April 16, 2014

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 28
Education Funding States' Rollout of Common Core Goes Under the Microscope
A variety of education groups and government officials alike assess the states' strengths and challenges in the early stages of common-core implementation.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 15, 2014
6 min read
School & District Management Are Contracts to Blame for Teacher-Quality Gaps?
Researchers are examining whether language in teacher contracts could be contributing to the teacher-quality gap between schools with large and small concentrations of minority students.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 15, 2014
7 min read
Education Race to the Top: A Road Map
Here's a one-stop guide to keeping all the various versions of Race to the Top straight.
Alyson Klein, April 15, 2014
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Curriculum Commentary Gifted Ed. Is Crucial, But the Label Isn't
Giving students the educational challenges they are "ready and hungry" for is important, regardless of whether they have been designated as "gifted," five experts in the field write.
Scott J. Peters, Scott Barry Kaufman, Michael S. Matthews, Matthew T. McBee & D. Betsy McCoach, April 15, 2014
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Red-shirted members of the Kansas National Education Association raise their hands to show support for public schools in the gallery of the Kansas House chamber in Topeka earlier this month.
Red-shirted members of the Kansas National Education Association raise their hands to show support for public schools in the gallery of the Kansas House chamber in Topeka earlier this month.
John Hanna/AP
Law & Courts Districts Cheer Kansas K-12 Aid Deal, Despite Uncertainties
Funding changes will pour more money into Kansas schools in a bid to satisfy a state supreme court ruling on aid.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 15, 2014
3 min read
Federal Bipartisan Research Bill Rockets Through House Panel
The House education committee gave unanimous backing to a measure making over the Institute of Education Sciences.
Alyson Klein, April 15, 2014
4 min read
Special education teacher Greta Smith works with a student during class at Buhler Grade School in Buhler, Kan. Students at the school are among those field-testing assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards and designed for those with cognitive disabilities.
Special education teacher Greta Smith works with a student during class at Buhler Grade School in Buhler, Kan. Students at the school are among those field-testing assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards and designed for those with cognitive disabilities.
Steve Hebert for Education Week
Special Education Tests Balance Common Core, Those With Cognitive Issues
Specialized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards are being field-tested for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
Christina A. Samuels, April 15, 2014
6 min read
School & District Management Studies Offer Insights on Implementing Common Core
At a national meeting of education researchers this month, scholars shared lessons learned so far from standards implementation in some states and districts.
Holly Kurtz, April 15, 2014
5 min read
School & District Management Studies Hit on Ways to Nurture Students' 'Growth Mindsets'
Researchers at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association shared some practical strategies for teaching students that intelligence is not immutable.
Holly Kurtz, April 15, 2014
3 min read
Data New York Seeks an Alternative to inBloom
After severing its ties with the controversial data-management company, the state must determine how it will store and organize student information.
5 min read
International U.S. Students Score Above Average on New Problem-Solving Test
American 15-year-olds scored above average among the 44 nations taking part in a new test designed to measure creative problem-solving skills.
Holly Kurtz, April 15, 2014
5 min read
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April 15, 2014
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Standards Letter to the Editor Critical Thinking and the Common Core
In a March 25, 2014, Commentary, writer and former teacher David Ruenzel asserts that the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on a "thinking curriculum" will require teachers as well as students to engage in critical thinking. This represents a significant change for teachers, he writes, adding that "the public has often perceived teachers—and the education schools that have prepared them—not as thinkers, but as taskmasters who force-feed 'content' to students who have to be kept in line."
April 15, 2014
2 min read
Early Childhood Letter to the Editor Infants, Toddlers Are Georgia's 'Next Frontier' for Learning
To the Editor:
Now that Georgia's state-funded pre-K program (which, according to a recent report, significantly affects language, literacy, and math skills in pre-K students) has celebrated its 20th anniversary, I am often asked about our "next frontier" in early-childhood education.
April 15, 2014
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Report Roundup New Child Well-Being Index Spotlights Racial Disparities
As children from minority populations gradually become the majority in the United States, the country must address unequal outcomes and opportunities between racial and ethnic groups to ensure a prosperous future, a report released this month says.
Evie Blad, April 15, 2014
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Teenage Pregnancy
Eighty-three percent of U.S. teenagers did not receive any sex education before they first had sex, according to a new federal report.
Debra Viadero, April 15, 2014
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Time to Learn
Poverty-related challenges steal time from high school class periods, leading students at low-income schools to receive an average of half an hour less instruction per day than their peers in higher-income schools.
Holly Kurtz, April 15, 2014
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Student Health
Most schools meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture's drinking-water requirements, but students still aren't drinking enough water, a study concludes.
April 15, 2014
1 min read
Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teacher Turnover
Teachers hired during the Great Recession may be sticking around longer than those hired a few years before the downturn, according to new data.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 15, 2014
1 min read
Mathematics Report Roundup Math Education
Mathematics anxiety can be explained, at least in part, by genetic factors, says a recent study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Liana Loewus, April 15, 2014
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy News in Brief Startups in Education Set Record in Raising Money
Ninety-nine startups in education have raised more than $500 million, a record in the past five years, according to TechCrunch, citing statistics from its database of technology companies, people, and investors.
Michele Molnar, April 15, 2014
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Civil Rights Group Sues New Mexico Over Equity
New Mexico's current education improvement agenda is harming the state's large population of English-language learners and low-income students, charges a lawsuit filed against the state by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Lesli A. Maxwell, April 15, 2014
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Charter Students Contribute to Higher Transit Costs
The cost of transporting charter school students to class in Ohio was, on average, about 44 percent higher than for students attending regular public schools, an investigation by the Akron Beacon Journal shows.
April 15, 2014
1 min read
Equity & Diversity News in Brief Gaps Widen in High School for High Achievers
High achieving students of color and from disadvantaged backgrounds, on average, graduate with lower grades, pass fewer Advanced Placement exams, and don't do as well on the ACT or SAT as their peers from wealthier and white families, according to research from the Education Trust.
Caralee J. Adams, April 15, 2014
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Ind. Board Members Say Teacher Ratings Unfair
Members of the Indiana board of education say a new performance-evaluation system failed parents, students, and teachers when results released last week found only 2 percent of educators in need of improvement.
The Associated Press, April 15, 2014
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief L.A. Pact on Teacher Layoffs Ducks Seniority Issues
Plaintiffs and the local teachers' union reached an agreement last week designed to prevent 37 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District from getting hit by layoffs.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 15, 2014
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Court Backs N.Y.C. Ban on Religious Services
A federal appeals court, ruling for the sixth time in a long-running case over weekend church services in public schools, has upheld the New York City school system's rules against opening its facilities to such worship services.
Mark Walsh, April 15, 2014
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Charges Filed in Attacks at Pa. High School
Authorities have charged a 16-year-old student with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault in a knife attack that wounded 21 students at a Pennsylvania high school last week.
The Associated Press, April 15, 2014
1 min read