November 16, 2018

Teachers go to great lengths to identify what percentage quizzes, homework, tests, extra credit, and class participation count towards the overall grade, but the seemingly objective way educators determine grades are often inaccurate, hide student achievement, and actually perpetuate achievement gaps. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: School Grading Practices Are Inaccurate and Inequitable to Black Children

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Grades determine so many decisions made about our children: whether they are promoted, qualify to play on the athletic field, graduate, receive scholarships, and get accepted to college. Unfortunately, in too many schools and classrooms, teachers often unwittingly assign grades in ways that are unfair and make success more difficult for black and other underserved children.” […]

Dr. Elizabeth Primas, the program coordinator for the NNPA’s ESSA Public Awareness Campaign, says that, every student should have highly-qualified teachers and a menu of extra-curricular activities to choose from.
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Do children all need to succeed the same way?

Unlike widgets, children will never fit perfectly into standardized molds. They learn to walk at different ages. They learn to talk at different ages. And each child has a different set of interests and learning style. Students’ ability to demonstrate mastery in one area over another has a lot to do with their previous knowledge and exposure to out-of-the-classroom experiences. […]

From left to right: Ajani Brooks, Zataya Rivenbark, Kayla Bennett, Quinara Lawson, Jamesia St. Louis, and Eldrina Jones (MJJIA)
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Marie Jenkins Jones Incentive Award Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Marking 26 years of scholarship support for high school students, the Marie Jenkins Jones Incentive Award (MJJIA) announces five award recipients for 2018. Receiving scholarships of $500 each are Kayla Bennett, Ajani Brooks, Quinara Lawson, Zataya Rivenbark and Jamesia St. Louis, all recent graduates of Baptist Hill Middle High School. […]

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Charleston Accelerated Academy Opens To Assist Students Through Non-traditional Approaches To High School Graduation

THE CHRONICLE — The much anticipated opening of Charleston Accelerated Academy became a reality September 4 as approximately 120 students embarked on a course toward a diploma and high school graduation. Charleston Accelerated Academy is a unique S.C. Public Charter School helping young adults overcome real-life challenges to earn their district or state-issued high school diploma. […]

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MTSU’s President McPhee Embraces New Academic Year

TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee kicked off the new academic year Thursday, Aug. 23, by applauding the university’s faculty and staff for continued progress in student retention and graduation while emphasizing the need to develop new strategies in an ever-evolving higher education landscape.
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