September 10, 2014
Vol. 34, Issue 03
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This is the academic year when nearly every state must give assessments aligned to their "college- and career-ready" standards. But there are questions about how well those tests will measure mastery of the standards.
Researchers say many principals are not tapping into the data generated by new teacher-evaluation systems around the country.
States and districts are integrating student-wellness data into the school-level reports they share with the public.
After a harsh internal critique of the program, the Los Angeles school system's effort to provide all its students with digital computing devices is again in flux.
Researchers are scaling up an effort to teach young urban children to embrace their own dialect—and to know when and how to switch to standard English.
News in Brief
- California Poised to Repeal Limits on Bilingual Ed.
- Lawmakers in Calif. Pass Online Student-Data Law
- Assessment Group Shortens English/Language Arts Test
- Newtown Gets More Funds From Education Department
- Education Efficiency Found to Lag in United States
- Calif. Governor Appeals Teacher-Tenure Ruling
- Texas Finance System Ruled Unconstitutional—Again
- Louisiana High Court Hears New Orleans Teacher Case
- Kansas City District Makes Gains, Avoids Transfers
- Illinois to Pay for Expansion of Safe Passage in Chicago
News in Brief
Unions haven't made much headway organizing teachers in charter schools, but in California and some other states, they are gaining ground.
The Council of the Great City Schools has set out criteria to help educators bring common-core-aligned lessons and materials to English-learners.
In some states, new initiatives and graduate programs are providing needed training to expand college counseling in high schools.
Teach For All, a network in 34 countries, is focusing a new, two-year fellowship on students with what it terms "learning differences."
Best of the Blogs
A new communications organization headed by a former aide to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will seek to elevate the national conversation over education policy.
Stark policy differences over issues such as the common core and education funding add heat to a handful of competitive campaigns that could help decide which party controls the Senate.
Tensions continue to flare in the protracted legal battle over school funding in Washington, which has pitted the state's highest court against the legislature for more than two years.
Accusations of federal overreach fly as Oklahoma has its NCLB waiver renewal denied, while a lawsuit by Louisiana's governor says states were coerced into adopting the common core.
PAGE 22 - Commentary
Michael Brown's shooting by a police officer has added new concerns for students in the Missouri district where the teen finished high school, writes Normandy, Mo., teacher Inda Schaenen.
Education Week looks at the shooting of Michael Brown, a young black man, in Ferguson, Mo., by a white police officer and its implications for schools and students. (This collection of views is presented online via Storify.)
School demographics in the United States are changing rapidly, and classrooms need to reflect the shift, write Jacob Murray and Jackie Jenkins-Scott.
PAGE 32 - Commentary
Lessons from a famous experiment asking children to wait for a treat have been misconstrued, pushing schools to try to "fix" children rather than what and how they're taught, writes Alfie Kohn.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the HOPE Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Panasonic Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous funder. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.
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