May 22, 2013

Education Week, Vol. 32, Issue 32
Teaching Profession States Tighten Disclosure of Teacher Evaluations
Twenty-three states exempt individual teacher-evaluation ratings from disclosure under open-records laws.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 23, 2013
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Third graders Pauline Helger, left, and Hayley Morrow observe the underside of a crayfish in their classroom at Ranger Elementary School in Tiverton, R.I.
Third graders Pauline Helger, left, and Hayley Morrow observe the underside of a crayfish in their classroom at Ranger Elementary School in Tiverton, R.I.
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Teaching Teachers Gear Up for Science Standards
Even though only one state has adopted the standards, some teachers have already scrapped old lessons and instructional styles to embrace new ones.
May 22, 2013
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Standards Science Framework Seen as Valued Resource for Educators
The blueprint for the standards writers, the framework provides a reader-friendly accompaniment to the "technical document."
May 22, 2013
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Dowan McNair-Lee helps 8th grader Mikel Robinson with an English/language arts assignment at Stuart-Hobson Middle School. The District of Columbia has marshaled its resources to bring the common-core standards into classrooms.
Dowan McNair-Lee helps 8th grader Mikel Robinson with an English/language arts assignment at Stuart-Hobson Middle School. The District of Columbia has marshaled its resources to bring the common-core standards into classrooms.
Jared Soares for Education Week
Teaching D.C. Bets Big on Common Core
The District of Columbia has devoted many resources to the standards, resulting in hopes, frustrations, and the knowledge that changes are necessary.
Catherine Gewertz, May 21, 2013
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Mikel Robinson works on a packet in English class. He is one of millions of students nationwide trying to master new standards.
Mikel Robinson works on a packet in English class. He is one of millions of students nationwide trying to master new standards.
Jared Saores for Education Week
School & District Management Eighth Grader Looks Ahead to High School and Beyond
Mikel Robinson is among millions of students trying to meet the common standards.
Catherine Gewertz, May 21, 2013
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Brian Pick, chief of teaching and learning for District of Columbia Schools, visits a 2nd grade classroom at Neval Thomas Elementary School in Southeast Washington.
Brian Pick, chief of teaching and learning for District of Columbia Schools, visits a 2nd grade classroom at Neval Thomas Elementary School in Southeast Washington.
Jared Soares for Education Week
School & District Management Glimpses of Poverty Lead Administrator to Education
Now Brian Pick has the challenge of ensuring students, many of them disadvantaged, master the common core.
Catherine Gewertz, May 21, 2013
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Dowan McNair-Lee guides an English/language arts class. She's responsible for seeing that 128 8th graders meet the standards.
Dowan McNair-Lee guides an English/language arts class. She's responsible for seeing that 128 8th graders meet the standards.
Jared Soares for Education Week
Reading & Literacy Teacher Finds Salvation in the Classroom
When Dowan McNair-Lee took an education class at college, she knew that was where she belonged.
Catherine Gewertz, May 21, 2013
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College & Workforce Readiness Demographics and Performance: A D.C. School
The District of Columbia has taken on an aggressive K-12 implementation of the common standards, a particular challenge since its academic performance lags behind that of the United States as a whole.
May 21, 2013
Education The Learning Cycle
The District of Columbia envisions its academic year as a succession of "learning cycles" that blend teaching, coaching, and assessment.
May 21, 2013
Sheriff's deputy Chad Rogers, center, advances with fellow officers during a full-scale "active shooter" exercise this spring at Elmira High School in Elmira, Ore. An increasing number of states are enacting or considering laws to require schools to practice safety drills that involve multiple agencies and volunteer students and school staff.
Sheriff's deputy Chad Rogers, center, advances with fellow officers during a full-scale "active shooter" exercise this spring at Elmira High School in Elmira, Ore. An increasing number of states are enacting or considering laws to require schools to practice safety drills that involve multiple agencies and volunteer students and school staff.
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School Climate & Safety States Pressing Schools to Add 'Intruder' Drills
Proposed mandates for emergency-preparedness drills are gaining traction in many statehouses.
May 21, 2013
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Standards Commentary The Metric System and Common Core
The unsuccessful drive to teach the metric system in schools presents a cautionary tale about teacher buy-in for common-core advocates, writes Jeanne Zaino.
Jeanne Zaino, May 21, 2013
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May 21, 2013
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Assessment Letter to the Editor Technology Provides the Means For Rethinking Use of Testing
To the Editor:
The rifts described in the front-page article in the May 8 issue are obviously between adults and have little to do with children ("Rifts Deepen Over Direction of Education Policy in U.S.").
May 21, 2013
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Reading & Literacy Letter to the Editor 'Cold' Reading, Common Core Limit Students' Literacy Gains
To the Editor:
Where is the national conversation on what should be taught in the secondary English class and how? How was one person, David Coleman—known as the chief architect of the common-core standards—able to turn the entire school curriculum upside down, with nothing to support his bizarre ideas on doing "cold," i.e., noncontextual, readings of historical documents and reducing literary study to less than 50 percent of reading instructional time, all in the name of leveling the playing field?
May 21, 2013
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Education Funding Letter to the Editor Alternative-Pathways Story Omitted Career Academy Model
To the Editor:
The article "States Seek High School Pathways Weaving Academic, Career Options" (April 24, 2013) highlights several promising efforts to address the need for career pathways modeled on the European apprenticeship system. The article doesn't mention the career academy model, one particularly successful approach to preparing young people for a range of postsecondary and career opportunities tied to economic-development needs.
May 21, 2013
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Education Letter to the Editor Vendors' Quality is Crucial Factor in Discussion of Privatization
To the Editor:
Your recent Industry & Innovation Special Report (April 24, 2013) raised a critical issue about the privatization of public education.
May 21, 2013
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Equity & Diversity Letter to the Editor Dissenting Voices Shortchanged in New Orleans Article
To the Editor:
As featured subjects of the article "New Teachers Search for Place in New Orleans" (April 24, 2013), we would like to share our reactions to the story with Education Week readers.
May 21, 2013
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Assessment 'Sequester' Affects Social Studies NAEP
Fewer students will take NAEP civics, history, and geography tests because of across-the-board federal budget cuts.
Alyson Klein, May 21, 2013
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Federal Commentary How to Make School Funding Fair
Shifting to statewide school funding systems would address inequities in the way education is paid for, writes Cynthia G. Brown.
Cynthia G. Brown, May 21, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Commentary Creating Learning Spaces for a New Age of Discovery
School environments should fulfill a student's need to feel engaged intellectually and emotionally in the learning process, Jim Childress writes.
Jim Childress, May 21, 2013
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New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie
New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie
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States K-12 Impacts Likely in N.J., Va. Governor Races
Candidates sketch competing education policy visions in New Jersey and Virginia, the two states picking governors in 2013.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 21, 2013
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School & District Management Baton Rouge Struggles to Keep Control of Schools
Efforts to create a new school district and reshuffle students in East Baton Rouge Parish are causing a stir in Louisiana.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, May 21, 2013
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Early Childhood Study Backs Dual-Language Pre-Ks for ELLs
Preschool English-learners benefit from exposure to both English and their home language, say researchers.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 21, 2013
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Law & Courts News in Brief Chicago Union Suits Challenge Closures
Chicago's teachers' union last week filed a pair of civil rights lawsuits in federal court on behalf of parents to stop, or at least stall, the district's plans to shutter 53 elementary schools at the end of this school year.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 21, 2013
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Education Funding News in Brief Congress Weighs Hike in Student-Loan Rates
The Education and the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill last week that would change the financing of college loans.
Caralee J. Adams, May 21, 2013
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School & District Management News in Brief NAACP Challenges Law on Emergency Manager
A law that allows the state's governor to appoint emergency managers for cities and school systems in Michigan is being challenged by the Detroit branch of the NAACP.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, May 21, 2013
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Special Education News in Brief Special Ed. Office Aims to Revise Monitoring Focus
Student performance is the goal of a revised reporting system proposed by the federal office of special education programs.
Christina A. Samuels, May 21, 2013
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School & District Management Teenagers Are Wired for Peer Approval, Study Says
Researchers now have biological evidence that adolescents really do want to jump off a bridge if their friends are doing it.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 21, 2013
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School & District Management News in Brief Pa. Governor Nominates New Schools Chief
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, announced last week that he will nominate William Harner to replace state Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis, the Associated Press reports.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 21, 2013
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