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Top Education Stories of 2016

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To provide a sense of what was high on our readers’ priority lists in 2016, the editors at Education Week compiled a list of our 10 most-viewed news articles and blog posts.

Trey Clayton, 19, sits on the porch of his home in Sarah, Miss. Clayton, a former student from Independence High School, suffered injuries he sustained from being paddled on March 10, 2011. He was called to the office for “mouthing off” to a teacher and a librarian and was disciplined with a paddle. The incident left Clayton - then in the eighth grade - with a broken jaw, a two-inch gash in his chin, and two missing teeth. "I was crying, all kind of stuff, because my mouth hurt. I was spitting teeth," Clayton said. "I do believe in discipline, but I believe there's certain things you can take to prevent stuff like that happening."
Trey Clayton, 19, sits on the porch of his home in Sarah, Miss. Clayton, a former student from Independence High School, suffered injuries he sustained from being paddled on March 10, 2011. He was called to the office for “mouthing off” to a teacher and a librarian and was disciplined with a paddle. The incident left Clayton - then in the eighth grade - with a broken jaw, a two-inch gash in his chin, and two missing teeth. "I was crying, all kind of stuff, because my mouth hurt. I was spitting teeth," Clayton said. "I do believe in discipline, but I believe there's certain things you can take to prevent stuff like that happening."
Yalonda M. James for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Miss. Man's Life Upended by 8th Grade Paddling
In 2011, given the choice between a paddling and a school suspension, Trey Clayton chose the physical punishment. He's sorry he did. (August 23, 2016) | Part of a Special Investigation: Corporal Punishment: A Persistent Practice
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2016
5 min read
Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., look at a PARCC practice test to give them some familiarity with the format before field-testing in 2014 of the computer-based assessments aligned with the common core.
Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., look at a PARCC practice test to give them some familiarity with the format before field-testing in 2014 of the computer-based assessments aligned with the common core.
Gretchen Ertl for Education Week-File
Assessment PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers acknowledged the discrepancies in scores between its paper and computer exams in response to questions from Education Week. (February 3, 2016 ) | Filed Under: Assessment and Testing, Technology
Benjamin Herold, February 3, 2016
11 min read
Federal Betsy DeVos: Five Things to Know About Trump's Pick for Education Secretary
DeVos, chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Education Department, has been a major national advocate of school choice, including tuition vouchers. (November 23, 2016) | From the Blog: Politics K-12
Andrew Ujifusa, November 23, 2016
2 min read
School Climate & Safety Nurturing Growth Mindsets: Six Tips From Carol Dweck
Encouraging students' growth mindset is about more than just praising raw effort, Stanford Professor Carol Dweck said at an Education Week event. Read some tips and watch her full remarks here. (March 14, 2016) | From the Blog: Rules for Engagement
Evie Blad, March 14, 2016
5 min read
Junior Michelle-Thuy Ngoc Duong poses for a photograph at Downtown College Prep Alum Rock in San Jose, Calif.
Junior Michelle-Thuy Ngoc Duong poses for a photograph at Downtown College Prep Alum Rock in San Jose, Calif.
James Tensuan for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Mispronouncing Students' Names: A Slight That Can Cut Deep
A national campaign aims to raise awareness in schools about the importance of pronouncing students' names correctly. (May 10, 2016) | Filed Under: Curriculum and Instruction, Research
Corey Mitchell, May 10, 2016
7 min read
President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally on Nov. 9 in New York.
President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally on Nov. 9 in New York.
John Locher/AP
Every Student Succeeds Act Donald Trump Elected 45th President of the U.S.
The Republican's campaign for the White House included strong support for school choice and sharp denunciations of current education policies, with scant details on what comes next. (November 9, 2016) | Filed Under: Federal Policy, Elections
Andrew Ujifusa, November 9, 2016
6 min read
Student Well-Being From Our Research Center 1 in 4 Teachers Miss 10 or More School Days, Analysis Finds
While teacher absenteeism rates vary widely from state to state, they aren't out of line with other professions, according to an Education Week analysis. (June 27, 2016) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession, Teacher Quality
Sarah D. Sparks, June 27, 2016
5 min read
Federal Trump Might Want to Scrap the Education Department; How Doable Is That?
With Donald Trump headed to the White House and the GOP controlling Congress, Republicans have their best chance yet to scrap—or seriously scale back—the Education Department. (November 9, 2016) | From the Blog: Politics K-12
Alyson Klein, November 9, 2016
4 min read
School Climate & Safety One Key to Reducing School Suspension: A Little Respect
A Stanford University study finds that a one-time intervention to help teachers and students empathize with one another halved the number of suspensions at five California middle schools, and helped build bonds between disengaged students and their schools. (July 13, 2016) | Filed Under: Research, Teaching Profession
Sarah D. Sparks, July 13, 2016
7 min read
Ke’mari Barnes, left, and Yesenia Gomez work together on puzzle cards during a pre-K class at the Dual Language Academy in Tulsa, Okla. Half of the school’s students are English-language learners and represent a major demographic shift in recent years in the school district.
Ke’mari Barnes, left, and Yesenia Gomez work together on puzzle cards during a pre-K class at the Dual Language Academy in Tulsa, Okla. Half of the school’s students are English-language learners and represent a major demographic shift in recent years in the school district.
Shane Bevel for Education Week
Federal Teaching English-Language Learners: What Does the Research Tell Us?
Questions around which instructional strategies work best for English-learners are far from settled, including how much a bilingual approach to teaching puts such students at an advantage. (May 11, 2016) | Filed Under: English-Language Learners
Sarah D. Sparks, May 11, 2016
10 min read