate by typing on a keyboard while receiving physical and emotional support from a facilitator, may be one solution. Claudia Wallis describes her experience with facilitated communication in this article from Time Magazine....


A year after riots broke out between black and Latino students at Thomas Jefferson High School, the Los Angeles Unified School District has its sights set on improving the quality of education at the troubled school. This National Public Radio report looks at the district's plans to turn the crowded South Central campus into small learning communities....


This article from Newsweek is the introduction to its annual 1000 Best High Schools feature. The magazine describes the list as recognizing "schools that do the best job of preparing average students for college." Did your school make the list? Is this list a fair indication of high school success? Have your say....


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