September 10, 2014
Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 03
Accountability New Reports Grade Schools on Reading, Writing, and Recess
States and districts are integrating student-wellness data into the school-level reports they share with the public.
School & District Management Counselors Work to Get More Students on College Path
In some states, new initiatives and graduate programs are providing needed training to expand college counseling in high schools.
Accountability New Group Takes Aim at 'Toxic Nature' of K-12 Debate
A new communications organization headed by a former aide to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will seek to elevate the national conversation over education policy.
Special Education New Global Fellowship Launched to Train Teacher-Coaches
Teach For All, a network in 34 countries, is focusing a new, two-year fellowship on students with what it terms "learning differences."
Curriculum Urban Districts Develop Common-Core Guide for Teaching ELLs
The Council of the Great City Schools has set out criteria to help educators bring common-core-aligned lessons and materials to English-learners.
Federal Education Looms Large in Pivotal U.S. Senate Races
Stark policy differences over issues such as the common core and education funding add heat to a handful of competitive campaigns that could help decide which party controls the Senate.
Teaching Profession Principals Aren't Tapping Teacher-Effectiveness Data, Says Study
Researchers say many principals are not tapping into the data generated by new teacher-evaluation systems around the country.
School & District Management Study Links Absenteeism and NAEP Scores
Students with poor attendance in the month before taking the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress scored significantly lower on the test than their peers who had no absences in that time frame, a new analysis by Attendance Works finds.
Education Many Minority Students Fail N.Y.C. Reading, Math Tests
A pro-charter school group has found that 90 New York City public schools failed to pass a single black or Hispanic student on state mathematics and reading tests this year.
Education Higher Testing Bar in Texas Delayed for Five Years
Texas education officials have given schools five more years for students to meet more rigorous standards before entering high school.
Education Education Efficiency Found to Lag in United States
The United States ranks 19th out of 30 countries for the outcomes achieved from its education investments, according to "The Efficiency Index: Which Education Systems Deliver the Best Value for the Money?"
School Climate & Safety Illinois to Pay for Expansion of Safe Passage in Chicago
Illinois will spend $10 million to expand the Chicago district's Safe Passage program, which trains adults to monitor designated walking routes to the city's schools.
Education Kansas City District Makes Gains, Avoids Transfers
Two and a half years after losing accreditation because of falling student achievement and chaos in its leadership ranks, the Kansas City, Mo., school system is back on firmer footing for the 2014-15 school year now that state education officials have granted it "provisional" accreditation.
Education Assessment Group Shortens English/Language Arts Test
The PARCC testing consortium has decided to cut out some questions on the English/language arts portion of its common-core-aligned test, reducing the length of the exam.