Dan Nerad, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District, discusses his new proposal to fix the achievement gap in the public school system. (Video by Alison Dirr)
Grading Teachers: Wisconsin adopts new testing, evaluation model
Wisconsin is trying out a new teacher evaluation system that some hope will eventually replace No Child Left Behind and incorporate peer reviews and other kinds of measures into the standard testing model.
One key to diverse student body at UW-Madison: Intervene in high school
Throughout the past 15 years, UW-Madison has implemented several recruitment programs targeted at racial and ethnic minority areas around both Wisconsin and the United States. It uses a partially race-based admissions policy in an attempt to break through the campus’ traditional mold and enhance its students’ learning experience.
Will UW-Madison in 2022 still be one of the best?
By many standards, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a national academic leader. It’s a national leader in research and has an overall graduation rate of 85 percent. It’s also a pretty fun place for college life. But will the university remain this way? Officials hope a master plan, renovations, and new foci on innovative curricula will be key to improvement as budgets get slashed.
Wisconsin leads in “special education” programs, research
Historically, Special Education classrooms are for students with different developmental disabilities with curriculums catered to individual needs. In this piece, Wisconsin officials and parents consider how the state has fared in its inclusion of children with special needs into the general-education classroom as part of a curricula strategy and what changes might make the situation ideal.