August 19, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 01
Federal Common Core, Money Matters Fuel Debates in State Elections
The education policy stakes surrounding races in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi are high and could have an impact on the national discussion about common-core standards.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 18, 2015
7 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Atlanta Hires Architect of State-Takeover Legislation
Proposed legislation would give the state the power to seize control of low-performing schools, convert them into charters, or shut them down.
Corey Mitchell, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Classroom Technology News in Brief News Corp. to Wind Down Amplify's Tablet Business
The company says it will stop actively marketing tablets and will no longer accept new customers, though it will continue to support existing users.
Sean Cavanagh, August 18, 2015
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Background-Check System in Ohio Seen as Failing
The state's system had failed to detect offenses among roughly 80,000 employees since mid-2013 until it was fixed on July 13.
Tribune News Service, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Education News in Brief Episodes of 'Sesame Street' Will Now Air First on HBO
The move is part of a five-year agreement that will keep first-run episodes of the series away from public television for nine months.
Tribune News Service, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Education News in Brief Live-In Domestic Workers Can Enroll Children Locally
The bill grew out of a case last year in the Orinda district, in which a 2nd grader whose mother worked as a live-in nanny at a home in the district was expelled.
Denisa R. Superville, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Reading & Literacy Report Roundup Early Literacy
The ability of African-American preschoolers to tell vivid, complex stories predicts those children's literacy skills later on in kindergarten, says new research.
Christina A. Samuels, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Science Report Roundup Learning Science
The Next Generation Science Standards do a better job overall of covering genetics than most previous state standards, but are missing some key content, finds a new study.
Liana Loewus, August 18, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Immigrant Students
Unaccompanied minors living in the New York City metropolitan area, many who are English-language learners, face an array of obstacles to enrolling in school, finds a new study.
Corey Mitchell, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Mathematics Report Roundup Math Anxiety
If parents shudder at the thought of algebra or arithmetic, they can pass that dread of math on to their children, according to a new study.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 18, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup English-Language Learners
A study of seven high-poverty districts in the Seattle metropolitan area found that it took nearly four years for elementary-school-age English-language learners to develop English proficiency.
Corey Mitchell, August 18, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Ind. District Eases Eligibility for Interscholastic Sports
Under the new policy, district students who are struggling academically will continue playing if they meet Indiana High School Athletic Association guidelines for eligibility.
The Associated Press, August 18, 2015
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Wash. State Lowers Cutoff on SBAC Test Scores
Washington state seniors do not have to reach the "college readiness" cutoff score on the Smarter Balanced test in order to earn their diplomas.
Catherine Gewertz, August 18, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief N.Y.C. Chancellor Forms Anti-Cheating Task Force
The task force will provide oversight, as well as training, and will produce biannual reports on how well schools are implementing academic guidelines.
The Associated Press, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Accountability News in Brief Atlanta Rolls Out Grade-Changing Rules
Under the new regulations, administrators have to complete several steps before a grade can be changed.
Corey Mitchell, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Accountability News in Brief New York's Student Opt-Out Rate for Testing Hits 20 Percent
New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch has previously warned that high opt-out rates could threaten the validity of the state's common-core tests.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Reading & Literacy News in Brief Thousands of Texas Students May Be Held Back a Grade
About 1 in 7 students could be held back in the coming school year because they couldn't pass the STAAR reading exam in three tries, says a Texas Education Agency report.
Tribune News Service, August 18, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Foreign-Language Study To Be Undertaken
The commission will work with scholarly and professional organizations to review research about the benefits of foreign-language instruction.
Corey Mitchell, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Equity & Diversity News in Brief Ed. Dept. to Subsidize Costs of AP for Some Test-Takers
The program is intended to encourage those students to take AP tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, according to department officials.
Lauren Camera, August 18, 2015
1 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act Letter to the Editor A Thank You to Congress on ESEA Reauthorization
To the Editor:
Based on our institutional experience as an advocacy organization, Congress appears to be designed not to pass countless laws, but rather to stop bad laws from being passed. The recent trend for Congress to see things over-the-line only when it is backed into a corner—witness the legislating-through-crisis budget battles of late—has proved detrimental to the nation's schools, as educators languish under No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that is now nearly eight years past due for reauthorization.
August 18, 2015
1 min read
Science Letter to the Editor Is Out-of-School Learning the Key to STEM Success?
To the Editor:
The excellent blog post "The Candy Bar Effect: More Research Needed on STEM Programs' Impact" deftly identifies the challenges involved in developing and evaluating "learning ecosystems" that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning for children.
August 18, 2015
1 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
August 18, 2015
9 min read
An 8-year-old boy struggles after being handcuffed by a school resource officer at a school in Covington, Ky. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the officer and the local sheriff's department that employs him.
An 8-year-old boy struggles after being handcuffed by a school resource officer at a school in Covington, Ky. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the officer and the local sheriff's department that employs him.
American Civil Liberties Union/AP
Special Education Handcuffing of Students Reignites Debate on Use of Restraint
The ACLU has filed suit against the Kentucky school resource officer who shackled two young students with disabilities.
Christina A. Samuels, August 17, 2015
4 min read