iOS app Android app

Sarah Garland

Entries by Sarah Garland

Instead Of Getting Ready For The Tech Revolution, Schools Are Scaling Back

(6) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 6:42 PM

The promise of digital education is still out of reach for most American students.

For schools that haven’t yet made technology an integral part of every student’s school day and every teacher’s lesson planning, the problem is often basic: Their Internet connection is too weak and their laptops...

Read Post

What Students Really Think About Technology In The Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 6:20 PM

The grownups who make and debate education policy disagree about a lot of things, but they often take it as a given that kids love technology. And tapping into that love of gadgetry and games is a way to make students “more engaged” in learning, or so many believe.


Read Post

Students Are Test-Driving New Common Core Exams. You Can Too

(15) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next year in states that have adopted the standards. The main reason for the trial run is to see if computer systems are ready to handle...

Read Post

Three Reasons Students Should Opt Out Of Standardized Tests -- And Three Reasons They Shouldn't

(18) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Now that spring is finally here, kids cooped up during this particularly brutal winter might be looking forward to enjoying some sunshine. Many will have to control the wiggles a little longer, though. It’s standardized testing season, which means silent hallways, desks arranged in rows, and for many kids, a...

Read Post

Why Is This Common Core Math Problem So Hard? Supporters Respond To Quiz That Went Viral

(278) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:11 AM

It may be the first time a math problem has gone viral on the Internet.

A frustrated father posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son’s math quiz on Facebook this week with a note to the teacher calling it ridiculous. Conservative pundits, including Glenn Beck, seized on...

Read Post

How Does Common Core Compare?

(18) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 6:36 PM

A major requirement for the Common Core State Standards was that they be internationally benchmarked. But there has been debate about how well the standards match those of countries like Singapore.

On the Common Core website, a section on myths about the standards says “international benchmarking played...

Read Post

Why The Common Core?

(13) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 6:11 PM

A decade ago, American education leaders received some alarming news: On a pair of international tests, U.S. students were far behind their peers in countries like Japan, Russia, Singapore and South Korea. While 44 percent of Singapore’s students scored “advanced” on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science...

Read Post

Teaching Meaning: The Struggle To Connect In Remote Alaskan Villages

(4) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 10:38 AM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report.

Wagner Iworrigan, a 17-year-old high school senior on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska, knows a lot about biology, meteorology and math. He’s an expert at telling whether a walrus is too sick to eat, if the weather is...

Read Post

Local School Districts Are New Target Of Education Reformers

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:37 PM

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The large amounts of outside money flowing into the Los Angeles Unified school board election represent a new front in the reform battles that have shaken up education...

Read Post

Hurricane Sandy-Stricken Liberation Diploma Plus Alternative School In New York Gets A Happy Ending

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 1:48 PM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.

It was chaotic and cold at many schools in the region hit hard by Superstorm Sandy as classes resumed for many on Monday, while thousands stayed home from schools that were too damaged to reopen. But...

Read Post

Tiferes Bnos, Poor Jewish School In New York, Keeps Performing Through Constant Teacher Training

(39) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 11:40 AM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report and WNYC's SchoolBook.

Tiferes Bnos is an all-girls school located on the first floor of an apartment building near the border of the Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn. It would be unsurprising if the school...

Read Post

Online Standardized Tests Are New, But Are They Revolutionary?

(11) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 10:49 AM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.

New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning? The designers of the new tests, which a majority of...

Read Post

Education Nation: Finding Classroom Success In Bilingual Mix Of Spanish, English

(239) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 10:51 AM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report.

Ernest R. Geddes Elementary School in Baldwin Park, Calif., is a noisy place.

Students in older grades spend large amounts of class time talking and arguing with one another in small groups. One third-grade teacher, Pamela Ochoa, encourages...

Read Post

Math Education In America: Should We Get Rid Of Algebra?

(311) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 9:41 AM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.

Is math holding the United States back?

Last week, a community-college student from Harlem, speaking at a meeting of educators and community activists, told a harrowing story about his battle to get a degree. Raised by...

Read Post

Repeating Grades: More States Requiring Students To Be Held Back, Is It The Right Thing To Do?

(82) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 12:26 PM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.

Thousands of third-graders may have a sense of déjà vu on the first day of school this year: The number of states that require third-graders to be held back if they can’t read increased to

Read Post

No Child Left Behind: Some States Resisting Obama Administration Ed-Reform Requirements

(25) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 10:17 AM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.

This week the Obama administration announced it had released a total of 33 states from some No Child Left Behind requirements with the approval of Nevada's application for a waiver from the law. "While well intentioned,...

Read Post

Mixed Neighborhoods Could Save America's Schools

(126) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 9:47 AM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report.

During the half century that Theresa Cartwright has lived in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta, she has twice seen the area's schools undergo a complete transformation. In the 1960s, black families like her own moved to the...

Read Post

Online Testing For Students Holds Promise, Perils

(11) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 2:15 PM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report.

TOWNSEND, Del. -- On a recent afternoon at Townsend Elementary School here, a little boy squinted at a computer screen and gripped his mouse. He was stuck. Half of the screen contained an article about rainforests. The other...

Read Post

Online Exams Rising In Prominence, Yielding More Student Time Spent Testing

(14) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 1:48 PM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report.

In the Appoquinimink school district in central Delaware, students now take three, and sometimes four, versions of the state math and reading tests online each year. In the near future, this may become the norm in schools across...

Read Post

What Can We Learn From School Integration's Successes and Failures?

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 2:08 PM

In a New York Times editorial over the weekend, University of California, Berkeley professor David Kirp asks why we've turned away from school integration, an education reform that has quite extensive evidence showing it worked:

Economists' studies consistently conclude that African-American students who attended integrated schools fared better...
Read Post