November 16, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 12
Education Photo Gallery: Data Sharing Drives College Prep
At Woodford High School in Versailles, Ky., educators are using P-20 data to inform decisions about making students college-ready.
November 17, 2011
Teachers and residents in the Racine, Wis., area hold an informational picket in front of the school system’s central offices in February to express disapproval over Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to curb collective bargaining for most public employees.
Teachers and residents in the Racine, Wis., area hold an informational picket in front of the school system’s central offices in February to express disapproval over Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to curb collective bargaining for most public employees.
Scott Anderson/Journal Times/AP-File
School & District Management States Urged to Promote Union-District Cooperation
Many believe state school chiefs, governors, and lawmakers should play a bigger role in bringing unions and districts together.
Sean Cavanagh, November 15, 2011
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Memphis kindergarten teacher Margaret Box works with children in her class. A veteran of 36 years in the district, Ms. Box says she was at first skeptical that teachers and district officials could work together in building a teacher-evaluation system, but she has since come to believe in the work.
Memphis kindergarten teacher Margaret Box works with children in her class. A veteran of 36 years in the district, Ms. Box says she was at first skeptical that teachers and district officials could work together in building a teacher-evaluation system, but she has since come to believe in the work.
Josh Anderson for Education Week
Teaching Profession Memphis Collaboration Is Poised to Bear Fruit
When Tennessee lawmakers set their sights on teachers' unions, Memphis teachers opted to "be at the table" rather than "on the menu."
Christina A. Samuels, November 15, 2011
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Teaching Profession 'Value-Added' Formulas Strain Collaboration
The growing practice of incorporating student test scores into teacher evaluations can make or break budding union-district partnerships.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 15, 2011
14 min read
From left, New Haven schools Superintendent Reggie Mayo, Mayor John DeStefano Jr., and New Haven Federation of Teachers President David Cicarella stand inside City Hall. Working together, they have been able to make changes to the Connecticut school district that are expected to improve student achievement and teacher performance.
From left, New Haven schools Superintendent Reggie Mayo, Mayor John DeStefano Jr., and New Haven Federation of Teachers President David Cicarella stand inside City Hall. Working together, they have been able to make changes to the Connecticut school district that are expected to improve student achievement and teacher performance.
Christopher Capozziello for Education Week
School & District Management New Attitudes Shaping Labor-District Relations
Collective bargaining is being used as a vehicle to drive both teacher and student learning.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 15, 2011
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Lloyd Walzer, left the president of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association, and Lucia Mar schools Superintendent Jim Hogeboom stand outside Oceano Elementary School. The pair are working together to implement a comprehensive teacher-support program in the district
Lloyd Walzer, left the president of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association, and Lucia Mar schools Superintendent Jim Hogeboom stand outside Oceano Elementary School. The pair are working together to implement a comprehensive teacher-support program in the district
Daryl Peveto/Luceo for Education Week
Professional Development Union-District Collaboration a Never-Ending Process
New challenges continue to confront district and union leaders as they push forward with their pact to bolster the teaching corps.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 15, 2011
9 min read
Heather Losurdo offers a concession speech after losing to Democrat Kevin Hill in the Wake County school board District 3 runoff election on Nov. 8 in Raleigh, N.C. Democrats will now hold a 5-4 majority on the board.
Heather Losurdo offers a concession speech after losing to Democrat Kevin Hill in the Wake County school board District 3 runoff election on Nov. 8 in Raleigh, N.C. Democrats will now hold a 5-4 majority on the board.
Travis Long//The News & Observer/AP
School & District Management School Boards Turn Over in N.C., Minn. Elections
While school board races tend to be sleepy affairs, a handful of elections around the country drew high voter turnout and—in some cases—plenty of campaign cash.
Christina A. Samuels, November 15, 2011
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Fourth grade teacher Melissa Rhone leads students in a grammar lesson. She calls the new teacher-evaluation system being used in the New Haven, Conn., schools a "reality check."
Fourth grade teacher Melissa Rhone leads students in a grammar lesson. She calls the new teacher-evaluation system being used in the New Haven, Conn., schools a "reality check."
Christopher Capozziello for Education Week
Teaching Profession Contract Yields New Teacher-Evaluation System
At the core of the partnership between the district and teachers in New Haven, Conn., are strategies to support teachers and their advancement.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 15, 2011
12 min read
Education Letter to the Editor SES Aims to Help Pupils, Not Turn Around Schools
To the Editor:
Regarding Steven Ross’ post about supplemental education services, or SES, in the Sputnik blog (“Supplemental Educational Services: Noble Ideas + Unreasonable Expectations = Disappointing Results,” edweek.org, Oct. 19, 2011): While Mr. Ross is a talented researcher, he should stick to analyzing data, not policy.
November 15, 2011
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Education Links in Education Week: November 16, 2011
November 15, 2011
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Federal NAEP Test-Taking Pool Grows More Inclusive
States are excluding fewer ELLs and special education students from NAEP tests—but they still fall short of federal targets
Lesli A. Maxwell & Nirvi Shah, November 15, 2011
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Teaching Profession Commentary A Steppingstone to Better Teacher Evaluation
Houston's interim staff-review process has put an immediate focus on effective teaching, Terry Grier writes.
Terry Grier, November 15, 2011
5 min read
Equity & Diversity New Census Measure Shifts the Face of Poverty
A new supplemental poverty measure finds fewer children, more senior citizens, qualify as poor.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 15, 2011
6 min read
Education Funding Grantees Picked in Second Round of 'i3' Contest
The Education Department has selected 23 finalists in line for a slice of $150 million in federal i3-contest innovation dollars, but each must secure a private match to receive the award.
November 15, 2011
6 min read
Declan Mitchell contemplates his answers to a history test. The Woodford High School junior took advantage of the school's open-door AP-class policy, a shift designed to move students' coursework to a higher level. Kentucky is seeing dramatic benefits of sharing data to get students college-ready.
Declan Mitchell contemplates his answers to a history test. The Woodford High School junior took advantage of the school's open-door AP-class policy, a shift designed to move students' coursework to a higher level. Kentucky is seeing dramatic benefits of sharing data to get students college-ready.
Pat McDonogh for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Data Driving College Preparation
At the forefront of collecting and sharing student data, Kentucky has seen big improvements in college-going and remediation rates.
Caralee J. Adams, November 15, 2011
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Aspiring teacher Xochitl Lopez, 28, leads a 3rd grade class at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz. All Arizona State University undergraduate education majors must undergo a year of student-teaching and demonstrate that they’ve acquired the knowledge and skills to become an effective teacher before they can graduate.
Aspiring teacher Xochitl Lopez, 28, leads a 3rd grade class at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz. All Arizona State University undergraduate education majors must undergo a year of student-teaching and demonstrate that they’ve acquired the knowledge and skills to become an effective teacher before they can graduate.
Laura Segall for Education Week
Teacher Preparation Nation's Biggest Teacher-Prep School Revamps Training
Arizona State requires yearlong student-teaching for all undergraduate education majors, who must prove mastery of teaching skills.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 15, 2011
11 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup School Finance
A study finds that states over time have shifted to devoting more resources to help specific populations.
Sean Cavanagh, November 15, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Study: School Soda Bans Don't Cut Consumption
Students in schools that limited sales of sugary beverages consumed just as many of the drinks as students in schools without restrictions.
The Associated Press, November 15, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Early Graduation
A growing number of states are offering financial rewards for students to graduate early from high school.
Caralee J. Adams, November 15, 2011
1 min read
Federal Questions Arise Over Grants for ELL Tests
The Education Department grant went to just one consortia, bypassing a bid from a California-led group of states.
Lesli A. Maxwell, November 15, 2011
4 min read
Families & the Community Report Roundup Parent Triggers
The controversial "parent trigger" reform has yet to be implemented successfully in any California school, according to a new analysis from the Heartland Institute.
Lesli A. Maxwell, November 15, 2011
1 min read
Special Education Report Roundup Gifted Education
A new report suggests ways states and districts can better serve gifted students even without spending additional money.
Nirvi Shah, November 15, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Rural Students
A new survey sheds some light on how rural children fare compared with children in other areas.
Diette Courrégé Casey, November 15, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Business in Education
A report from the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, suggests that corporate partnerships and sponsorships in schools can cause educational harm.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, November 15, 2011
1 min read
School Choice & Charters News in Brief Public Charter Enrollment Up in District of Columbia
New data from education officials in the District of Columbia show enrollment at public schools is up, with charter schools driving the increase.
The Associated Press, November 15, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Ed. Dept. to Investigate Penn State Allegations
The U.S. Department of Education notified Pennsylvania State University that they would investigate whether the university broke federal law in failing to report allegations of sex abuse by an assistant football coach.
Michele McNeil, November 15, 2011
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Professional Development News in Brief Ky. to Model Staff Development for Common-Core Standards
Kentucky has been chosen as a demonstration site for a new, statewide professional-development model reflecting the common standards that all but four states have adopted.
Catherine Gewertz, November 15, 2011
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