Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 3
Equitable access to strong teachers critical for underserved students
Black, Latino and Native students, and students from low-income families, are less likely to have access to strong, consistent teaching than their White and more affluent peers in school districts across the nation, according to a new report from The Education Trust.
While many states continue to ignore this inequity, some state leaders are moving in the right direction, according to the report, “Tackling Gaps in Access to Strong Teachers: What State Leaders Can Do.”
“Strong teachers are essential for improving student learning. But students who already face barriers based on race or class are too often the very students who are denied the opportunity to study with these strong teachers. This slows down student learning, widens achievement gaps, and inhibits students from reaching their full academic potential,” said Allison Rose Socol, co-author and assistant director for P-12 policy at The Education Trust. “That’s why it’s critical that state education leaders take seriously their responsibility — and their ability — to help ensure that children who need strong teachers get strong teachers.”
Hispanic high school dropout rate has plummeted in past two decades
The dropout rate among Hispanic high school students has continued its rapid decline, reaching a new low of ten percent in 2016, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. During the same period, college entrance rates for Hispanic students have continued to increase, with 47 percent of Hispanic high school graduates enrolling in college.
- Michigan’s prosperity depends on improving education – Doug Rothwell, The Detroit News
- “Reading With A Purpose” Helps Students Learn –Charles Honey, School News Network
- Is parental satisfaction enough? – Michael J. Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
- Want to boost test scores? Experts say Indiana must change teaching – Shaina Cavazos, Chalkbeat
- Inside ESSA Plans: How Are States Looking Beyond Test Scores? – Alyson Klein, Education Week
House Workforce and Talent Development Committee meets today in at 9:30 a.m. in room 326 of the House Office Building. Agenda: Presentation on Career Pathways Alliance Initiative and Career and Technical Education programs.