Welcome back from Spring Break!
I did some extra reading over the break, including a larger-than-usual foray into education topics. Here are articles from around the web that caught my eye. Enjoy!
1. Snow days don’t hurt student academic performance, but student absences from school do. From Washington Post.
2. An analysis of Pennsylvania’s School Performance Profile (SPP) rating system for schools shows that the profile scores are biased in favor of low-poverty districts like UCF. Note that PVAAS growth scores (for reading and math) are the component with the least income bias.
3. A presentation from a conference on teacher pensions shows that the biggest losers from the current retirement system are …. teachers.
4. Why grading teachers using student test scores may not yield the expected benefits
5. PA Lawmaker proposes changes to prevailing wage law, to lessen the cost of school district construction projects. I good thing to do, IMHO.
Articles from around the web that caught my eye this week. Enjoy!
1. 5 view of teacher quality – in NY Times
2. Videos that show what common core standards look like in action, for grades K-5. Something similar would be a great parent resource at UCF, if tied to our curriculum.
3. Magic Years – The Incentives Created by Pensions
4. “What works” in education?
5. Pennsylvania is #2! (Unfortunately, this is a study of the most underfunded pension plans from 2001-2013)
A few things from around the internet that caught my eye in the past week. Enjoy!
1. PSERS pension fund still massively underfunded despite stellar fund returns in 2014
2. Seriously? January is school board director appreciation month. Just what we needed! Add it to the list … January is also Weight Loss Awareness Month, National Codependency Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, and Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
3. Teacher Quality Pursued in Pittsburgh, but Groups Differ in Diagnoses and Solutions
4. How to Connect Curriculum with Standards in the Classroom