May 16, 2012

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 31
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8th Grade Scores Inch Upward on National Science Assessment
  • The National Assessment Governing Board released findings on earth, life, and physical sciences mastery on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
May 15, 2012
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
May 15, 2012
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School & District Management Report Roundup Evaluating Principals
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality has released a guide designed to help create meaningful principal evaluation systems.
Christina A. Samuels, May 15, 2012
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International Report Roundup English-Language Learners
Children with parents who speak little to no English reap important benefits by participating in one year of center-based care before starting kindergarten.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 15, 2012
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School & District Management Report Roundup Discipline Disparities
A report examining discipline practices in Colorado adds to a growing string of findings pointing to patterns of disparity in school discipline procedures.
Hannah Rose Sacks, May 15, 2012
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School & District Management Report Roundup Preschool
Prekindergarten participation in West Virginia has more than doubled since the state started a voluntary preschool program in 2002.
Diette Courrégé Casey, May 15, 2012
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International Report Roundup Immigrants
A new U.S. Census Bureau report notes that the population of foreign-born people living in the United States has reached an all-time high.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 15, 2012
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Special Education Report Roundup Disabilities
Unprecedentedly high numbers of American children are being identified with special medical and educational needs.
Nirvi Shah, May 15, 2012
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Panel Calls for Remaking Student-Aid Programs
States should rethink the way financial aid is given to college students so it is simpler to access and used more effectively, says a report.
Caralee J. Adams, May 15, 2012
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Teaching Profession Hawaii Keeps Race to Top Grant, 'High Risk' Status
Federal officials balk at pulling the $75 million award, but a deal on teacher evaluations remains elusive.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 15, 2012
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Author-illustrator Maurice Sendak spends a moment with one of the "Wild Things" he designed for the operatic adaptation of his book Where the Wild Things Are, in 1985 in St. Paul, Minn.
Author-illustrator Maurice Sendak spends a moment with one of the "Wild Things" he designed for the operatic adaptation of his book <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, in 1985 in St. Paul, Minn.
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Reading & Literacy Obituary Renowned Children's Author Sendak Dies
Maurice Sendak, the groundbreaking children's author and illustrator died May 8. He was 83.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 15, 2012
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Student Well-Being News in Brief Schools Called Key Tool in U.S. Obesity Fight
Schools should become a major focal point for preventing the spread of obesity in the United States, suggests a new report.
Bryan Toporek, May 15, 2012
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School & District Management News in Brief Catholic-School Heads Express Challenges
Many principals of Roman Catholic schools are struggling to keep up with the financial and administrative demands placed on them, according to a report.
Sean Cavanagh, May 15, 2012
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Fla. Overrides Districts on Charter Schools
The Florida board of education overruled local school boards and decided that five charter schools should be allowed to open.
McClatchy-Tribune, May 15, 2012
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Families & the Community News in Brief Tenn. Signs Off On Parent Report Card
The measure asks parents to grade themselves on report cards.
The Associated Press, May 15, 2012
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English-Language Learners News in Brief Puerto Rico Governor Proposes English Plan
Gov. Luis Fortuño hopes to make Puerto Rico a full-fledged bilingual society.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 15, 2012
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Student Well-Being News in Brief More Children in South Said Living in Poverty
A report from the Southern Regional Education Board shows an increase in the number of children living in poverty in the board's 16 member states.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 15, 2012
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Federal News in Brief Federal Officials Target E-rate Compliance
A compliance meeting for telecommunications companies was expected to include a discussion of E-Rate pricing rules.
Ian Quillen, May 15, 2012
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Federal News in Brief Connecticut Education Overhaul Is Approved
Connecticut legislators have approved major changes to the state's public education system.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 15, 2012
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Assessment 8th Grade Scores Inch Upward on National Science Assessment
Though most students improved and achievement gaps narrowed, fewer than a third of 8th graders reached proficiency in science last year on "the nation's report card."
Sarah D. Sparks, May 15, 2012
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Meeting District Needs Universities Generate Ideas, Support for K-12 Startup Companies
As technology brings venture capital and startup culture into K-12 education, ideas hatched in academia are making their way into the marketplace.
Jason Tomassini, May 15, 2012
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School & District Management Calif. K-12 Funding, Governance Still Troubled, Report Says
Five years after a blue-ribbon group urged major changes, fundamental problems remain, a follow-up report contends.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 15, 2012
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Federal Calif. Aims to Go Own Way in NCLB Waiver Bid
The state board approves a waiver request that departs from the Education Department’s model.
Alyson Klein, May 15, 2012
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Education Funding Latest Round of NCLB Waiver Bids Critiqued
The Education Department presses states seeking NCLB flexibility for more-ambitious goals in their applications.
Alyson Klein, May 15, 2012
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Hunter Howard studies a question on the board in Donna Young's 3rd grade class at Bridgeport Elementary School in Indianapolis. Federal funds for the enrichment program were cut last year.
Hunter Howard studies a question on the board in Donna Young's 3rd grade class at Bridgeport Elementary School in Indianapolis. Federal funds for the enrichment program were cut last year.
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Federal Gifted Programs Aim to Regain Budget Toehold
But efforts to restore federal funds for a long-running gifted education program lack Obama administration support.
May 15, 2012
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Student Well-Being Studies on Multitasking Highlight Value of Self-Control
Researchers say the ability to resist the temptation to multitask may be a bellwether of students' academic success.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 15, 2012
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A high school student heads to class at a school built inside the Northpark Mall in Joplin, Mo., where 11th and 12th graders have studied since last year's tornado devastated the city schools.
A high school student heads to class at a school built inside the Northpark Mall in Joplin, Mo., where 11th and 12th graders have studied since last year's tornado devastated the city schools.
Nicole Frugé/Education Week-File
College & Workforce Readiness Joplin Poised to Rebuild Tornado-Damaged Schools
A year after a tornado destroyed six of its schools, a Missouri district is building schools that match its new vision for education.
Christina A. Samuels, May 15, 2012
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Professional Development Letter to the Editor Successful Training Needs Buy-In From Teachers
To the Editor:
I agree with Tom Loveless ("Does the Common Core Matter?," April 18, 2012) that the Common Core State Standards will not matter for the reasons he cites, especially as I review my own 50-plus years of experience with educational change initiatives.
May 15, 2012
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Families & the Community Letter to the Editor Parental Involvement Is a Bonus, Not a Given
To the Editor:
Regarding the article "Parental Engagement Proves No Easy Goal" (April 4, 2012), I believe that if we are a profession, we must succeed with every child regardless of parental involvement.
May 15, 2012
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