Lake County Record-Bee: As California launches preschool expansion, federal government seeks to limit data

Lake County Record-Bee: As California launches preschool expansion, federal government seeks to limit data. “…the U.S. Department of Education is proposing to stop collecting a wide range of data, including information about young children, such as how many children have access to preschool and kindergarten, broken down by race, sex, disability and English learner status.”

KRCR: How is your child’s school performing? New tool allows parents to check online

KRCR: How is your child’s school performing? New tool allows parents to check online. “On December 12, 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) launched the 2019 California School Dashboard in an effort to provide information about school performance online. The Dashboard consists of all the latest data available on graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores, English learner progress, college/career readiness and chronic absenteeism for the 2018-2019 school year.”

The Guardian: A gun is fired on US school grounds twice a week, database reveals

The Guardian: A gun is fired on US school grounds twice a week, database reveals. “A gun is fired on a school campus in America nearly twice a week. Suicide, homicides, a police shooting, attacks on students by other students: more than once a month this past year, gunfire on American school and university campuses has turned deadly, according to a database of school gunfire incidents compiled by advocates.”

NJ .com: New tool lets you see if there’s lead in the water at your school

NJ .com: New tool lets you see if there’s lead in the water at your school. “For parents who want to know if there is lead in the water at their kid’s school, finding the answer is now a little bit easier. On Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Education launched a new website to serve as a centralized database with information about lead testing in Garden State schools.”

ProPublica Illinois: The Federal Government Collects Data on How Often Schools Seclude Children. The Numbers Don’t Add Up.

ProPublica Illinois: The Federal Government Collects Data on How Often Schools Seclude Children. The Numbers Don’t Add Up.. “In fall 2015, Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Crystal Lake first used its Blue Room, a padded space that allows school workers to place students in ‘isolated timeout’ for safety reasons. Students were secluded in that room more than 120 times during the 2015-16 school year, according to records obtained by ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune. Yet the district, in its required reporting to the federal government, said it hadn’t used seclusion at all that school year.”

EdScoop: Edtech purchasing a guessing game for schools, but new data could help

EdScoop: Edtech purchasing a guessing game for schools, but new data could help. “To help schools make sense of the overwhelming number of educational technology products available, a team of education experts have developed an evidence-based resource that will improve the process of edtech acquisition and implementation, a nonprofit group announced last week.”

Route Fifty: The Legislative Push to Bring Back Cursive

Route Fifty: The Legislative Push to Bring Back Cursive. “Loop the T, hold the pen just so, practice writing, ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’: if legislators in Wisconsin have their way, elementary school students will soon become versed in the lost art of cursive handwriting instruction.”