May 14, 2014

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 31
Assessment Swamp Fight: Louisiana's Common-Core Debate, a Timeline
Nowhere has the conflict surrounding the Common Core State Standards been more protracted, high-profile, and complicated than in Louisiana.
August 13, 2014
Assessment NAEP Tech., Engineering Test Brings Interactivity
Results from the first administration of the national exam, which is focused on assessing problem-solving skills, will arrive in 2016.
Liana Loewus, May 13, 2014
4 min read
School & District Management Geovisual Software Use Expands in K-12 Schools
The rapid evolution of the technology is due largely to the rise in the use of mobile devices and the increasing technological savvy of school district administrators.
Benjamin Herold, May 13, 2014
6 min read
School Choice & Charters Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, Book Says
A pair of researchers have published a controversial book reigniting the long-running debate over academic achievement in public vs. private schools.
Holly Kurtz, May 13, 2014
7 min read
Octavia Smoot prepares for her senior portrait at Scott High School in Madison, W.Va. Ms. Smoot is participating in a pilot program that sends text reminders, including those featured at right, to college-bound students. Starting in January of the senior year, participants receive reminders and information to keep them on track for higher education.
Octavia Smoot prepares for her senior portrait at Scott High School in Madison, W.Va. Ms. Smoot is participating in a pilot program that sends text reminders, including those featured at right, to college-bound students. Starting in January of the senior year, participants receive reminders and information to keep them on track for higher education.
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College & Workforce Readiness 'R U on Track for College?' Texting a New Strategy
To keep seniors on track for college and to avoid the "summer melt" that leads some astray after graduation, some educators are texting them reminders and information.
Caralee J. Adams, May 13, 2014
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Four-year-old Holly Ann Haley braces for a vaccine at her doctor's office in Berlin, Vt. The state recently revised the personal exemption process for vaccines.
Four-year-old Holly Ann Haley braces for a vaccine at her doctor's office in Berlin, Vt. The state recently revised the personal exemption process for vaccines.
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Student Well-Being States Tightening Loopholes in School Vaccine Laws
Amid a resurgence in childhood diseases, some states are rethinking provisions that once allowed parents to exempt their children from school vaccine requirements for personal reasons.
Evie Blad, May 13, 2014
7 min read
Assessment Time for Testing: 'Right Amount' or Too Much?
A survey finds teachers and administrators are looking more favorably than they did two years ago on the amount of time spent on testing and test prep.
Catherine Gewertz, May 13, 2014
3 min read
Assessment NAEP Scores Stall for 12th Graders in Reading, Math
Performance on the national exams has stagnated since 2009, including among racial and ethnic groups, prompting renewed concerns about the persistence of achievement gaps.
Liana Loewus, May 13, 2014
5 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion Why Integration Matters in Schools
Integration has a positive effect on almost every aspect of education that matters, and segregation the inverse, writes Derek Black.
Derek W. Black, May 13, 2014
5 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion Hispanics Are Forgotten in Civil Rights History
High school senior Nicholas Dauphine writes that U.S. history has all but erased the struggles of Hispanics against racism.
Nicholas Dauphine, May 13, 2014
3 min read
Samuel Halperin, seen here at the White House in July, 1965, was assistant U.S. commissioner of education during development of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Samuel Halperin, seen here at the White House in July, 1965, was assistant U.S. commissioner of education during development of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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School & District Management Samuel Halperin, Leader in Education Policy, Dies at 84
A political scientist and among the architects of landmark Great Society education laws, Samuel Halperin died in Washington May 6.
Christina A. Samuels, May 13, 2014
4 min read
Data Redouble Focus on Data Privacy, White House Report Urges
A new report calls for assurances that data collected on students will be used for educational purposes, but is sketchy on how to guarantee that happens.
Michele Molnar, May 13, 2014
5 min read
Law & Courts Ruling May Reignite Debate on School-Board Prayers
Legal experts split on the implications for school boards after the U.S. Supreme Court upholds prayers before meetings of the town council in Greece, N.Y.
Mark Walsh, May 13, 2014
4 min read
Standards News in Brief Political Support for the Common Core
Two new polls show different levels of support for the Common Core State Standards based on political-party affiliation and political viewpoint.
May 13, 2014
1 min read
Education Correction Correction
A Commentary in the May 7, 2014, issue of Education Week, "Charting a Common-Sense Course for the Common Core," mischaracterized action on the common core and teacher evaluation by the New York legislature. The bill had passed only the lower house, the Assembly.
May 13, 2014
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Science Obituary N.Y. Science Hall Leader Remembered as Booster of Informal Science Learning
Alan J. Friedman, a longtime champion of informal science education who served as the director of the New York Hall of Science for 22 years, died May 4.
Liana Loewus, May 13, 2014
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Education News in Brief Transition
Antwan Wilson, the assistant schools superintendent in Denver, will be the new superintendent of the Oakland, Calif., public schools.
May 13, 2014
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States State of the States State of the States 2014: Minnesota
Gov. Dayton used his State of the State address to announce a review of all K-12 assessments with a goal of streamlining and reducing standardized testing, to push for expansion of early-childhood education, and to introduce the idea of extending school days and the school year.
Michele Molnar, May 13, 2014
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Law & Courts Opinion Integration: New Concepts for a New Era
School desegregation remains a goal worth pursuing, but by different, more nuanced means than schools used to employ, Leonard Stevens writes.
Leonard B. Stevens, May 13, 2014
7 min read
Law & Courts Opinion K-12 Education: Still Separate, Still Unequal
Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, racial disparities in schools should be a call to action, writes Leticia Smith-Evans.
Leticia Smith-Evans, May 13, 2014
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School & District Management Opinion I, Too, Am America: Making All Students Feel Like They Belong
Graduate student Pierce Gordon writes about words and actions that make some minority students feel unwelcome in school programs and on college campuses.
Pierce Gordon, May 13, 2014
5 min read
Law & Courts In a Small Mississippi City, a Half-Century of Legal Battles
Cleveland, Miss., appears far from getting out from under federal court supervision decades after a desegregation case was filed.
Mark Walsh, May 13, 2014
4 min read
A pair of 4th graders mind the exit doors last month at Wilt Elementary School, a diverse schools in Louisville, Ky.
A pair of 4th graders mind the exit doors last month at Wilt Elementary School, a diverse schools in Louisville, Ky.
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Equity & Diversity Ky. District 'Keeps Faith' on School Desegregation
Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down its race-based student-assignment plan, Jefferson County is maintaining diverse schools and improving achievement.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 13, 2014
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President Barack Obama honors Sylvia Mendez with the 2010 Medal of Freedom at the White House on Feb. 15, 2011. As a child, Ms. Mendez was a key figure in a seminal school desegregation case.
President Barack Obama honors Sylvia Mendez with the 2010 Medal of Freedom at the White House on Feb. 15, 2011. As a child, Ms. Mendez was a key figure in a seminal school desegregation case.
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Law & Courts Federal Enforcement Is Key to Brown Legacy
The Civil Rights Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act continue to offer tools for compliance, amid a shifting legal landscape.
Mark Walsh, May 13, 2014
8 min read
Central High School students, including Hazel Bryan, left, shout insults at Elizabeth Eckford as she marches down to a line of National Guardsmen, who blocked the main entrance and would not let her enter school in Little Rock on Sept. 4, 1957.
Central High School students, including Hazel Bryan, left, shout insults at Elizabeth Eckford as she marches down to a line of National Guardsmen, who blocked the main entrance and would not let her enter school in Little Rock on Sept. 4, 1957.
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Equity & Diversity 60 Years After Brown, School Diversity More Complex Than Ever
Dramatic demographic changes, shifting court opinions, and housing segregation make school integration a major challenge.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 13, 2014
11 min read
Equity & Diversity Voices of History
Six decades after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, three people with unique experiences in fighting for integration and equality in public schools share their stories with Education Week.
May 13, 2014
Equity & Diversity Data: Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Schools Today
Statistics point to changed racial and ethnic enrollment patterns in public schools, 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed race-based segregation.
May 13, 2014
English-Language Learners Report Roundup Study: Do School Turnarounds Overlook ELLs?
The unique learning needs of English-language learners enrolled in low-performing schools that were targeted for dramatic improvements under a federal school turnaround program were largely overlooked, at least in the early phases of implementation, a new evaluation concludes.
Lesli A. Maxwell, May 13, 2014
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