August 5, 2015
Vol. 34, Issue 37
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A handful of chief state school officers are bringing their years of experience and policy perspective to the superintendency of local school districts.
National and local online outlets are offering a wealth of specialized content on K-12 topics, some striving for journalistic objectivity, others pushing an unvarnished point of view.
Instead of heading to the beach, some counselors and youth groups are working hard to ensure that students who planned to go to college actually make it there.
Lopsided votes in the U.S. Senate and House obscure stark differences in their bills to overhaul the outdated Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The number of states still officially part of the common-core testing consortium is half of what it once was, and that poses challenges, especially when it comes to costs.
News in Brief
- Mississippi Not Obligated to Fully Fund Schools
- Schools May See Decline in Unaccompanied Minors
- Obama Seeks to Provide Poor Families With Internet
- College Board Revises AP U.S. History Framework
- Suit Filed to Force Use Of Test Scores in Reviews
- Court Upholds Linking Test Scores to Evaluations
- North Carolina Vouchers Ruled Constitutional
- Florida to Reward Teachers for High SAT, ACT Scores
News in Brief
James Ryan, the district’s chief for STEM learning, discusses San Francisco’s new initiative to teach computer science in every grade.
With a new school year approaching, districts around the country are issuing urgent pleas for teachers to come work for them.
It's not just about career fairs anymore; educators are increasingly looking to provide middle school students with deeper, ongoing exposure to potential careers.
East Side Community High School is among 48 New York schools where students complete projects to graduate—rather than take the state test.
McGraw-Hill Education recently sold off its longstanding businesses in summative and "shelf" testing, in a move that underscores growing demand for other forms of assessments.
Giving small networks of schools autonomy to try new approaches with technology requires a delicate balance of logistical freedom and district technical support.
Best of the Blogs
While many of the new online outlets reporting on education are bona fide news operations, others may be harder to pigeonhole.
The four-site news operation is among the next generation of outlets drilling deep into local education issues.
Even though Florida got unprecedented federal flexibility when it comes to English-learners and accountability, a handful of other states have yet to see their requests approved.
In November, the U.S. Department of Education will release a mapping tool that provides a first-time look at school attendance boundaries for most public schools in the country.
On the Republican side, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wis. Gov. Scott Walker announce bids; former Va. Sen. Jim Webb is running for the Democratic nomination.
PAGE 22 - Commentary
Lumping together data on the diverse population of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders obscures many students' struggles, writes Peter T. Keo.
PAGE 23 - Commentary
School choice offers educators opportunities to innovate and lead in the classroom and beyond, argues former teachers' union president Doug Tuthill.
- What Can You Measure in Five Minutes? Ask the Students
- NCLB Should Include the Needs of Those on the Autism Spectrum
- More Books, Better Libraries Can Fight 'Summer Loss'
- Mind the Gap: Deploy Teacher Talent to High-Need Schools
- Comparison of Teacher Education To Medical Training Isn't New
- Students Learn Best In an Engaged Classroom
PAGE 28 - Commentary
Philosopher John Locke's advice on schooling remains relevant for educators even after three centuries, writes researcher Peter Gibbon.
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