Teens from Asian countries dominate in global assessments (AP): Fifteen-year-olds from several Asian countries outperformed their American peers in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA. U.S. students failed to crack the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to scores released today. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results “a picture of educational stagnation.”
Some schools back away from zero-tolerance discipline policies (The New York Times): Amid increased evidence that zero-tolerance policies lead to higher dropout rates and low academic performance, urban districts from Baltimore to Denver are rethinking discipline policies and opting to let misbehaving students stay in class.
In LA, new models emerge for getting parents involved (Los Angeles Times): Community and civil rights groups are stepping up to help get parents involved in LA’s education system, with many specifically targeting immigrant parents.
- Puyallup schools turn thumbs down on lunch line palm scanners (The News Tribune)
- Selective Goucher College brings liberal arts into Maryland prisons (The Washington Post)
- Oregon packs in most students per teacher in history (The Oregonian)
- Once blocked, Twitter and other social media become classroom tools (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)