December 14, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 14
Buder Elementary teachers Kristen Buss, left, and Tracy Weider, right, meet with Laura Scoggin at her St. Louis home to discuss son Carter's work.
Buder Elementary teachers Kristen Buss, left, and Tracy Weider, right, meet with Laura Scoggin at her St. Louis home to discuss son Carter's work.
Dilip Vishwanat
Families & the Community More Districts Sending Teachers Into Students' Homes
As they expand across the country, many new home-visit projects are tracking their impact on student behavior and academics.
Stephen Sawchuk, December 14, 2011
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Infrastructure Online Behavior Jeopardizing College Plans
The number of college-admissions officials using social-networking sites to learn more about applicants quadrupled over the past year.
Robin L. Flanigan, December 14, 2011
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Education Links in Education Week: December 14, 2011

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Evaluations Key to State Chances for NCLB Waiver and States Promise Higher Standards in Exchange for NCLB Leniency
December 14, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness States Promise Higher Standards for NCLB Leniency
Minnesota is the only applicant that did not adopt the common-core standards and is not taking part in designing common assessments.
Catherine Gewertz, December 14, 2011
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School & District Management Studies Explore How to Nurture Students' Creativity
Policymakers and educators are touting U.S. students' creativity as a world model, though researchers just now are trying to figure out how to foster that trait.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 14, 2011
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Accountability Merged NCATE Likely to Raise Teacher-Entry Bar
Tougher admissions criteria for teacher education programs are under consideration for the new teacher-accreditation body.
Stephen Sawchuk, December 14, 2011
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School & District Management Science 'Proficiency' Wide Ranging Across States
A new report finds that in many cases, what a state has deemed a proficient score is equivalent to below "basic" on the science NAEP.
Erik W. Robelen, December 14, 2011
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School & District Management Civil Rights Office Expands Its Reach Into Schools
The Education Department's office for civil rights is trying to make good on a pledge to aggressively combat discrimination, in all forms, in the nation's schools.
Lesli A. Maxwell, December 14, 2011
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Curriculum Commentary Where Are the Books?
Inner-city students are hurt by lack of access to books and other crucial learning materials, Jay Urwitz writes.
Jay Urwitz, December 13, 2011
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Curriculum Commentary Can Readers Really Stay Within the Standards Lines?
The new reading standards would impose limits that are too restrictive, Maja Wilson and Thomas Newkirk write.
Maja Wilson & Thomas Newkirk, December 13, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Youth Suicide
Nearly 40 percent of adolescents who attempt suicide first try it before high school.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 13, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Curriculum
Most teachers believe that in an era of high-stakes testing, other vital subjects are getting pushed out of the classroom.
December 13, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Exit Exams
While 31 states use or are planning to implement some form of high school exit exam, some states are also dropping the practice.
Sean Cavanagh, December 13, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Immigration Trends
A report reveals some shifts in patterns of immigration to the United States.
Lesli A. Maxwell, December 13, 2011
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Bullying Laws
Schools in 13 states can intervene when behavior off campus creates a hostile environment at school.
Nirvi Shah, December 13, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Middle-Class Students Seek and Get More Help
Middle-class children are more likely than their working-class peers to ask for help in the classroom.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, December 13, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief New Ala. Law Limits Gifts to Teachers
Alabama's new ethics law is putting an end to a student giving a gift to a teacher that's worth more than a few dollars.
The Associated Press, December 13, 2011
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Law & Courts News in Brief HIV-Positive Student Sues Over Rejection
A private Pennsylvania boarding school established by the founder of the Hershey chocolate company says it was trying to protect other students.
The Associated Press, December 13, 2011
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Pa. Cyber Charters Not Passing Test
Most cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania failed to make the grade on state standardized tests during the last school year.
McClatchy-Tribune, December 13, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief State P.E. Mandates Make a Difference
Schools are more likely to offer students 150 minutes of physical education per week if located in a state or district that mandates that level of P.E., according to Adolescent Medicine.
Bryan Toporek, December 13, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Tennessee Educators Dropping Union Ties
Hundreds of educators in Tennessee have dropped union memberships since state lawmakers stripped the organizations of collective bargaining rights earlier this year.
The Associated Press, December 13, 2011
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Markets News in Brief McGraw-Hill to Cut 550 Jobs in Ed. Unit
The publishing company McGraw-Hill Cos. says it will cut 550 jobs at its education arm and freeze all employees' pensions next year as part of a plan to split into two companies.
The Associated Press, December 13, 2011
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Education Funding News in Brief Detroit School District Reports Budget Surplus
After three years and two financial overseers, the Detroit school district achieved its first budget surplus in four years.
The Associated Press, December 13, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief Chicago Charters Get New State Scrutiny
If the past decade was defined by a remarkable expansion of charter schools in Chicago, the next 10 years might ultimately be about accountability.
McClatchy-Tribune, December 13, 2011
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Number of Students in Charters Rises
Enrollment in charter schools has soared to more than 2 million students, according to a national charter school group.
The Associated Press, December 13, 2011
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Teaching Profession News in Brief NEA Promises Initiatives to Raise Teacher Quality
The National Education Association has promised to begin several initiatives to upgrade the teaching profession that draw on recommendations from a commission it created last year.
Liana Loewus, December 13, 2011
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December 13, 2011
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School & District Management Iowa Governor Seeks to Raise Teachers' College Bar
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad wants a minimum 3.0 GPA for those seeking admission to teacher-education programs.
Sean Cavanagh, December 13, 2011
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International Letter to the Editor Commentary Gave False Picture of NAEP Proficiency
To the Editor:
In a recent Commentary ("NAEP's Odd Definition of Proficiency," Oct. 26, 2011), James Harvey makes inaccurate assertions about the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, achievement levels—specifically, that they are invalid and that the "proficient" level is set too high.
December 13, 2011
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