September 11, 2013

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 03
Paul Bridges (right), a "Safe Passage" worker, looks over a stretch of Pulaski Road on Chicago's West Side as two students head home on Monday.
Paul Bridges (right), a "Safe Passage" worker, looks over a stretch of Pulaski Road on Chicago's West Side as two students head home on Monday.
Philip Scott Andrews for Education Week
School & District Management Budget, Security Concerns as Chicago Schools Open
The financially strapped Chicago district opened the new school year with fewer schools and a diminished staff, but with a massive security presence.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, September 10, 2013
6 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup School Disaster Plans Lacking
More than half of states do not have adequate plans in place to deal with disasters in both K-12 schools and child-care facilities, concludes a report by the Washington-based advocacy group Save the Children.
Alyssa Morones, September 10, 2013
1 min read
Accountability Teacher-Prep Accreditor Adopts Outcomes Standards
To win approval from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, programs must show that candidates and districts are satisfied with preparation quality and that graduates boost student achievement.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 10, 2013
3 min read
Assessment Cheating Prompts New Watchdog Unit
A new investigative unit is being set up by the Texas Education Agency in the wake of an audit citing flaws in how the agency monitors more than 1,000 school districts.
The Associated Press, September 10, 2013
1 min read
Early Childhood Child-Care Rating Systems Earn Few Stars in Study
Researchers find that the systems used in many states to gauge the quality of child-care programs have only a tenuous connection to children's learning outcomes.
Christina A. Samuels, September 10, 2013
4 min read
School & District Management Va. Battle Brews Over Law Authorizing State-Run District
Local school boards in Virginia gear up for a legal fight against a new law creating a state-run K-12 district for low-performing schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 10, 2013
6 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
September 10, 2013
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Education Funding Ed. Dept. Offers Leeway on Clock-Related Red Tape
State education agencies are taking advantage of a new record-keeping option intended to simplify the tracking of the "time and effort" put in by workers who work on multiple grants.
Charles Edwards, September 10, 2013
5 min read
Education Funding Time-Tracking Proposal for Grantees Draws Pushback
Federal inspectors general warn they would be undermined by changes now in the works from the Office of Management and Budget on how grantees' track their employees' labor.
Charles Edwards, September 10, 2013
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup After School
Students whose peers in afterschool programs would intervene when students misbehaved were less likely to misbehave themselves, according to new research from Pennsylvania State University published in the American Journal of Community Psychology.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, September 10, 2013
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College Enrollment
Nearly a half-million fewer students enrolled in college in 2012 than 2011, driven largely by fewer adult learners, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 10, 2013
1 min read
Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teaching
Teaching educators mindfulness may help them cope with classroom-related stress, finds a study in the August Journal of Educational Psychology.
Alyssa Morones, September 10, 2013
1 min read
Education News in Brief Transitions
Walt MacDonald will take over as the president and CEO of the Educational Testing Service on Jan. 1. He is currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Princeton, N.J.-based nonprofit company. He will replace Kurt M. Landgraf, the president of the organization since 2000.
September 10, 2013
1 min read
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Teaching Commentary Brains and Schools: A Mismatch
To improve learning, educators should look to research on how the human brain processes information, Alden Blodget says.
Alden S. Blodget, September 10, 2013
6 min read
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Teaching Commentary Taking a Relationship-Centered Approach to Education
When schools employ a transdisciplinary model for teaching and learning, students thrive, Tyler S. Thigpen writes.
Tyler S. Thigpen, September 10, 2013
6 min read
States N.C. Program to Recognize Exemplary STEM Schools
The state aims to provide more clarity on what attributes such schools should possess, from an integrated curriculum for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, to partnerships with local industry.
Erik W. Robelen, September 10, 2013
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness 'Street School' Offers Life Lessons, Support for At-Risk Students
Through its partnership with the 42,000-student Tulsa school district, Street School has become a national model for helping at-risk youths.
Andrea Eger & Tulsa World, September 10, 2013
3 min read
Federal Letter to the Editor Math Standards Need Common-Sense Revisions
To the Editor:
There is an old saying, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot." This statement has powerful implications when it comes to teaching the Common Core State Standards in math.
September 10, 2013
1 min read
Assessment Letter to the Editor Test Emphasis Crowds Out Crucial Life-Skills Training
To the Editor:
High-stakes testing is causing unforgivable harm to young people. It's also doing harm to good teachers who are compassionate enough to teach students who enter the classroom with math, reading, and writing skills that are years below grade level. Test results are closing schools that have been a second home to their students.
September 10, 2013
1 min read
Accountability Virtual Educators Work to Protect Academic Integrity
Ensuring the authenticity of student work is an area of intense scrutiny for online course providers, which must determine if students are getting too much help from parents or others.
Katie Ash, September 10, 2013
7 min read
School & District Management Letter to the Editor Approach to Turnaround Earns Congratulations
To the Editor:
Marshall Tuck and Colleen Oliver's recent Commentary ("Turnarounds Require Work, Humility," Aug. 21, 2013) demonstrates an exemplary picture of the hard work needed to turn around high-need schools. The success of these endeavors is outstanding and requires tenacity, flexibility, and true grit. The lessons learned are also tremendously valuable and pertinent to all who do, or aspire to, engage in this work. The word "turnaround" could easily fall into a generic overused word basket such as concepts like "PLCs" (professional learning communities).
September 10, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management Letter to the Editor Philosophies of Funders Can Influence Research
To the Editor:
The letter from Jeanne Allen ("Center for Education Reform 'Skeptical' of Charter Study," Aug. 7, 2013) questioning the validity of many educational research studies reminded me of a conversation I had several years ago with the main researcher of a study out of one of our leading universities.
September 10, 2013
1 min read
Instead of calling on the first student to raise a hand, chemistry teacher Anthony McElligott waits for all his students to do so at SciAcademy in New Orleans. Such approaches put the focus on the process of learning rather than the race to the correct answer.
Instead of calling on the first student to raise a hand, chemistry teacher Anthony McElligott waits for all his students to do so at SciAcademy in New Orleans. Such approaches put the focus on the process of learning rather than the race to the correct answer.
Jennifer Zdon for Education Week
Student Well-Being 'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy
The concept aims to raise academic expectations by teaching students and teachers how to think of intelligence as something that can be improved through effort and experimentation.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 10, 2013
8 min read
Federal Letter to the Editor 'Punitive' Use of Testing Is 'Dysfunctional' Model
To the Editor:
It may be a mistake in public policy to continue the heavy dependence on standardized testing for high-stakes purposes to drive a punitive system of accountability for teaching and learning. I can think of no substantial body of research that supports the idea that we can force teachers or students to succeed by negative reinforcement (punishment).
September 10, 2013
2 min read
Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Essay on Common Core Seeks to Cut Off Dissent
To the Editor:
It is convenient for Commentary author Linda Diamond to ask educators concerned about the Common Core State Standards to shift their efforts to "the more difficult challenge—implementation" ("The Cure for Common-Core Syndrome," Aug. 28, 2013). After all, doing so absolves the power that educators hold to scrutinize the effects the new policy will have on teaching and learning.
September 10, 2013
1 min read
Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Blog Excerpts Suggest Divided K-12 Community
To the Editor:
It may well be that the OpEducation blog excerpts published in the Commentary section this summer ("Are New Teachers Ready to Teach?," June 12, 2013) were not fully indicative of the bloggers' perspectives. Nevertheless, I found the four excerpts to be strangely coincidental and disconcerting.
September 10, 2013
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Letter to the Editor Game Use in Assessment Raises 'Hard Questions'
To the Editor:
In your article "Researchers See Video Games as Testing Tools" (Aug. 7, 2013), Constance Steinkuehler, a researcher and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her colleagues continue to demonstrate the richness and value that can be found in digital games and play environments. Play has always had a critical role in the process of cultivating children's social skills, and discovering how to scaffold the practice of those skills in digital games is exciting.
September 10, 2013
1 min read
Early Childhood Report Roundup Social-Emotional Learning
A 4-year-old's relationship with a teacher and a positive preschool climate may be more important to cognitive development than the amount of time spent learning numbers and letters, finds a new study.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 10, 2013
1 min read