April 3, 2013

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A coalition of organizations unveiled its plan to head off school violence through positive behavioral approaches and better training and support for students and staff.
New leaders are in place at five groups, and a sixth association is on the hunt, as some try to stay relevant in the policy debate.
The consortia devising new common assessments must navigate many obstacles in making the tests accessible to English-learners and students with disabilities.
In drafting test protocols, the consortia crafting common assessments are using research to sort through the wide variety of state-permitted accommodations for English-learners.
Each federally financed consortia is crafting common guidelines for accommodating students with disabilities.
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In many U.S. schools, students struggling the most in mathematics at the start of high school have the worst odds of getting a qualified teacher in the subject, new research finds.
Proposed legislation would lower the number of end-of-course exams as well as the number of core courses students must take.
A Virginia middle school is partnering with the University of Virginia to use 3-D printing technologies to teach science and engineering concepts.
Gov. Jan Brewer is backing an unusual effort to tie a relatively small portion of school funding to districts' performance on the state’s A-F grading system.
The Incubator School marks the latest effort in the Los Angeles Unified district to spark innovation through "pilot" schools.
Best of the Blogs
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor raises his profile on education, a move that may mean more attention from lawmakers who have been consumed with fiscal issues.
Policy Brief
The U.S. Department of Education is weighing details of an application by nine California districts for a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act.
States that run afoul of federal rules for special education funding will be punished, though not forever, under change to "maintenance of effort."
Concerns about the well-being of children of gay parents came up as the Supreme Court heard arguments on same-sex marriage.
The new science standards—if paired with finely tuned assessments—have the potential to generate great improvement, writes Arthur H. Camins.
Whether charter schools fairly serve children with special needs is a complicated question, write Robin Lake and Alex Medler.
Retired teacher Laurie Barnoski offers suggestions for how school administrators can support teachers at a time when the education landscape is changing.
Letters
Letters
If opponents to the education-testing movement want to be persuasive, they must offer a credible path forward, writes David Bernstein.
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