Debates surrounding standardized testing cite a long list of positives and negatives. Proponents of standardized testing tout benefits like uniformity, ease of comparison, accountability, and charting of individual progress. Opponents suggest more holistic ways to measure students’ abilities and progress. At the end of the day, no one is trying to handicap students. Each “side”
Last Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that boosts parents’ rights in education and increases academic transparency in the state. In what’s known as the “Year of the Parent,” Governor DeSantis has kept his promise to fight for parental involvement in education. This new law requires community input before schools decide
How do we eradicate bullying? Guest Tom McCracken answers this question with a ringing call to action after delving into the place of faith in the classroom, school curriculum, and the heroism of teachers in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Listen to today’s podcast episode on The State of Education with Melvin Adams. Pastor Tom
When my husband and I first got married, he was shocked at the number of passionate debates my immediate and extended family regularly had. Nearly any topic, large or small, could spark a three-hour discussion—and it was rare for everyone to be on the same page. We would disagree and argue our points relentlessly, but
“Glenda’s Plan for Our Schools!” read a brightly colored sign hanging in front of me. “Fiscal responsibility, promoting community and parental involvement, and increasing special education programs and services are just some of the ideals that Glenda is committed to!” I realized that I was looking at a school board campaign flyer. The bold font
Some Colorado parents were upset to learn that their school district plans to eliminate valedictorian awards. According to local station FOX 31 Denver KDVR, the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado recently wrote a letter telling parents that class rank no longer coincides with the district’s values. Beginning 2026, valedictorian rankings will be gone.
Did you know that the Noah Webster Educational Foundation has not one, but TWO new podcasts? Every Monday, we bring you a new episode of The State of Education with Melvin Adams, a talk-show-style podcast designed to take you behind the scenes of American education. Our host Melvin interviews experts across the country about
If there was only one definition of school success, parents everywhere would be making the exact same educational choices. But they’re not. In 2017, approximately 5.7 million students enrolled in private schools. In the 2015-16 school year, around 2.9 million students enrolled in charter schools. The same year, parents homeschooled 1.6 million students. As a
Picture this: you’re a teacher and it’s testing time. Students are hushed, absorbed in their exams, when “wham!” Part of the ceiling drops and nearly hits you. You leap back and wonder what’s next to fall. World War II air raid or crumbling Philadelphia public school? The latter. Nationwide, there’s a $500 billion backlog in
Recent gas prices are soaring to record levels, panicking schools across the country. Georgia State Superintendent Richard Woods requested that the Biden Administration allow schools to use COVID-19 relief funds to cover the rising gas prices. According to one school superintendent, Kenneth Dyer, the current fuel prices are something school districts have never seen before.