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U.S. Achievement Stalls as Other Nations Make Gains
A fresh round of global test data shows students in more countries outperform U.S. 15-year-olds in math, reading, and science compared with 2009 results. Read more.
(Education Week)
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Benchmarks: Keep pace with the Common Core
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Group's Model Bill Tackles Privacy of Student Data
A bill being promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, suggests data privacy will likely be a hot-button issue in statehouses around the country in 2014. Read more.
(Education Week)
Community Groups to Senators: Move Forward on ESEA Reauthorization
The groups, 47 in all, sent a letter to Senate leaders asking them to get moving already on Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization. Read more.
(Politics K-12)

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The Press Dropped the Ball on the Common Core
"Introduced in 2010 and adopted by 40-plus states with little notice by the end of 2011, the Common Core has since rocketed into the popular imagination," writes Rick Hess. Read more.
(Rick Hess Straight Up)
Smarter Balanced Remains Best Common-Core Testing Option, Michigan Dept. Says
Compared to other tests from groups including ACT and Amplify, the study said Smarter Balanced assessments remained the best choice for Michigan. Read more.
(State EdWatch)
Washington, New York Set Passing Bars on New Teacher Test
(Teacher Beat)
Oklahoma Ed. Department Defends Integrity of A-F School Accountability in New Study
(State EdWatch)
Supreme Court Declines to Enter Internet Sales-Tax Battle
(The School Law Blog)
Teacher: Outdated Classroom Designs Hinder Learning
(Teaching Now)
Start of Deer Season Shuts Down Some Missouri Schools
(Rural Education)
The Importance of Listening to Non-Verbal Messages
(The Art of Coaching Teachers)
Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing It Right
(Education Futures)
Assessment vs. Accountability
(Leadership 360)
Thermostat Leaders
(Public Engagement & Ed Reform)
Psychologists Prove That Video Games Are Good for You
(EdTech Researcher)
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2. Hurdles in Pairing General, Special Education Teachers
3. Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach
4. Is Advanced Placement's Value in the Class or the Test? (Inside School Research Blog)
5. ESEA Reauthorization Efforts Running Up Against Senate Calendar (Politics K-12 Blog)

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