November 11, 2015
Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 12
School & District Management Tech Solutions to Principals' Overloaded Schedules
Principal Tim Lauer shares how he uses technology to balance extended classroom visits with his other leadership responsibilities.
College & Workforce Readiness Tuition Rose Faster at Public Universities
Students who attend public four-year colleges and universities are paying an average of 38 percent more in tuition and fees than they were a decade ago, according to data released last week. Those increases are far greater than the increases at two-year public colleges or at private, four-year institutions.
Infrastructure Districts Still Struggling to Equip Schools With High-Speed Internet
Cost and rural settings are among the barriers as districts strive to bring fast broadband access to schools, according to a report from the Consortium for School Networking.
Law & Courts School Districts Confront Transgender Student Policies
Recent disputes over schools' treatment of transgender students present complicated questions for educators.
Special Education Decades of Progress, Challenges Under Federal Special Education Law
Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students.
Student Well-Being 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders Are Tough Call for Schools
In Alabama, school officials say they could not abide by a mother's advance directive not to revive her terminally ill son if he goes into cardiac arrest.
Law & Courts Mont. Schools Chief Juneau Launches Congressional Bid
Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau, a Democrat, announced last week she will run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 against the state's at-large Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke.
Student Well-Being H.S. Coach Placed on Leave For Leading Prayers on Field
The Bremerton, Wash., school district has placed an assistant football coach on paid administrative leave for leading prayers with students on the field following games.
Teaching Profession Most States Link Evaluations to Student Test Scores
The vast majority of states now require that teachers be evaluated, at least in part, on student test scores—up sharply from six years ago.
Teaching Profession N.J. Toughens Requirements for Teacher Certification
New Jersey's state education board has changed requirements for teachers to be certified to include a full year of student teaching and going through a state evaluation system.
An article in the Nov. 4, 2015, issue of Education Week miscast the National Education Policy Center's stance on the drop in NAEP scores. The press release from the center stated that the decrease was "bad news" for school improvement approaches that seek to close failing schools and hold teachers accountable for student test scores.
Student Achievement Students With Disabilities Still Show Gaps on NAEP
The math and reading scores for students with disabilities on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress showed little movement from two years ago.