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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School & District Management 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.
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.
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.
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.
English-Language Learners 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.