PISA exam, tested in Blue Valley schools, goes deeper than rankings

American schools, by holding steady on international test scores released today, are falling further behind the world’s top-performing countries in reading, science and especially math. While alarms sound across the country about the state of U.S. education, voices from all directions are stressing that it is not the rankings that matter, but how school systems […]

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Common Core in Practice: Great Teachers Demonstrate Moving to Deeper Learning

In states across the country, teachers and school leaders are working to implement the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. When implemented well, the standards can empower and guide educators to work much more deeply with students and help improve their critical-thinking and real-world problem-solving skills while mastering core content. […]

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Beyond the Scores: A Close-Up Look at U.S. Schools that Are Global Leaders

In our 21st century global economy, U.S. students need new skills and a stronger knowledge base more than ever before. Educators and communities across America are responding by shifting toward higher expectations, better instruction, and deeper learning. As teachers work with young people to help them reach new academic heights, we need assessments that can […]

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Great Principals: Making Data Useful

America Achieves has partnered with New Leaders, a national nonprofit focused on developing transformational school leaders, to produce this series of videos focused on school leadership. The principals featured were identified by New Leaders’ Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) awards program as exemplar leaders of high-poverty schools that have demonstrated impressive gains in student achievement. […]

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Great Principals: Building A Culture for Success

America Achieves has partnered with New Leaders, a national nonprofit focused on developing transformational school leaders, to produce this series of videos focused on school leadership. The principals featured were identified by New Leaders’ Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) awards program as exemplar leaders of high-poverty schools that have demonstrated impressive gains in student achievement. […]

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Great Principals: Developing Every Teacher

Our best school leaders all have one thing in common: They develop and support the teachers in their schools. The principals featured in these videos work to ensure their teachers routinely reflect on their practice, receive meaningful feedback, and connect student learning to their own practices. These principals regularly observe teachers, lead evaluations that identify […]

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My Little (Global) School

There was a time when middle-class parents in America could be — and were — content to know that their kids’ public schools were better than those in the next neighborhood over. As the world has shrunk, though, the next neighborhood over is now Shanghai or Helsinki. So, last August, I wrote a column quoting […]

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