November 12, 2014
Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 12
Standards 'Plus' Standards Spur Course Changes
Close readers of the common-core standards for math will notice that in the high school section, some items are marked with a plus sign (+). Those are the so-called "plus standards," designed to go beyond the general expectations and prepare students for advanced math courses.
Standards Math Instructional Materials Vetted
A new group billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting free online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards—an effort, some say, that has the potential to shake up the market.
Standards Researcher Isolates Common-Core Math Implementation Problems
In a recent talk for education journalists, William Schmidt, a researcher and education professor at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, laid out what he sees as the four major problems with how the Common Core State Standards for math are being implemented in schools.
School & District Management California Chief's Win a Bright Spot for Teachers' Unions
The battle for the Golden State's top K-12 spot—with teachers' unions backing incumbent Tom Torlakson's successful re-election bid—became a proxy war over K-12 policy.
Recruitment & Retention Study: Close Screening Process Can Improve Teacher Hires
Districts could boost their ability to hire more effective teachers who stay on the job longer by improving their screening techniques, a newly released working paper concludes.
College & Workforce Readiness Study: Payoffs Are Small for Short-Term Career Certificates
Longer-term certificates and associate degrees yield more of a wage boost than the short-term, occupational certificates that students earn at community colleges.
Professional Development Study Finds Principal Mobility Takes Toll on Budgets, Learning
The high rate of principal turnover is costing school districts dearly, particularly teachers and students in high-poverty systems, says a new report by the School Leaders Network.
College & Workforce Readiness Harvard Launches Initiative to Prepare Seniors to Enter Teaching
Harvard University plans to launch a fellowship program to prepare seniors at the college to become K-12 teachers, giving them more than a year of student-teaching, a lightened courseload, and follow-up supports once they've started to lead their own classrooms.
School Climate & Safety Teachers in New York State to Give EpiPen Injections
New York state has crafted new rules allowing trained teachers to administer epinephrine injections to students facing medical emergencies.
Law & Courts Rural District Under Fire for Authorizing Charters
A rural district in Southern California is the subject of several lawsuits after it authorized charter schools that have opened in neighboring districts, according to LA School Report.
Law & Courts New Orleans Not Liable for Post-Katrina Job Losses
A Louisiana Supreme Court panel has overturned a lower-court class action stemming from the dismissal of teachers after Hurricane Katrina, a decision that for now spares the New Orleans district and the state of Louisiana from having to pay up to $1.5 billion in back pay.
Law & Courts Parents Sue School Districts After Football Player's Death
The parents of a 16-year-old who died last fall from football-related brain trauma are suing the New York districts he played for and the medical responders who tended to him.
School & District Management District Technology Chief in Los Angeles Resigns
Following the botched rollout of an ambitious plan to provide iPads to students and an ongoing software fiasco that has undermined class scheduling and the ability to verify the accuracy of students' transcripts, the chief information officer of the 651,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District has stepped down.
Equity & Diversity More Black Students Expelled Over Social-Media Use in Ala.
The Huntsville, Ala., district expelled 14 students last year based on the findings of a private contractor who monitored students' social-media activity as part of greater school security efforts, according to a review by The Huntsville Times. Twelve of them were black, drawing concerns that the program unfairly targeted African-American students.
School & District Management Urban School Chiefs' Tenure Falls Off, Survey Finds
The average time that urban superintendents stay on the job dropped this year, new survey results show.