February 24, 2016

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 22
States State of the States 2016: Louisiana
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
February 23, 2016
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Students Cindy Chen, left, and Rendy Zhong practice reading in a classroom at Southside Elementary School, in Columbus, Ind. The school is part of a district that practices universal design for learning, an instructional framework that seeks to open up multiple routes to learning. It can touch on everything from teaching and assessment strategies to classroom design and the outline of the school day.
Students Cindy Chen, left, and Rendy Zhong practice reading in a classroom at Southside Elementary School, in Columbus, Ind. The school is part of a district that practices universal design for learning, an instructional framework that seeks to open up multiple routes to learning. It can touch on everything from teaching and assessment strategies to classroom design and the outline of the school day.
Clay Lomneth for Education Week
Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Spotlights Strategy to Reach Diverse Learners
An instructional framework called universal design for learning, or UDL, which supports multiple ways to teach lessons, has found a niche in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Christina A. Samuels, February 23, 2016
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Assessment For States, Question Is: To Time Tests or Not?
While New York state recently opted to drop time limits on its tests, Texas is ending a 35-year policy of untimed testing.
Liana Loewus, February 23, 2016
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Student Emily Anderson, foreground, was among those field-testing the Smarter Balanced exam in 2014 at the Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, Vt. Some students are finding that the accommodations they’re used to getting on tests like this one aren’t always available for college admissions tests.
Student Emily Anderson, foreground, was among those field-testing the Smarter Balanced exam in 2014 at the Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, Vt. Some students are finding that the accommodations they’re used to getting on tests like this one aren’t always available for college admissions tests.
Caleb Kenna for Education Week-File
College & Workforce Readiness Feds Eye Disparities in Supports for SAT, ACT
As more states requiring the ACT or SAT, a gulf is opening between students with disabilities and those without, and it's caught the Justice Department's eye.
Catherine Gewertz, February 23, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act Military Career Testing Could Get ESSA Boost
As the state testing landscape shifts with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the military could see greater access for its optional aptitude test and career-exploration program.
February 23, 2016
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School & District Management Ill. Pension Woes Destabilizing Teaching Profession, Analysis Says
Nearly a quarter of newly hired teachers will never vest in the state's troubled Teacher Retirement System, and three quarters won't even make back what they pay into the system, according to a new report.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 23, 2016
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Special Education Studies on Deafness Yield Broader Benefits
New research offers clues on deaf children's language development and on other cognitive disorders, such as autism, in both hearing and nonhearing children.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 23, 2016
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History teacher Maryam Wardak talks with students in her freshman class at William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Conn. She is among 40 teachers who took part in a program aimed at deepening teachers' knowledge about world religions and their role in history and society. The small program is growing as controversies about lessons related to Islam flare around the country.
History teacher Maryam Wardak talks with students in her freshman class at William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Conn. She is among 40 teachers who took part in a program aimed at deepening teachers' knowledge about world religions and their role in history and society. The small program is growing as controversies about lessons related to Islam flare around the country.
Christopher Capozziello for Education Week
Teaching Program Takes Aim at 'Religious Illiteracy' in Classroom
Connecticut teachers are learning how to talk more meaningfully—and without controversy—about the role of world religions in history and society.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, February 23, 2016
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Grammar class at a Boston-area school in 1892.
Grammar class at a Boston-area school in 1892.
Augustine H. Folsom/Boston Public Library
Reading & Literacy Will the Common Core Step Up Schools' Focus on Grammar?
To read and understand complex texts, some educators say students will need a deep knowledge of grammar.
Liana Loewus, February 23, 2016
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Classroom Technology Commentary Personalized Learning Isn't About Isolation
We must take care that ed-tech resources do not fracture classrooms into "tech-supported cubicles," writes venture capitalist Jennifer Carolan.
Jennifer Carolan, February 23, 2016
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Early Childhood Commentary Here's Why Preschool Suspensions Are Harmful
Preschool suspensions promote failure, not success, for vulnerable students, write education professors Denisha Jones and Diane Levin.
Denisha Jones & Diane Levin, February 23, 2016
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Leslie Cober-Gentry for Education Week
Early Childhood Commentary How We're Bringing Quality Preschool to Scale
The city of Cleveland has a successful high-quality preschool program. Eric Gordon and Marcia Egbert explain why it works.
Eric Gordon & Marcia Egbert, February 23, 2016
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School & District Management Comparing Paper and Computer Testing: 7 Key Research Studies
New evidence of a "mode effect" on 2014-15 PARCC exams prompts a fresh look at research on the comparability of computer and paper-based assessments.
Benjamin Herold, February 23, 2016
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Reading & Literacy Letter to the Editor For Workforce-Training Programs, Literacy Skills Are Key
To the Editor:
The Jan. 26 blog post "Workforce Training Programs Should Consider Equity, Acting Ed. Secretary Says" poses a compelling case for the federal government to make sure that equity is the watchword for implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA.
February 23, 2016
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Professional Development Letter to the Editor Teacher PD Dollars Stretch Further With Technology
To the Editor:
The Jan. 27 article "In Other Countries, Teacher PD Is a Way of Life" covers new reports commissioned by the nonprofit National Center on Education and the Economy that indicate professional development is not meeting teachers' needs. But this isn't surprising information. Decades of research have already urged us to implement something different.
February 23, 2016
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Assessment Letter to the Editor Educator: Online PARCC Test Is 'Inefficient' and 'Unreliable'
To the Editor:
Kudos to Education Week for your investigation of the 2014-15 PARCC test scores that were disproportionately lower when taken online, compared with the paper test ("PARCC Scores Lower on Computer Exams"). What I did not see in your report was feedback from educators who actually took both versions of the test, as I did with several Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers practice tests last spring in English/language arts.
February 23, 2016
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
February 23, 2016
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Federal Presidential Candidates on Education: Election Guide
The major-party hopefuls still in the race as of last week boasted widely varied records and stances on K-12.
Alyson Klein, February 23, 2016
Science Report Roundup Study Finds Motivating Power in Scientists' Struggles
Reading about the personal and academic challenges of Albert Einstein or Marie Curie can prompt students to do better in science, researchers say.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, February 23, 2016
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teacher Preparation
While countries around the world provide support to boost their teachers' knowledge base, they vary significantly in how well they support educators' autonomy and professional growth, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 23, 2016
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English-Language Learners Report Roundup English-Language Learners
High schools with higher-than-average academic outcomes for English-language learners found that the schools share common design elements, including intentionally hiring immigrants and former ELLs, according to a Stanford University Graduate School of Education study.
Corey Mitchell, February 23, 2016
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School & District Management Report Roundup Rural Schools
Rural school districts must attempt to collaborate to mitigate rural challenges, such as high costs and shrinking educational opportunities, according to a recent report.
Jackie Mader, February 23, 2016
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Science Report Roundup Science Education
Most science teachers have an "insufficient grasp of the science" behind climate change that may hurt their teaching, finds a study in the February issue of the journal Science.
Liana Loewus, February 23, 2016
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Standards News in Brief Changes to Indiana State Testing Report Draw Ire
A draft version of a purportedly independent report summarizing an investigation into Indiana's new state standardized tests showed signs of possible political interference, setting off a war of words among state education leaders.
The Associated Press, February 23, 2016
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Stuart J. Udell
Stuart J. Udell
Education News in Brief Transitions
Stuart J. Udell has been named the CEO of the online education provider K12 Inc.
February 23, 2016
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Education Correction Correction
An article and accompanying caption in the Feb. 10, 2016, issue of Education Week about the Citizens Who Seek Educational Equity organization in Coatesville, Pa., incorrectly described Superintendent Cathy Taschner as its co-founder.
February 23, 2016
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Education Funding News in Brief Ill. Officials Seek Documents On Chicago District's Finances
The Illinois state board of education last week asked Chicago school officials to send over a trove of financial information as part of an investigation into the district's finances, local media reported.
Denisa R. Superville, February 23, 2016
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School & District Management News in Brief Utah Schools Chief Stepping Down
Utah's state superintendent, who criticized the idea of spending more money on education, stepped down last week after about a year in office.
The Associated Press, February 23, 2016
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Law & Courts News in Brief Louisiana Official Drops Fight To Pursue Common-Core Suit
Louisiana's attorney general has ended a political feud with the state's new governor over the Common Core State Standards, saying he agrees it is time to drop a lawsuit claiming that federal authorities were trying to force states to adopt the math and English standards.
The Associated Press, February 23, 2016
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