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Back to School: Education in our Region, Part 2

The school transfer situation at the end of this summer has created a new sense of urgency around student success.  Our communities need young people and schools that succeed.  But what does that mean?  We’ll update the school transfer conversation.  We revisit accreditation with a look at the new MSIP5–the newest assessment tool for school and student success. You’ve also probably heard about Common Core, the new set of curriculum standards being introduced in schools nationwide. Educators across the country are debating its’ merit, and in this episode, the topic made for some lively discussion.

Just because you have a set of standards, does that mean that it’s going to make kids learn more?” – Barrett Taylor

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The Common Core Money War

The Common Core Money War

By Stephanie Simon and Nirvi Shah - One of the most expensive political fights in America this year isn’t over a Senate seat or a governor’s mansion. It’s about what your kids learn in school. Tens of millions of dollars are pouring into the battle...more …

Forget MOOCs?

Forget MOOCs?

By Will Oremus - Free online classes shouldn't replace teachers and classrooms. They should make them better. For a year or two there, free online classes seemed like they just might be the future of higher education...more …

Urban Schools Struggle with State Standards

Urban Schools Struggle with State Standards

By Rebecca S. Rivas - Several St. Louis school districts struggled with the state’s new accreditation standards, according to the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5 results released August 23rd at noon. Out of 140 possible points, St. Louis Public Schools garnered 24.6 percent of the points...more …