June 12, 2013

Education Week, Vol. 32, Issue 35
School & District Management State District to Run Struggling Schools in Va.
The Old Dominion is the fourth state to create an entity to turn around its lowest-performing schools.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, June 11, 2013
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Bullying Seen Persisting, Despite Some Progress
New federal data points to declines in some forms of bullying behaviors in school—but not the overall rate.
June 11, 2013
4 min read
Education Funding Districts Turning Summer School Into Learning Labs
As evidence on summer learning loss mounts, more districts are using that time to try out innovative educational strategies.
Nora Fleming, June 11, 2013
7 min read
Education Correction Correction
In the Diplomas Count 2013 special report accompanying this edition of Education Week, the executive summary and an article about challenges faced by dropouts returning to school contain incorrect statistics. The share of students in San Bernardino, Calif., who dropped out between 2001 and 2006 and later attained a high school diploma was fewer than one in five.
June 11, 2013
1 min read
Education Obituary U.S. Senator Pushed for Sex Ed. and Higher Drinking Age
U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., who spearheaded federal legislation to raise the drinking age to 21 and pushed for comprehensive sex education in the nation's schools, died June 3 of complications from viral pneumonia. He was 89.
Nirvi Shah, June 11, 2013
1 min read
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States Seek Flexibility On Testing
  • Three groups have recently staked out positions regarding flexibility in accountability requirements. The Council of Chief State School Officers issued a May 28 statement asking to hold current requirements steady for the next two academic years. The National Association of Elementary School Principals asked for "adequate time" to implement Common Core State Standards. The Chiefs for Change, however, oppose a moratorium on accountability requirements.
June 11, 2013
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BRIC ARCHIVE
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Accountability Commentary Time for Progress in Teacher Prep
Judgments of teacher-prep programs should be linked to student achievement, say Edward Crowe, Michael Allen, and Charles Coble of Teacher Preparation Analytics.
Edward Crowe, Michael Allen & Charles Coble, June 11, 2013
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Teacher Preparation Commentary Teaching Toward Utopia
As a teacher-educator, Julie Gorlewski writes that she struggles with the same tensions that she faced in her K-12 classroom.
Julie Gorlewski, June 11, 2013
6 min read
Avance staff member Yesica Gonzalez, in white blouse, leads an exercise during a home visit with Rosa Martinez and her children, Lillian, 4 months, and Aaliyah, 2, in Del Rio, Texas.
Avance staff member Yesica Gonzalez, in white blouse, leads an exercise during a home visit with Rosa Martinez and her children, Lillian, 4 months, and Aaliyah, 2, in Del Rio, Texas.
Jennifer Whitney for Education Week
Early Childhood Preschools Aim to Better Equip Low-Income Parents
Parent-engagement efforts, part of many preschool programs, are intended to create a core of involved and assertive parents to advocate for their children and to partner with educators.
Christina A. Samuels, June 11, 2013
5 min read
Federal States Seek Flexibility During Common-Test Transition
A flurry of education groups are staking out positions on the role tests should play in evaluating teachers and labeling schools.
Michele McNeil & Catherine Gewertz, June 11, 2013
8 min read
Keith Look, the principal of the Academy @ Shawnee, slaps hands with a student at the end of the school day. Intensive efforts to turn around the Louisville, Ky., high school have not yet yielded the needed results.
Keith Look, the principal of the Academy @ Shawnee, slaps hands with a student at the end of the school day. Intensive efforts to turn around the Louisville, Ky., high school have not yet yielded the needed results.
Pat McDonogh for Education Week
Federal After Early Progress, Ky. School Struggles to Turn Around
After three years, a $1.5 million investment, and a huge staffing shake-up, the long-troubled former Shawnee High School in Louisville, Ky., remains on tenuous ground.
Alyson Klein, June 11, 2013
10 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Questions Arise About Need for Algebra 2 for All
Debate over the subject's relevancy brews in several states even as the Common Core State Standards for mathematics expect students to master that content.
June 11, 2013
10 min read
School & District Management Peer Review of State Assessments Put on Hold
The U. S. Department of Education quietly pauses expert-panel review of state assessment systems, a staple of federal oversight.
Michele McNeil, June 11, 2013
4 min read
Standards State Opposition Jeopardizes Common-Core Future
Michigan set to become second state to pause rollout of controversial standards.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 11, 2013
5 min read
Principal Shenethe Parks greets last-minute arrivals at Bret Harte Elementary School in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Ms. Parks is among 100 "rising" school leaders taking part in an ambitious initiative by the district to improve the quality of its principals.
Principal Shenethe Parks greets last-minute arrivals at Bret Harte Elementary School in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Ms. Parks is among 100 "rising" school leaders taking part in an ambitious initiative by the district to improve the quality of its principals.
John Zich for Education Week
School & District Management Chicago Upgrades Its Principal Pipeline
Amid a wave of school closings, Chicago is forging ahead with plans to groom a crop of high-performing principals.
Lesli A. Maxwell, June 11, 2013
8 min read
English/language arts teacher Dowan McNair-Lee fights fatigue as she grades papers in the evening at her home in southeast Washington.
English/language arts teacher Dowan McNair-Lee fights fatigue as she grades papers in the evening at her home in southeast Washington.
Jared Soares for Education Week
Standards Year-End Tests Bring Urgency to Common-Core Push
A veteran teacher uses the last weeks of the school year to bolster her students' literacy skills before spring tests.
Catherine Gewertz, June 11, 2013
15 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Report: For Many Students, 'College-Ready' Isn't Enough
Academic readiness is important, but a report from ACT Inc., suggests that it's not the sole factor at play in college success.
Caralee J. Adams, June 11, 2013
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Report Roundup Buying Technology
Districts and private-sector entrepreneurs are being encouraged to work more closely together to streamline and improve the process of choosing and buying educational technology, a new report finds.
Sean Cavanagh, June 11, 2013
1 min read
Teaching Profession Report Roundup Staffing Schools
New York City seems to be keeping teachers and school leaders around longer, despite declining teacher satisfaction nationwide, new data show.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, June 11, 2013
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Teacher Collaboration
Students whose teachers regularly collaborate and participate in professional communities show more growth in math achievement than those whose teachers are more isolated professionally, according to a study.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 11, 2013
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Achievement Gap
Only six of the 75 districts who qualify for the Broad Prize for Urban Education were found to increase African-American students' college readiness, a new analysis found.
Alyssa Morones, June 11, 2013
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Advanced Courses
Students of color and those from low-income families lag behind their peers in enrolling in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, according to a report from the Education Trust.
Caralee J. Adams, June 11, 2013
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Classroom Technology 'MOOC' Plan Could Address Dual-Enrollment
Coursera, a Silicon Valley-based company, is joining with 10 universities and postsecondary systems to create new "massive open online courses."
Michelle R. Davis, June 11, 2013
6 min read
Early Childhood States View Teacher Quality as Pre-K Rating Factor
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are seen as a prod to professionalize the preschool field while providing information for parents on program quality.
Julie Blair, June 11, 2013
7 min read
Law & Courts Mich. Loses Bid to Ban American Indian Mascot Imagery
The federal office for civil rights has rejected Michigan's push to ban the use of school mascots with American Indian imagery.
Bryan Toporek, June 11, 2013
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Court Rules District Not Liable in Student Bullying
A federal appeals court ruled that they could not hold a Pennsylvania district legally responsible for a bullying incident because of well-established precedents.
Mark Walsh, June 11, 2013
1 min read
Equity & Diversity News in Brief Judge Wants Closure in 1964 Race Case
A desegregation lawsuit involving the Richmond County, Ga., school system might soon be over, after nearly 49 years.
McClatchy-Tribune, June 11, 2013
1 min read
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June 11, 2013
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief W.Va. School Authority OKs Safety Measures
New schools built in West Virginia will be required to have shatter-proof glass and exterior door alarms.
The Associated Press, June 11, 2013
1 min read