Published Online: December 29, 2014
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Top Education Stories of 2014: Education Week’s Most Viewed

To provide a sense of what was high on our readers' priority lists in 2014, the editors at Education Week compiled a list of our 10 most-viewed articles.

1. Google Under Fire for Data-Mining Student Email Messages

The company acknowledges scanning the emails of Apps for Education users and faces allegations in a federal lawsuit that it built "surreptitious user profiles" for advertising purposes. (March 13, 2014) | Filed Under: Technology, Data, Business and Industry

2. More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll

A new report from Gallup Education shows just how powerful schools and teachers can be in motivating students to take an active role in the classroom. (April 9, 2014) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession, Leadership and Management

3. Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, Book Says

A pair of researchers have published a controversial book reigniting the long-running debate over academic achievement in public vs. private schools. (May 14, 2014) | Filed Under: Vouchers, Assessment and Testing

4. Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests

More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics. (November 17, 2014) | Filed Under: Common Standards, Assessment and Testing, Achievement Gap

5. Common Core Redoes the Math

Schools and teachers face complex challenges and competing demands as they work toward implementing the new math standards. (November 12, 2014) | Filed Under: Common Standards, Federal Policy, Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics

6. Philadelphia Tragedy Highlights Role of School Nurses

The death of a student who got sick at a school with no full-time nurse on duty has renewed a nationwide debate over the need for school nurses—even amid budget cuts. (June 4, 2014) | Filed Under: Safety and Violence, Health, Budget and Finance

7. Resistance to the Common Core Mounts

Critics of the standards for English/language arts and mathematics span the political spectrum, from tea-party members to union leaders. (April 23, 2014) | Filed Under: Common Standards, Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment and Testing

8. Equity in Achievement, Funding Are Hurdles for States Amid Progress

Quality Counts 2014 rates states and the nation on key student-performance and finance indicators. (January 9, 2014) | Filed Under: Common Standards, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Budget and Finance, Accountability

9. National Landscape Fragments as States Plan Common-Core Testing

A 50-state survey by Education Week finds that the shared exams being developed by two assessment consortia are losing sway as more states pursue their own paths. (May 21, 2014) | Filed Under: Assessment and Testing

10. 'Platooning' on the Rise in Early Grades

The practice of assigning teachers to subject-specific classes, long a staple of middle and high schools, is gaining ground at the elementary level. (February 19, 2014) | Filed Under: Elementary Schools, Classroom Management, Early Childhood

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