At Learning Point Associates, our reputation for providing high-quality, research-based solutions is growing. The following headlines represent some of our recent mentions in the press.
More Students Being Held Back a Grade
Rocky Mountain News. November 26, 2004
After more than one in 40 Colorado students repeated a grade last school year at a cost of $109 million to taxpayers, the newspaper took a look at the state's retention rates. The paper cites a North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) report, which finds that national retention rates have risen by about 40 percent in the past two decades. The NCREL report reveals that both promoting and retaining students who aren't academically prepared to move on to the next grade can have negative effects on student achievement, and suggests better, cheaper alternatives to retention.
Tigard Sees Increase In Needy Students
The Oregonian. November 25, 2004
Mobility can affect a child's success in school, according to this newspaper report which focuses on students in Tigard, Oregon. The newspaper cites statistics from the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, which reveals that 41 percent of children who move often are low achievers, compared with 26 percent of stable students.
Public Schools to Close Friday for Day Long Teacher Trainings
The Virgin Islands Daily News. November 11, 2004
Coaches from Learning Point Associates are set to lead a daylong professional development program, called Charting a New Course: Literacy and Leadership, for all school employees in the St. Thomas-St. John district.
National Panel Recommends Strategy for Raising Achievement
ASCD Special Report, ASCD SmartBrief. November 10, 2004
In a special report focusing on solutions to achievement gaps, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development cites a 2004 report by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, All Students Reaching the Top: Strategies for Closing Academic Achievement Gaps.
High-Stakes Testing and Assessment
Technology & Learning. November 1, 2004
This magazine article recommends reading Approaches to Authentic Assessment, published by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory and available online at http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/envrnmnt/stw/sw1lk8.htm
Closing Achievement Gaps
Progressive Policy Institute: 21st Century Schools Project Bulletin: Vol. 4, No. 19
Special mention is given to the report, All Students Reaching the Top: Strategies for Closing Academic Achievement Gaps, in the Quick Clicks section.The 2004 North Central Regional Educational Laboratory report is available online at http://www.ncrel.org/gap/studies/thetop.htm
Strategies For Closing Academic Achievement Gaps
Public Education Network Weekly NewsBlast. October 15, 2004
The report, All Students Reaching the Top: Strategies for Closing Academic Achievement Gaps, is highlighted in this issue of PEN Weekly NewsBlast. PEN states that the 2004 North Central Regional Educational Laboratory report provides a set of practical recommendations for what policymakers, educators, parents, and the community can do to move all students—particularly minority and low-income students—to high levels of academic achievement.
Testing Alone Won’t Close Gap, Expert Panel Argues
Education Daily. October 7, 2004
The 2004 North Central Regional Educational Laboratory report, All Students Reaching the Top: Strategies for Closing Academic Achievement Gaps, was highlighted on the front page of Education Daily.
Panel Outlines Strategy For Raising Minority Achievement
Education Week. October 6, 2004
The report, All Students Reaching the Top: Strategies for Closing Academic Achievement Gaps, is the basis for this article.
The article states that the report calls on the nation’s educators to embrace a strategy of "affirmative development"—in other words, a deliberate attempt to build students' intellectual capabilities.
Task Force Sets Goals to Close Achievement Gaps
Sioux City Journal. October 6, 2004
Dr. Judy Stewart, a consultant for Learning Point Associates, lends her expertise in closing achievement gaps to Iowa Governor Vilsack’s Task Force.
Vilsack to Review Findings on City’s Achievement Gaps
Sioux City Journal. October 4, 2004
Dr. Judy Stewart, a consultant for Learning Point Associates, analyzes and interprets local and national data to assess the achievement gaps in the Sioux City Community School District.
Project-Based Learning: Equity Revisited
Learning & Leading with Technology. October 1, 2004
Writer Diane McGrath cites enGauge 21st Century Skills: Literacy in the Digital Age, published in 2003 by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory and the Metiri Group, and other reports as excellent guides for teaching with technology to benefit all learners in this International Society for Technology in Education magazine article.