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Angel Gonzalez

The Go-On Rate Debate: A Culture Of Low Expectations

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This post first appeared on Idaho Education News | By Angel Gonzales I am going to offer up what may be an unpopular opinion, Idaho’s 60 percent go-on rate goal is low, really low. I think about the goals that I would set for my children. I don’t want to see 40 percent of my children be unprepared for attaining…

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A Need To Listen To Hispanic Families About Their Education Options

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This Post First Appeared In Idaho State Journal | By Terry Ryan and Angel Gonzalez Hispanic students are among Idaho’s fastest growing demographic groups, making up 17.7 percent of enrolled public K-12 students today. Even more, the number of children in this demographic is projected to grow another 11.7 percent by 2019. Hispanic students also fare worse on Idaho’s state achievement tests than students…

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Idaho’s Hispanic Parents Speak Out – Event Info

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Bluum, in partnership with Idaho Leadership Institute and Idaho Commission On Hispanic Affairs, hosted a series of focus groups to better understand how Hispanic families in Idaho get information about schools, who they trust for information and how they make learning and school choices for their children.

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Making Sure Investments In New Schools Serve Students That Need It Most

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Ask anyone who lives in Boise and they’ll either proudly or wearily tell you that the region is growing. This is true for the area’s schools as well—in just 15 years the number of school-aged Idahoans in Boise and the surrounding region has grown by 39 percent. During this growth, Boise has also experienced demographic changes as lower-income and minority families move to the region.

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Treasure Valley School Expansion Must Be Smart, Targeted

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The Treasure Valley is one of the country’s fastest-growing regions. Those of us who live here see evidence of this in new construction, traffic jams and long lines at our favorite grocery stores and coffee shops.

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In Education Poverty Does Not Need To Be Destiny

Caldwell District’s Investment In Migrant Families

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It’s early Saturday morning. I’m sitting next to a friend of mine who invited me to volunteer at a leadership conference organized by the Caldwell School District’s Migrant Education Program. It is definitely a family affair, preschool-aged children fidget in between classroom tables and teens sit next to adults as they wait for day’s agenda.

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Principal Data May Highlight Gender Inequity in Idaho

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Earlier this month, our team wrote a piece to celebrate International Women’s Day and acknowledge the women who work in Idaho’s education system. We thanked the many women who champion innovative ideas in education and celebrated women principals leading some of the best schools in the state.

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Education in Idaho Knows Strong Women; May We Raise More of Them

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By Angel Gonzalez March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a date that we far too often overlook in the United States.  This holiday celebrates the contributions to the social good made by women, and our society’s continuous struggle to achieve gender equality. As an organization who writes about education in Idaho, we want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the women who…

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Defining Quality Deserves More Thought Than A Graduation Rate

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Idaho’s State Board of Education President Don Soltman shared some data on graduation rates that triggered angst among educators and policy leaders. Recent figures from the 2013-14 school year showed Idaho ranked 41st in the nation with a graduation rate of just 77.3 percent. Stoltman presented this information along with especially troubling details that virtual charter schools and alternative schools graduated a drastically lower percentage, 20 percent and 36 percent respectively.

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What is MESH and What Might it Mean for School Accountability?

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In my life before Idaho I helped to lead an evaluation of a school-based youth program in Chicago that focused on some of that city’s most at-risk students. The program’s counselors taught a curriculum that focused on teaching values and skills that would help students stay out of trouble and excel in school. The evaluation team found that the program worked—students in it were less likely to be involved in criminal activity and did much better in school.

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