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How Well Does Your School District Nurture Creativity?

Some states, including Massachusetts, seem to be taking this question seriously. Along with states including California and Oklahoma, Massachusetts has a commission in place to examine the potential for an index measuring the extent to which schools foster innovation and creativity.  The goal would be to move toward a more balanced curriculum through a system that would "rate every public school on teaching, encouraging, and fostering creativity in students" and be based "in part on the creative opportunities in each school."  According to Massachusetts commission member Jonathan Rappaport of Arts/Learning in Natick, "Our charge is to figure out what the index should be and how it would be implemented.  The effort, referred to as  the Creative Challenge Index, would exist to "measure inputs, to show what opportunities kids have in their school day," Rappaport said. Via www.edweek.org

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