March 23, 2016

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 25
College & Workforce Readiness State Testing: An Interactive Breakdown of 2015-16 Plans
Which states are giving PARCC, Smarter Balanced, SAT, or ACT? Which require exit exams? This interactive chart shows the results of a national survey of states' assessment programs in math and English/language arts for 2015-16.
Catherine Gewertz, March 24, 2016
Federal i3 Grants: Findings From the First Round
See a selection of some of the largest grants among the 2010 i3 grantees and what their evaluations have found so far.
March 22, 2016
Every Student Succeeds Act Social-Emotional Learning Would Benefit From Tech Innovations, Report Says
Educational technology can help students develop important social and emotional skills and character traits, concludes a report from the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group.
Benjamin Herold, March 22, 2016
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Science teacher Andrea Froburg, math teacher Jessica Cutliffe, and special educator Aimee Hall, from left to right, review a student’s file in a Building Assets-Reducing Risks meeting at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Noble is testing the BARR program with i3 funding.
Science teacher Andrea Froburg, math teacher Jessica Cutliffe, and special educator Aimee Hall, from left to right, review a student’s file in a Building Assets-Reducing Risks meeting at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Noble is testing the BARR program with i3 funding.
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Every Student Succeeds Act In Maine, Intervention Smooths 9th Graders' Paths
The Building Assets-Reducing Risks program now being tested in Maine is among a handful of promising ideas that started as federal i3 grants.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 22, 2016
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Central Surry High School junior Cesar Landeros, above, welds metal plates together during a class assignment at Surry Community College, in Dobson, N.C.
Central Surry High School junior Cesar Landeros, above, welds metal plates together during a class assignment at Surry Community College, in Dobson, N.C.
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College & Workforce Readiness Federal Grants Boost N.C.'s 'Early College' High School Push
Funds from the Investing in Innovation program have helped some rural high schools in North Carolina to ramp up their dual-enrollment efforts.
Alyson Klein, March 22, 2016
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A teacher keys in student data during a meeting of educators at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Noble High School is testing its Building Assets-Reducing Risks (BARR) program with i3 funding.
A teacher keys in student data during a meeting of educators at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Noble High School is testing its Building Assets-Reducing Risks (BARR) program with i3 funding.
Sarah Rice for Education Week
Every Student Succeeds Act Investing in Innovation: An Introduction to i3
The ins and outs of the main "innovation pipeline" for promising pre-K-12 programs, which received more than $1.3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education since 2009.
Alyson Klein & Sarah D. Sparks, March 22, 2016
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Families & the Community Gallup Student Poll Finds Engagement in School Dropping by Grade Level
A recent poll of nearly a million U.S. students concludes that schools need to work on building supports to keep students invested in their educations, especially as they advance in grades.
Ross Brenneman, March 22, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness State Solidarity Erodes on Common-Core Tests
An Education Week survey of every state finds that only 21 still plan to use the shared tests designed for the Common Core State Standards.
Catherine Gewertz, March 22, 2016
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Families & the Community ESSA May Offer Megaphone for Parent, Community Voices
Advocates for parent and community engagement see a chance to expand on their impact under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Andrew Ujifusa & Sarah Tully, March 22, 2016
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Law & Courts High Court Nominee's Judicial Record on Education Cases Sparse
Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland also has been a private lawyer, federal prosecutor, and Department of Justice official.
Mark Walsh, March 22, 2016
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Reading & Literacy Popular Writing Program Found to Yield Gains
A two-year experimental study of the National Writing Project shows that the program has a positive effect on teachers' instructional practices and their students' writing.
Liana Loewus, March 22, 2016
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Federal Opinion For State Leadership, the Common Core Is a Boon
As state leaders look ahead to ESSA implementation, the common standards offer key insight, writes Thomas J. Kane.
Thomas J. Kane, March 22, 2016
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Accountability Opinion The Fatal Flaw of Educational Assessment
Different education tests are built with different purposes. So why are we using them interchangeably? asks W. James Popham.
W. James Popham, March 22, 2016
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Early Childhood Opinion Early-Childhood-Development Research Is 'Unassailable'
Investing in a child's health and education, even before she is born, has lifelong benefits, writes Sarah Klaus.
Sarah Klaus, March 22, 2016
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Urgent Call to Replace Fear With Curiosity
Schools should teach students empathy to counter hate and disrupt violence, write Maya Soetoro-Ng and Alison Milofsky.
Maya Soetoro-Ng & Alison Milofsky, March 22, 2016
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Special Education Letter to the Editor Hillary Clinton's Proposed Autism Plan Supports Children and Caregivers
To the Editor:
I appreciate Hillary Clinton's recent vocal support of the autism community and her efforts to raise awareness and make autism a national campaign issue ("Hillary Clinton Unveils Proposals to Support Children With Autism"). My long history in the field makes me skeptical of any meaningful change—politicians have promised change before, but too little has been accomplished. It is far too easy to say what should be done. It is much more difficult to fund and deliver services and supports.
March 22, 2016
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Classroom Technology Letter to the Editor Overreliance on Computers Robs Classrooms of Personal Interactions
To the Editor:
I am currently a freshman in college, but when I was growing up, the style of learning I was most familiar with in school was what I would call traditional learning—that involving pencil, paper, and textbooks. In my last year of high school, Google Chromebooks were made available for students to use for the first time. It didn't take long for the students to adapt to the technology, but it was a hectic process for students and teachers alike, as teachers transferred all of their tests and assignments from print to online.
March 22, 2016
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Teacher Preparation Letter to the Editor Diversity Preparation Should Begin With Teacher-Training Admissions
To the Editor:
The Commentary by Corey Drake and Terry K. Flennaugh ("Increased Accountability of Teacher Prep Gives Equity the Back Seat") gave several reasons why current testing changes will not improve new teachers' abilities to cope with classroom diversity.
March 22, 2016
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Palestinian Teacher Wins Global Education Prize
Hanan Al Hroub, an author and teacher in Palestine, has won the 2nd annual Global Teaching Prize, sponsored by the Varkey Foundation.
Ross Brenneman, March 22, 2016
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Education News in Brief Segregationist Name Axed From School in Virginia
A Virginia district has decided to remove a prominent segregationist's name from a school, saying students should not be educated in a building named after a man who sought to shutter schools rather than integrate them.
The Associated Press, March 22, 2016
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School & District Management News in Brief N.Y.C. Expands Services For Limited-English Parents
Parents who speak little or no English now have around-the-clock access to interpretation services in about 200 languages in the New York City district.
Corey Mitchell, March 22, 2016
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Education Funding News in Brief Teachers Shortchanged On Bonuses in Idaho
Idaho lawmakers were upset to learn that nearly $17 million dedicated to giving teachers in leadership positions and assistants bonuses hasn't been distributed.
The Associated Press, March 22, 2016
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School & District Management News in Brief Cybersecurity Camps Offered To Virginia High Schoolers
Virginia high school students will get the chance to learn about the cybersecurity industry during the summer.
The Associated Press, March 22, 2016
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Families & the Community News in Brief Bill Seeks Paid Time Off For Students' Parents
A California lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require employers to give parents three paid days off a year to attend school-related activities.
Marva Hinton, March 22, 2016
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Law & Courts News in Brief Full Legislative Control Sought Over Ed. Funding
A proposal to amend Tennessee's constitution and leave the legislature with sole discretion over what it spends on public schools cleared a House panel last week after heated debate.
Tribune News Service, March 22, 2016
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Education Funding News in Brief Chicago District Sues Former Schools Chief
Chicago school officials are seeking more than $65 million in damages and penalties in a lawsuit against former district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and her co-defendants in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme.
Tribune News Service, March 22, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act News in Brief U.S. Senate Confirms John B. King Jr. as Secretary of Education
The U.S. Senate confirmed John B. King Jr. as the U.S. secretary of education by a vote of 49-40 last week.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 22, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief NCTM Issues Warning On Math Substitution
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has released a statement cautioning states and districts that allowing computer science courses to substitute for a high school math course could undermine students' math preparation.
Liana Loewus, March 22, 2016
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Charter Suspension Rates Show Unequal Treatment
Charter schools suspend students of color and those with disabilities at higher rates than their peers, a new analysis finds.
Evie Blad, March 22, 2016
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