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An Education Week review shows that access to teachers’ evaluation results is permissible under open-records laws in at least 18 states plus the District of Columbia, though they are often unclear as to specifics. And only Florida and Michigan have established policies requiring that parents be notified if their child’s teacher repeatedly performs poorly on his or her evaluations.
This color-coded map shows the status of efforts to link teacher evaluations to student performance, which might include student test scores or grades over time. All of the information comes from each state’s department of education, except for Wyoming and New Hampshire, where data was provided by the states’ teachers’ unions. Click any state to see its status.Color Code:Dark Blue = State links teacher evaluations to student performance or plans toLight Blue = State is considering such a link or is in the early planning stagesRed = State has decided against linking teacher evaluations to student performance
The Fordham Institute released grades on how states’ science education standards stack up. We know that students need to do better when it comes to STEM education. But when states are undermining science education, how can we even begin to improve?
What grade did your state get?
(via Greg Laden’s Blog)
From comments: There are, of course, two major factors ignored in a map like this. First, due to the general health status of citizens of that country, how often do they need to see a doctor. For example, Country “A” has a 500 to 1 ratio but it citizens only need a doctor on an average of once per year. Compare this to country “B” who has a ratio of 300 to 1 but its citizens require a doctor’s services, on average, 4 times per year. Who is better off? Second, do all citizens of a particular country have equal access to the available doctors. All that being said, the moral bankruptcy of “stealing” qualified doctors from developing countries, becomes even more obvious looking at this map.
Nationally, 1.6 million U.S. children lived in homeless shelters, motels, with relatives or other families or living on the street in 2010 — a 38 percent increase since 2007, according to the center.
More parents are opting out of school shots for their children. In eight states now, more than one in 20 public school kindergartners aren’t getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.
“People frame this as a personal, private matter. And it’s not,” Swain said. “When we have parents who take a personal convictions waiver (so their kids don’t have to get shots), it puts all these other kids who can’t be vaccinated at risk, too. That’s what makes me so angry and concerned.”
As Lee Fang reports in this week’s issue, under the banner of high-tech innovations and cost-cutting efficiency, privatization warriors have scored a number of significant victories in the past year, pushing over a dozen reforms through state legislatures. In the interactive map above, click on the highlighted states to see which bills reforming online coursework, charter schools and online schools made it into law in 2010 and 2011.
Derek Watkins created a visualization tracking the spatial distribution of U.S. postal offices from the 18th to the 20th century. Gathering data from the USPS Postmaster Finder, with lat/long coordinates extracted from the USGS Geographic Names Information System, the results were animated using Processing.
The growth of the continental United States.
Here is the world in 2050, as imagined by the U.S. Census Bureau: India will be the most populous nation, surpassing China sometime around 2025. The U.S. will remain exactly where it is now: in third place, with a population of 423 million (up from 308 million in 2010). And declining birth rates in two of the world’s most economically and politically influential countries, Japan and Russia, will cause them to fall from their current positions as the 9th and 10th most populous nations, respectively, to 16th and 17th.
Social networks in every country might live on the same Internet, but that doesn’t prevent differences in online customs and culture from developing along geographic borders.
Large swaths of the United States are showing decreasing or stagnating life expectancy. Ruh roh.
Click here for an interactive, county-by-county map of U.S. life expectancies.
United States of Science! Brilliant map of how each state shines in science, nature and public health, courtesy of the Mother Nature Network.