From The Stranger on Mayor Murray's budget and public education:
He's also pledged to "triple public preschool classrooms by 2018 and undertake several education programs focused on racial inequities."
He proposes expanding “My Brother’s Keeper,” a mentoring program for African American male middle school students, increase slots in summer learning programs, and expanding efforts to improve attendance and behavior in schools.
No word on where he's going to put all those pre-K classrooms.
No word on his promise earlier this year at the Education Summit to end homelessness for Seattle children by the end of this year.
KUOW has a story on the SGP (student growth percentile) that appears on your child's state test score report.
"I hate to hear myself give you this advice, but my advice to parents is to ignore the student growth percentiles," Sireci said. Measurement error is much greater on standardized tests than on a doctor's office scale, he said.KUOW also had a good (early) story on the new SPS bell times.
"These growth percentiles are based on two or more tests administered over two or more years, and that measurement error actually compounds," Sireci said. "There is a need to come up with new and better ways to measure students' progress over time, but this is not the way."
Oh joy, a Minecraft game for public schools, from Engadget.
I'm adding this one in - one boy's guide to 3rd grade. Very cute.
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