Go beyond the stereotypes in special education

Special education. The phrase, unfortunately, can conjure up lots of stereotypes. But the Center’s new report, “Special education: A better perspective,” offers a compelling look at who special education students are and what we can expect of them. Some highlights: The special education population has grown from 5 percent of the student population in 1976 to

Mixed results on our National Report Card

Yesterday the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics for 4th and 8th graders. The math assessment focused on measuring students’ grasp of mathematical concepts and their ability to apply those concepts to solve problems. Overall, there was little or no change

Giving up on play?

When my boys were school age, I along with a host of other parents collectively heaved our traditional September sigh, “Ah, the kids are back in school.” But as much as I reveled in that fact, I also mourned the loss of our laid-back summer freedom. With school came schedules, structure, and a loss of