Missouri drops 4 spots to 32 in 50-state ranking on child well-being

(The Center Square) ‚Äď Missouri declined in all four areas measured by the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, published by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, as it dropped from 28th… Read More

June 25, 2024
Kansas school district deceives school board and parents about reading proficiency

(The Sentinel) ‚Äď According to the¬†Lawrence Journal-World, USD 497 Chief Academic Officer Patrick Kelly announced at the June 10 board meeting that the Lawrence, Kansas district… Read More

June 19, 2024
Public Education
Science of reading produces ‚Äėremarkable progress‚Äô in early literacy, new Alaska data shows

Evidence-based reading instruction is boosting Alaska‚Äôs K-3 test scores, new data reveals. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the success of the Alaska Reads Act, citing large increases in reading proficiency. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm… Read More

June 14, 2024
Public Education
School choice doubles proficiency rates in minority, low-income Philadelphia students

Philadelphia students who receive school choice scholarships are twice as likely to be proficient in reading and math, a new report reveals. Children‚Äôs Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP), a nonprofit scholarship-granting… Read More

June 7, 2024
Science of reading helps English language learners, study finds  

Lauded as a solution to the nation‚Äôs escalating literary crisis, the science of reading is taking early childhood education by storm.   Policymakers from coast to coast ‚Äď including… Read More

May 23, 2024
Public Education
They spent $30K per pupil, but only 28% of 8th graders proficient in math

(The Daily Signal) ‚Äď The public schools in the state of New York doled out $29,284 per pupil in ‚Äúcurrent expenditures‚ÄĚ in fiscal year 2022, according to a report published… Read More

May 10, 2024
California‚Äôs ‚Äėanti-literacy‚Äô teachers‚Äô union opposes science of reading bill, critics say

The largest teachers‚Äô union in California opposes reading reforms because it wants the bar to remain low, some education policy experts say. The California Teachers Association (CTA) is openly opposing… Read More

April 11, 2024
Public Education
Kansas superintendent touts ‘rebranding’ in an era of declining test scores

(The Sentinel) ‚Äď The Olathe school district does not permit school board members to conduct annual needs assessments to improve student outcomes as required in state law, but district officials… Read More

February 8, 2024
Public Education
Ohio school board hands tied by teachers’ union lawsuit, loses grant for reading tutors  

An Ohio school board has reluctantly agreed not to hire reading tutors after the local teachers‚Äô union filed a lawsuit. The Akron Board of Education voted… Read More

February 8, 2024
Report: Choice schools score better in reading, math

(The Center Square) ‚Äď The latest report on school choice in Wisconsin again shows choice schools outperform public schools in Milwaukee‚Äôs biggest cities and rural areas. The Apples to Apples report… Read More

January 22, 2024
Public Education
National group gives Illinois poor rating on policies that support reading instruction

(The Center Square) ‚Äď A national teaching organization is giving Illinois poor marks on policies to improve reading instruction. The National Council on Teacher Quality published a¬†… Read More

January 16, 2024
Public Education
Science of reading bridges partisan divide in education

In an era of unprecedented partisanship, education reformers from both sides of the aisle are finding common ground in a surprising place: reading instruction. In her recent State of the… Read More

January 5, 2024
Public Education
Having low-performing elementary students repeat a grade boosts long-term success, new study shows

Grade retention helps students reach higher levels of achievement, new research reveals, defying education establishment claims that repeating grades does more harm than good. Traditionally, public schools have discouraged grade… Read More

December 27, 2023
Public Education
Cursive comeback: Why states are bringing handwriting back to public education  

When Common Core standards were released in 2010, most states cut back handwriting and cursive instruction to just kindergarten and 1st grade, focusing instead on typing. … Read More

December 21, 2023
Public Education
Alabama education commission promotes science of reading, math

Alabama is boosting public education by revamping the basics ‚Äď reading and arithmetic. Alabama‚Äôs Commission on Teaching and Learning submitted a report to Gov. Kay Ivey… Read More

December 15, 2023
Public Education
Study finds scientific, phonics-based reading significantly improves literacy

(The Center Square) ‚Äď Scientific, phonics-based reading programs in California serving the state‚Äôs 75 worst-performing schools comparatively accelerated reading learning by 25% and boosted math advancement by 12% relative to… Read More

December 12, 2023
Public Education
Nearly 60,000 Michigan 3rd graders can’t read at grade level. Most will advance to 4th grade anyway

Michigan is sending thousands of 3rd graders into 4th grade despite more than half struggling to read. Michigan State University‚Äôs education policy center released a new report detailing reading scores… Read More

November 27, 2023
Public Education
Education reformers question whether Wisconsin public schools are actually meeting expectations, despite district report cards

(The Center Square) ‚Äď Despite test scores that show nearly 60% of students in Wisconsin schools cannot read or do math at grade level, more than 90% of school districts… Read More

November 15, 2023
Reading program connects military service members with schools around country

(The Center Square) ‚Äď A reading program is connecting U.S. service members with students in schools in Illinois and around the country. Visual Story Time with a Service Member is… Read More

November 13, 2023
Public Education
Wisconsin public school students struggle with reading, math

(The Center Square) ‚Äď Nearly 60% of students in Wisconsin’s Public Schools continue to be unable to read, write or do math at grade level. The State’s Department of Public Instruction… Read More

October 11, 2023