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The 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores are in, and according to the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA), there are some important findings in several urban districts across the United States. While a few districts evidenced score declines, a significant number of urban districts showed significant gains. NAEP data: Statistically significant educational gains in… Read More

Every three years since 2000, American 15-year-olds join students around the world in taking the PISA, or Programme for International Student Assessment. This test measures skills in reading, science, and math and allows for international comparisons of student learning and ability. Considered a fairly good measure of critical thinking, this test provides insight into the… Read More

Teaching Critical Thinking Through Debate

By The SHARE Team October 17, 2013

As the time draws near for U.S. citizens to exercise their voting rights, teachers have an opportunity to engage students in classroom discussions surrounding the presidential elections. Students must be taught to frame their knowledge with deeper concepts than what immediately surrounds them. For example, French and Spanish territories in what is now known as… Read More

Beep beep beep beep. Thud. Silence.  Beep beep beep. Parents across the world are familiar with the sound and may even be unwilling participants in the struggle to wake their children for high school. Teens everywhere press the snooze buttons on their alarms, cover their heads with their pillows, and ignore the smell of breakfast… Read More

Human Rights Day Spotlights Global Education of Women

By Marcus Hennessy, CEA December 29, 2012

Our world has no excuse for blocking women’s fundamental right to get an education. That was the take-home message at last month’s United Nations Human Rights Day, which used a series of events around the world to focus on basic rights and especially the rights of girls and women to become educated. The Human Rights… Read More

Fifty percent of unemployed youth ages 16-21 are functionally illiterate with no prospects of obtaining good jobs, according to U.S. government researchers. That is a scary statistic to consider. Teachers of every grade level are striving to educate children so that they become adults with satisfying careers. But current statistics provide a sobering view of… Read More

10-Year Spending Trends in U.S. Education

By The SHARE Team October 2, 2012

As most teachers and administrators know, spending on education in the United States varies widely from state to state and even among individual school districts. Local and state taxes, federal allocations and special grants are just a few of the factors which affect the distribution of money among schools. Most public schools rely heavily on… Read More

Past, Present, and Future of Special Education

By The SHARE Team September 27, 2012

The term “special education” refers to instructional content, delivery, equipment and methods specifically geared toward students who have one or more special needs. These needs can vary from physical, cognitive or mental disabilities to developmental disorders and learning disabilities. The special education process ensures that children with disabilities have a better chance to succeed and… Read More

Environmental Education Gains Traction in K-12 Policy Goals

By Marcus Hennessy, CEA August 2, 2012

“Despite years of effort on the part of well-meaning environmental educators, despite all the research evidence regarding global deterioration, despite all the warnings, we have not been able to make environmental education a basic and important part of the curricula of our schools.” –Dr. Louis A. Iozzi, Emeritus Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural… Read More

Arts education in American schools has become a hot topic of discussion that has reached even the doors of the White House. What are the reasons for such discussion? Many other schools around the world are surpassing American education on several subjects, including arts education. According to the National Endowment for the Arts’ Survey of Public… Read More

This post has been updated as of December 2017. Love them or hate them, standardized tests play a major role in education today. Whether they are achievement tests measuring subject-specific knowledge or aptitude tests measuring scholastic readiness, the goal of the assessments is to provide a yardstick to evaluate student performance across state standards. But… Read More

Our educational system has always been affected by legislation and at no time more profoundly than during the last 15 years. While the early part of this decade and a half saw some change, in the years from 2000 to the present, the changes were more fundamental. During those years, falling tests scores became a… Read More

What is Race to the Top?

By The SHARE Team September 27, 2011

On July 24, 2009, President Obama and the U.S. Department of Education announced the beginning of the Race to the Top Fund competitive grant program. The program is meant to challenge state education authorities to enact “ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform” (according to www2.ed.gov). The four major goals… Read More