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December 13, 2013

Kansas City, Mo., Schools Ask Court to Hold Off on Student Transfer Law

The Kansas City school district will ask a court to stop transfers out of the district, mandated by a 1993 law, while the Missouri Board of Education considers a pending request to grant the district provisional accreditation.

August 05, 2013

Student Transfers Will Likely Bankrupt Missouri District

A small number of unaccredited districts in Missouri struggle to stay afloat financially as students opt to transfer to nearby accredited school systems.

June 28, 2013

Kansas City Students Can't Leave Unaccredited District

Unaccredited districts and transfers in Missouri.

June 05, 2013

Kansas City, Mo., District Moves Toward Regaining Accreditation

The embattled district shows signs of improvement that could lead to restoring its standing with state education officials.

April 24, 2013

The K-12 MOOC: It's a Matter of Time

I'm not ready to suggest that we ought to replace high school with a succession of MOOCs, but I can see a place for them, thanks to my smart kid friends. By and large these are kids for whom school curricula are a baseline, hoops to be jumped through and milestones to be checked off on a transcript. Even so-called "college level" programs like AP and IB are more about putting sweat equity into transcripts than feeding their hungry intellects; more work doesn't always mean more thinking.

April 12, 2013

AACTE Critiques Proposed Accreditation Standards

AACTE provides critical feedback on aspects of a set of draft teacher college accreditation standards.

March 18, 2013

Big Data in Independent Schools: Assessing What We Value?

I find it encouraging that there are tools to actually assess what we value--critical thinking, problem-solving, writing, engagement and curiosity--and to give us support in valuing what we assess.

February 15, 2013

Overhaul of Teacher-Prep Standards Targets Recruitment, Performance

A panel recommends new teacher-preparation accreditation standards that would up the ante on candidates and on the impact on K-12 student learning.

December 07, 2012

World Education University Disrupts the Cost of Higher Education

Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were the top megatrend of 2012. MOOCs made the shift from curiosity to employability. Antioch University is proving that it's getting easier to convert a MOOC experience into college credit. ACE is close behind, evaluating Coursera courses for credit. EdX and the Gates Foundation partnered this month to offer MOOCs at MassBay Community Colleges, proctored through Pearson VUE.

October 17, 2012

St. Louis Schools Regains Accreditation After Five Years

St. Louis has an accredited school district again, after a vote from the state's board of education yesterday. The district now meets seven of the state's fourteen criteria.

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