American School Board Journal

Electronic School: Full STEAM Ahead

Adding the arts to STEM helps students think creatively

Glenn Cook

It’s been a heady couple of years for The STEM Academy at Bartlett Middle School in Savannah, Georgia. In 2015, the academy became the first middle grades school to receive STEM-wide certification from the state. The following year, the program was named the top middle grades STEM school in the country by the Future of Education Technology Conference.

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Electronic School: Full STEAM Ahead
Glenn Cook
A freelance writer and photographer who lives in Northern Virginia. The former executive editor of ASBJ, he now is a contributing writer to the magazine.

Tom On Point: A Student’s Voice

Thomas J. Gentzel

I recently attended a celebration of public schools in Baltimore County, Maryland, one of the nation’s largest school systems. The program was filled with outstanding student performances and reports on the impressive progress this highly diverse district has been making in achieving academic gains for all students.

From the Editor: Testing stress

The other day I received an email from my son’s middle school. As spring testing approached, the email said, school officials were noticing signs of stress and test anxiety among the students. To help them deal with this stress, the school was offering to teach relaxation, stress reduction techniques, and mindfulness.

Technology Dreams Fulfilled

Critical Care

Tech Innovation Showcase companies deliver on ‘what ifs’

Ann Lee Flynn

The Future of Testing

Critical Care

The era of high-stakes testing is over, but what comes next?

Del Stover

Say what you will about No Child Left Behind (NCLB), this landmark legislation left its mark—although not always for the best. For all its good intentions, NCLB will be remembered for ushering in an unprecedented era of high-stakes testing—and for saddling public education with a federal mandate on school accountability that had all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

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The 2017 Magna Awards

RIP No Child Left Behind. The era of high-stakes testing ended with the passage of the Every Student Achieves Act (ESSA). In our cover story, “The Future of Testing,” Senior Editor Del Stover looks at what’s next in testing and assessment.

Three School Districts Earn Top Honors in 2017 Magna Awards

Alexandria, Va. (March 17, 2017) – Upper St. Clair School District, in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania; Piscataway Township Schools, in Piscataway, New Jersey; and Vancouver Public Schools, in Vancouver, Washington have been named the grand prize winners in the 23rd annual Magna Awards program.  

Sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ), the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities. The Magna Awards are supported by Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations.

“Creativity and innovation are needed to help students realize their full potential,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director and CEO. “The Magna Award-winning districts are prime examples of how public schools all over the country are working to give students a high-quality education and life.”

Database: Giving Parents What They Want

The idea of school choice appeals to parents, but the reality is something else

Patte Barth

School choice advocates got a big boost with the election of the new administration. President Trump had campaigned on a promise to invest $20 billion in private and public school choice. He followed up by naming Betsy DeVos, a leading voice in the nation’s school choice campaign, to lead the U.S. Department of Education.

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