One early item I can report from the Charter Commission meeting yesterday is that nearly all the charters the Commission oversees are full but only one has a waitlist (meaning only one had to have a lottery - that would be Rainier Prep ), Soar Academy will be the most overenrolled, while the Summit schools report very good MAP scores but neither has a waitlist.
Important reading from a Teachers College survey of parents on opting out.
“For activists, the concerns are about more than the tests,” said Oren Pizmony-Levy, TC Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education, who co-authored the study with Nancy Green Saraisky, Research Associate and TC alumna. “We were surprised that the survey reveals a broader concern about corporate education reform relying on standardized test-based accountability, and the increased role of ‘edu-businesses’ and corporations in schools.”Good news from Yakima on more students going to college, from Our Kids, Our Future:
In its July 29 report on 2016 standardized test scores, New York State disclosed that about 21 percent, or an estimated 250,000 of the approximately 1.1 million eligible public school students across the state, declined to take the tests. These figures do not significantly differ from the previous year, when New York State led the nation in combined math and English Language Arts test refusals.
57 Yakima School District seniors earned the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship this year out of 107 applicants. That’s nearly a 50% success rate.
Thanks to Teacher, Mark Cheney’s, work and the efforts at our 2 comprehensive high schools – Eisenhower and Davis – (also one winner at Stanton Academy!), Yakima had a dramatic increase in applicants over last year.
Davis went from 17 applicants last year to 62 this year and Eisenhower went from 16 to 53. This represents nearly a 325% increase. The state average was 77%. Something to celebrate!U.S. Department of Education Regional Advisory Committee is looking for feedback on regional concerns via a survey. It's brief, only five questions. They have quite a long list of items for "highest priority for education in region" but not funding but that's what I wrote in.
I previously mentioned that the new driver's license test is longer and now the news it includes questions on pot use and cellphone use.
What fictional school would you want to attend (asks The Atlantic)? My vote would go to Hogwarts (but going to Faber College afterwards.)
What's on your mind?