A student's grade point average may not be a true indication of what they have learned, according to Bucknell University professors Tom Solomon and Adam Piggott. In this commentary, they advocate that students be issued a GPA and a GPA of Medians, which would offer context by showing the GPA students would have received if they received the median grade in each course they took.
This summer, students at a Waukegan, Ill., high school will learn about their city's history with teacher Josh Bill, who is designing a class focused on the city's history of industrialization, immigration and the civil rights movement. Lessons will include primary and secondary sources, such as documents about a visit that civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael made to Waukegan High School.
Many rural schools, especially those in isolated areas of Alaska, struggle to identify and serve students who are gifted. Some students enrich their learning through online classes, but these courses don't offer students a community of learners to enhance the experience, Carolyn Callahan, professor at the University of Virginia, said.
When explaining a complicated subject, determine what parts matter most to the audience and focus on them, writes Ian Altman. "By knowing your audience, simplifying the information you present and drawing parallels to things that are known, you can explain difficult concepts with clarity and ease," he writes.
It is possible to evaluate what students have learned without relying on standardized tests, asserts high-school English teacher Jessica Smith. In this blog post, she shares how she engaged her own students in a challenge to demonstrate their understanding of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."
CDC researchers found the number of high-school students who reported having had sex dropped from 48% in 2007 to 39.5% in 2017, while the number of those who had used illicit drugs declined from 23% to 14% during the same period, with both rates being the lowest since the annual survey of youth risk behavior started in 1991. The findings, published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also found fewer sexually active teens were using condoms.
In a letter to the US Education Department's inspector general, two Democratic lawmakers are asking for a review of the department's ethics program after the hiring of a former for-profit college executive. The lawmakers say in the letter that senior official Robert Eitel played a role in delaying borrower defense and gainful employment rules that affect the for-profit sector, which they allege violates ethics laws.
Students who attended historically black colleges and universities to earn a graduate degree or professional certification are less likely to have paid down any of their loan principal a few years after beginning repayment than students of other schools, according to a study. The data show overall 20% of borrowers had made no progress paying down principals on their loans, and researchers say policy changes are needed.
The University of Oregon has implemented a comprehensive faculty evaluation system that includes feedback from both students and professors and focuses on qualitative measures, says Sierra Dawson, the university's associate vice provost for academic affairs. The system is intended to provide "feedback that is relevant to teaching excellence," Dawson says.
A $1.2 billion budget approved this week by a University of Louisville trustee committee cuts campus spending by 5% while increasing in-state tuition by 4%. President Neeli Bendapudi says the budget, which must be approved by the full board, is "not ideal" but provides a "short-term fix" while leaders work on long-term solutions.