October 29, 2014

Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 10
Education What Are Edweek.org Readers Saying About the Common Core?
From the start of 2014 through the middle of October, Education Week published more than 120 COMMENTARIES either in print or online. 10 of those focused on the Common Core State Standards.
January 21, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness State Initiatives Widen Reach of ACT, SAT Tests
Newly mandated tests are sometimes doing double duty as exit exams or accountability gauges.
Caralee J. Adams, October 28, 2014
7 min read
Data School Researchers Use Computer Models to 'Field-Test' Ideas
Increasingly detailed simulations designed to mimic student behavior and learning provide new testing grounds for classroom interventions.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 28, 2014
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Students from Norman Thomas High School in New York City pay a vendor a dollar a day to store their cellphones. The city district currently bans the possession of student-owned digital devices in school.
Students from Norman Thomas High School in New York City pay a vendor a dollar a day to store their cellphones. The city district currently bans the possession of student-owned digital devices in school.
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School Climate & Safety N.Y.C. Schools to Open Doors to Student Cellphones
The country's largest school district plans to end its ban on student cellphones in schools, following the path of a growing number of districts.
Sam Atkeson, October 28, 2014
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Federal Ed. Startups Get Money, Advice From Federal Program
Operating within the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Innovation Research program has backed the development of dozens of ed-tech companies.
Sean Cavanagh, October 28, 2014
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Teaching Commentary Teaching the Why, Not Just the What, of Geography
Standards should emphasize the deeper reasoning implicit in geography education, not just learning place names, Phil Gersmehl writes.
Phil Gersmehl, October 28, 2014
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Executive Skills & Strategy Commentary Ensuring Equity in Charter Schools
The underwhelming performance of many charters should be a call to action, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter say.
Richard D. Kahlenberg & Halley Potter, October 28, 2014
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
October 28, 2014
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Federal Education and the 2014 Election: A Guide to Key Races
Education is front and center in dozens of federal, state, and local contests in this pivotal midterm election year. Here's a selection of key contests to watch on election night.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 28, 2014
Education Correction Corrections
A story in the special pullout section of the Oct. 22, 2014, issue of Education Week about a personalized learning initiative in South Carolina's Horry County schools misspelled the name of Socastee High School.
October 28, 2014
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Education Funding Report Roundup Education Spending Yet to Reach Pre-Recession Levels
The majority of states are funding schools below the levels reached a half-dozen years ago, before the Great Recession caused significant budget cuts, according to a report by a Washington think tank.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 28, 2014
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Southern Youths
A new report on educational attainment and achievement among 15- to 24-year-olds in the South argues that the region needs to build a new "infrastructure of opportunity" that includes stronger middle schools, a new "meld" of high schools and community colleges, and enhanced prekindergarten programs.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 28, 2014
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup After-School Programs
A burst of interest in after-school programs over the past decade has far surpassed their growth, shutting out millions of families that need a safe place to send their children while parents are at work, concludes a new survey.
Kathryn Baron, October 28, 2014
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Access to Education
Opportunity Nation, a coalition of 300 community organizations, has released its latest Opportunity Index, a Web-based tool that allows users to see their community's performance on 16 different indicators.
Christina A. Samuels, October 28, 2014
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Classroom Technology Report Roundup E-Learning
Digital learning games have officially gone mainstream, with nearly three-quarters of K-8 teachers saying they use them for classroom instruction, according to a new national survey.
Benjamin Herold, October 28, 2014
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Reading & Literacy Report Roundup Arts Education
Students who attended a live theater performance showed better knowledge of vocabulary words, more tolerance, and an improved ability to read others' emotions when compared with students who did not attend, says a recent study.
Liana Loewus, October 28, 2014
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Drugs and Accountability
A new study finds that middle and high school students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely than students in poverty to "selectively use stimulants only during the academic year."
Sarah D. Sparks, October 28, 2014
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Janet Baressi, the Oklahoma state schools chief, is pushing to have the state's No Child Left Behind Act waiver reinstated.
Janet Baressi, the Oklahoma state schools chief, is pushing to have the state's No Child Left Behind Act waiver reinstated.
School & District Management Two States Revisit NCLB Tangles After Losing Waivers
For now, Oklahoma and Washington are navigating a bumpy transition back to life under the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.
Alyson Klein, October 28, 2014
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School Climate & Safety Commentary No, Teachers Should Not Carry Guns
Educators shouldn't be allowed to carry firearms, writes school principal and licensed gun owner Russ Moore.
Russ Moore, October 28, 2014
5 min read
Teaching Letter to the Editor Reader: Advertisements Show Students Using Improper Pencil Grips
To the Editor:
Recent issues of Education Week included a Renaissance Learning advertisement and an American Reading Company advertisement each showing a student using a very poor pencil grip.
October 27, 2014
1 min read
School & District Management Letter to the Editor Cross-Sector Collaboration Can Unite All Types of Schools
To the Editor:
The article "Some Districts, Charters Forge New Partnerships" on state-led charter-district collaboration in Florida was encouraging, but if charter schools truly are to become education innovation labs, robust cross-sector collaboration is the key, and it won't be just charters doing the teaching.
October 27, 2014
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Education Funding News in Brief Already-Delayed Teacher-Preparation Rules Pushed Back
The U.S. Department of Education has again delayed its release of proposed regulations requiring teacher-preparation programs to do a better job of identifying weak programs.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 27, 2014
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief La. District Sells Computers Containing Student Data
At least two computers from a defunct charter school organization in New Orleans that were sold at auction a week ago contained names, birthdates, and Social Security numbers for 210 students.
The Associated Press, October 27, 2014
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief ACT Test Sheets Disappear for 182 Students in Pa.
Test sheets of 182 students who took the ACT college-readiness exam last month at Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania are missing.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 27, 2014
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School & District Management News in Brief Workers Under Investigation Get Bonuses in Ohio District
Columbus schools Superintendent Dan Good said that Ohio law and state school board policy required the district to pay bonuses last week to administrators who have been implicated in the district's data-rigging scandal.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 27, 2014
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Law & Courts News in Brief Arbitrator Rules N.J. District Fired Teacher Prematurely
An arbitrator has sided with a teacher dismissed for "inefficiency" in Newark, N.J., saying the district impermissibly used her review under a pilot teacher-evaluation system as evidence of her performance.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 27, 2014
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Court Rejects Handcuffing of Elementary Student
A federal appeals court has upheld most of a jury verdict against two police officers and the city of Sonora, Calif., in the handcuffing and transport of an 11-year-old student who was unresponsive at recess.
Mark Walsh, October 27, 2014
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School & District Management News in Brief N.Y.C. Chancellor Replaces Many Superintendents
New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña has replaced 15 of 42 school superintendents.
The Associated Press, October 27, 2014
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Assessment News in Brief Under Pressure, Okla. Hires New Vendor to Oversee Tests
Oklahoma officials have steered past a potential crisis by reaching a deal with another company to deliver winter exams used to fulfill high school graduation requirements.
Sean Cavanagh, October 27, 2014
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