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Test turnaround: Oostburg schools now among Wisconsin elite

Nov. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EST

OOSTBURG, Wis. (AP) — Kevin Bruggink knew something didn't add up. His small-town eastern Wisconsin school district had a reputation for talented teachers and strong community support. In his 12 years in Oostburg, he'd come to feel it was deserved. But they didn't have the test scores to show it. For five...

Authorities find malnourished girl after online teacher tip

Nov. 15, 2019 1:01 AM EST

A teacher administering an online test who heard an 11-year-old student say she was hungry and only allowed to eat a small plate of rice each day alerted investigators in Ohio that something was amiss. Authorities found the girl was severely malnourished, living in filth and had been isolated for years. The girl...

Ex-insurance exec gets 6 months in college admissions scam

Nov. 13, 2019 5:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former California insurance executive was sentenced to six months in prison for paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter admitted to the University of Southern California as fake athletic recruits. Toby MacFarlane, 56, of Del Mar, California, was sentenced in Boston’s federal...

New Mexico picks new testing system for young students

Nov. 12, 2019 7:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has selected a new annual testing system to assess academic progress in grades three through eight at public schools across the state that takes up less time and can be tailored later to reflect New Mexico's cultural roots, the Public Education Department announced Tuesday....

Group criticizes delayed release of A-to-F grade for schools

Nov. 12, 2019 3:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A conservative education group on Tuesday criticized the Michigan Department of Education for not publishing A-to-F grades for public schools as required under a new state law, saying a six- to seven-month delay is unacceptable. The law that was enacted last December gave the agency a...

Brown University looks to enroll more veterans

Nov. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has announced plans to double the number of veterans it enrolls by changing admissions policies, increasing financial support and bolstering recruitment. The Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island announced in a press release on Veterans Day that...

Study set on how ending history test to change school grades

Nov. 7, 2019 6:52 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Board of Education voted Thursday for more study on how scrapping a required U.S. history test would affect school ratings. The board directed an internal task force to study whether it's possible to stop the test without changing scores used to assign A to F grades to...

New policy requires fewer tests for some Georgia students

Nov. 7, 2019 5:07 PM EST

Georgia students taking certain advanced classes in high school will take fewer state tests under a new state policy. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to stop requiring students who take certain Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses to take state end-of-course exams in the same...

Voucher group sues over test score release in Wisconsin

Nov. 6, 2019 5:57 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin education officials illegally withheld voucher students' test scores for a day and intentionally skewed them to make it appear the students performed poorly, a voucher group and a conservative law firm allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. School Choice Wisconsin and the...

Louisiana editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 3:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Nov. 5. The Houma Courier on a decline in ACT scores: A decline in local students' scores on a major college-readiness test is hard to diagnose but distressing nonetheless. If there is any good news, it's that the decline in Terrebonne and Lafourche students'...