June 12, 2013

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A veteran teacher uses the last weeks of the school year to bolster her students' literacy skills before spring tests.
Debate over the subject's relevancy brews in several states even as the Common Core State Standards for mathematics expect students to master that content.
A flurry of education groups are staking out positions on the role tests should play in evaluating teachers and labeling schools.
Amid a wave of school closings, Chicago is forging ahead with plans to groom a crop of high-performing principals.
A new proposal unveiled by the president includes an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program to ensure universal broadband access and updated technology in the nation's classrooms.
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Report Roundup
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A state-imposed teacher-evaluation system rolls out in three months, giving teachers and principals limited time to adapt.
As evidence on summer learning loss mounts, more districts are using that time to try out innovative educational strategies.
Parent-engagement efforts, part of many preschool programs, are intended to create a core of involved and assertive parents to advocate for their children and to partner with educators.
After three years, a $1.5 million investment, and a huge staffing shake-up, the long-troubled former Shawnee High School in Louisville, Ky., remains on tenuous ground.
New federal data points to declines in some forms of bullying behaviors in school—but not the overall rate.
Coursera, a Silicon Valley-based company, is joining with 10 universities and postsecondary systems to create new "massive open online courses."
The Old Dominion is the fourth state to create an entity to turn around its lowest-performing schools.
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Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are seen as a prod to professionalize the preschool field while providing information for parents on program quality.
With new proposals for reauthorizing the law's No Child Left Behind edition, Congress is split on the federal K-12 role and on teacher evaluations.
Policy Brief
The U. S. Department of Education quietly pauses expert-panel review of state assessment systems, a staple of federal oversight.
Michigan set to become second state to pause rollout of controversial standards.
Judgments of teacher-prep programs should be linked to student achievement, say Edward Crowe, Michael Allen, and Charles Coble of Teacher Preparation Analytics.
As a teacher-educator, Julie Gorlewski writes that she struggles with the same tensions that she faced in her K-12 classroom.
Educator Otis Kriegel writes that the absence of practical skill training in teacher-preparation programs creates real problems for new teachers.
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