August 5, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 37
John Kasich
John Kasich
Federal New Candidates Join Quest for White House
On the Republican side, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wis. Gov. Scott Walker announce bids; former Va. Sen. Jim Webb is running for the Democratic nomination.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 5, 2015
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs into law a measure creating millions of dollars in incentives to combat the state's teacher shortage. His daughter, Maddy, watches in the library at Reno High School, where she is a senior.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs into law a measure creating millions of dollars in incentives to combat the state's teacher shortage. His daughter, Maddy, watches in the library at Reno High School, where she is a senior.
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Recruitment & Retention Districts Facing Teacher Shortages Look for Lifelines
With a new school year approaching, districts around the country are issuing urgent pleas for teachers to come work for them.
Ross Brenneman, August 4, 2015
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School & District Management Opinion School Choice Is Good for Teachers, Too
School choice offers educators opportunities to innovate and lead in the classroom and beyond, argues former teachers' union president Doug Tuthill.
Doug Tuthill, August 4, 2015
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Federal Tough Choices for PARCC as States Drop Out
The number of states still officially part of the common-core testing consortium is half of what it once was, and that poses challenges, especially when it comes to costs.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 4, 2015
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FROM LEFT: Students and parents sit in on the “Surviving Your 1st Year & Beyond” workshop during a conference held last month by the District of Columbia College Access Program. Conference offerings cover everything from time management to how students from diverse backgrounds can adapt to a predominantly white university.
FROM LEFT: Students and parents sit in on the “Surviving Your 1st Year & Beyond” workshop during a conference held last month by the District of Columbia College Access Program. Conference offerings cover everything from time management to how students from diverse backgrounds can adapt to a predominantly white university.
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College & Workforce Readiness Educators Work to Stave Off 'Summer Melt'
Instead of heading to the beach, some counselors and youth groups are working hard to ensure that students who planned to go to college actually make it there.
August 4, 2015
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James Ryan In less than five years, he says, San Francisco schools will be offering computer science lessons in all grades.
<b>James Ryan</b><br> In less than five years, he says, San Francisco schools will be offering computer science lessons in all grades.
Executive Skills & Strategy Q&A: San Francisco Expands Computer Science Classes
James Ryan, the district’s chief for STEM learning, discusses San Francisco’s new initiative to teach computer science in every grade.
Liana Loewus, August 4, 2015
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School & District Management Opinion Who the 'Model Minority' Stereotype Hurts Most
Lumping together data on the diverse population of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders obscures many students' struggles, writes Peter T. Keo.
Peter T. Keo, August 4, 2015
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Teaching Opinion John Locke: An Education Progressive Ahead of His Time?
Philosopher John Locke's advice on schooling remains relevant for educators even after three centuries, writes researcher Peter Gibbon.
Peter H. Gibbon, August 4, 2015
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
August 4, 2015
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School & District Management Obituary Obituary
Robert R. "Bud" Spillane, a former superintendent of the Fairfax County, Va., and Boston school districts, has died. Mr. Spillane, who had a reputation as a tough yet fair leader, died July 18.
Corey Mitchell, August 4, 2015
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Forrest Claypool
Forrest Claypool
Education News in Brief Transitions
Ruth Curran Neild, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Technical Assistance, has been named the U.S. Department of Education's director of policy and research, a role that includes directing the Institute of Education Sciences.
August 4, 2015
1 min read
Education Correction Correction
In the July 8, 2015, issue of Education Week, the name of Leslie Kaplan, the author of the letter to the editor, "School-Leader-Licensure Standards Lose Their Punch," was misspelled.
August 4, 2015
1 min read
Assessment Letter to the Editor Students Learn Best in an Engaged Classroom
To the Editor:
American students need to hit the books. The United States ranks 27th among 34 developed countries in math and 20th in science achievement, according to the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, results. America's performance in math, science, and reading has remained mostly unchanged for over a decade.
August 4, 2015
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Teacher Preparation Letter to the Editor Comparison of Teacher Education to Medical Training Isn't New
To the Editor:
I agree with the recent Commentary "Can Teacher-Educators Learn From Medical-School Reform?", and author Benjamin Riley's assertion that there is no collective approach that addresses the question of how to properly prepare teachers.
August 4, 2015
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Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Mind the Gap: Deploy Teacher Talent to High-Need Schools
To the Editor:
The June 3, 2015, Teacher Beat blog post "Ed. Dept.: Poorest Districts Have More Trainee Teachers" brings focus to an issue we've known about for years, but have had little success fixing—the inequitable distribution of teachers.
August 4, 2015
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Reading & Literacy Letter to the Editor More Books, Better Libraries Can Fight 'Summer Loss'
To the Editor:
In their recent Commentary, Bolgen Vargas and Sandra A. Parker argue that a longer school day will better prepare students for high-tech jobs and prevent summer learning loss.
August 4, 2015
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Special Education Letter to the Editor NCLB Should Include the Needs of Those on the Autism Spectrum
To the Editor:
The hotly contested No Child Left Behind Act has brought sweeping changes to education across the nation. Since taking effect in 2002, the law has altered classroom content and teaching methods.
August 4, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Letter to the Editor What Can You Measure in Five Minutes? Ask the Students
To the Editor:
I just performed a Google search motivated by a small and unobtrusively placed news story. I searched, "College Board SAT test timing misprint." If you don't have a child experiencing the dreadful throes of college preparation and testing, this particular story might have slipped right by you. The College Board admitted that there was a mistake in the timing information provided for the last section of a recent SAT.
August 4, 2015
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School & District Management Education News Online: A Snapshot
We take a look at the growing number of websites that cover education, including those focused primarily on school policy and general sites devoting resources to the education beat, online.
Mark Walsh, August 4, 2015
Markets Some Online Sites May Blur News, Advocacy Line
While many of the new online outlets reporting on education are bona fide news operations, others may be harder to pigeonhole.
Mark Walsh, August 4, 2015
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Ed-Tech Policy Chalkbeat Wields Web to Boost Local Ed.-News Coverage
The four-site news operation is among the next generation of outlets drilling deep into local education issues.
Mark Walsh, August 4, 2015
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Classroom Technology Crowded Field of Online News Sites Focuses on Education Issues
National and local online outlets are offering a wealth of specialized content on K-12 topics, some striving for journalistic objectivity, others pushing an unvarnished point of view.
Mark Walsh, August 4, 2015
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Kindergartners' Social Skills Found to Predict Adult Success
Children who share, resolve their own problems, and cooperate with peers are more likely to have positive life outcomes, a new study says.
Christina A. Samuels, August 4, 2015
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Special Education Report Roundup English-Learners
A new report finds "no proven method" for best identifying and serving English-language learners with disabilities.
Christina A. Samuels, August 4, 2015
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup School Safety
Fewer high school students reported being in physical fights, being victimized, or carrying weapons in school in 2013, according to the latest edition of a federal report.
Evie Blad, August 4, 2015
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College and Career Readiness
Many children whose parents didn't go to college aim for degrees in higher education, but they're far less prepared to go to college than their peers who grew up with college-educated parents, finds a new report.
Catherine Gewertz, August 4, 2015
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Education Funding Report Roundup Federal Education Policy
Education watchers can—and do—argue over whether President Barack Obama's Race to the Top grants have improved education for American students.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 4, 2015
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Class Time
School districts that adopted a four-day school week in rural Idaho experienced no significant cost savings, and some districts even saw costs rise to accommodate the resulting longer school day, according to a new report.
Jackie Mader, August 4, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Child Well-Being
Children have seen improvement on measures of health and education nationally over the past five years, but indicators in economic well-being and "family and community" still lag, according to an annual report.
Christina A. Samuels, August 4, 2015
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