March 25, 2015
Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 25
College & Workforce Readiness Outside Groups Build Bridges Between School, Business
Third-party entities are showing educators and businesses how to work together to shape new, more relevant career and technical education programs.
Education At $43K Private School, Tech Opens Doors to Different World
Founded in 1920, Beaver Country Day School, which enrolls 468 students in grades 6-12, offers what is arguably the best approach for using K-12 educational technology that money can buy.
School Choice & Charters Elite Private Schools Use Wide Range of Ed-Tech Strategies
The approaches diverge from those taken by most of their public school counterparts, but experts suggest the tactics and strategies could be replicated.
Assessment U.S. Citizenship Test Gains Traction as Diploma Criterion
Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate.
Special Education Overhaul Urged to Aid Special Education in California
A task force report two years in the making recommends significant changes to the state's education system to improve achievement for students with disabilities.
School & District Management States Have Role to Play in Fostering Student Engagement, Report Says
Enacting policies that support and encourage district and school-level student-engagement efforts should be a priority, says the National Association of State Boards of Education.
School Choice & Charters Indiana's Private-School-Voucher Program Expands Rapidly
Roughly half of the state's 1.1 million schoolchildren are eligible for vouchers, including students who have never attended public schools.
Teacher Preparation Teacher Leadership Movement Gets Boost From Ed. Dept.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has pledged continued support for the Department of Education’s Teach to Lead initiative.
Assessment Pearson, PARCC Knocked for Monitoring Students' Social Media
An attempt to monitor students' social-media use to prevent the sharing of test information—initially flagged by a school superintendent in New Jersey—has generated a blast of criticism toward the PARCC assessment and at Pearson, the contractor hired to administer it.
Assessment Robot Teaches Handwriting Via Student Role Reversal
A robot from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne may be able to help students improve their cursive and boost their self-esteem—by letting them teach it how to write.
Families & the Community Parents Call for Takeover of Buffalo District
Some Buffalo public school parents, including the head of the New York district's parent-advisory group, are calling for a takeover of the district by a special master or receiver appointed by the federal courts or the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights.
School & District Management Requirements Eased in Ark. for State Schools Chief
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to sign a bill to ease the requirements for state education commissioner so that a former state senator can take the job.