School news bits
- Great joy [in all news outlets] at the news that Philadelphia students have had improving scores on standardized tests in each of the last four years.
The overall improved scores were largely attributed to the implementation of full-day kindergarten, a standardized curriculum, the expansion of early-childhood programs, and increases in the professional-development hours for teachers and in the length of time some students spend in math and language-arts classes. Still more progress to be made, but positive outlook.
- An African-themed charter elementary school in West Chester that found itself homeless at the last minute (see previous story here) has now found a home.