December 14, 2016
Education Week, Vol. 36, Issue 15
Every Student Succeeds Act Final ESSA Rules Flesh Out Accountability, Testing Details
New federal regulations cover areas such as school ratings and quality indicators, dealing with "consistently underperforming" groups of students, testing opt-outs, and more.
Teacher Preparation 17 Teacher-Prep. Programs Meet 'Tougher' Standards
Seventeen of 21 programs fully passed the first major test of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation's new accreditation standards.
Curriculum Practical Lessons on Multitiered Systems of Supports
In Michigan, the Ingham Intermediate school district’s experiences offer a road map to the costs and challenges of its multitiered system of supports model for academic and behavioral improvement.
Special Education Ask an Expert: Creating Multitiered Supports in Schools
Georgia school administrator John O'Connor answers readers' questions about implementing an RTI-like system of supports in their own school districts.
Special Education Ky. District Uses RTI-Like Approach on Social Skills
Martin County, Ky., is using a $1.5 million federal grant to unite its secondary schools in a push to create a better school climate.
Special Education College Board Expands Test Supports for Special Ed. Students, ELLs
Students with disabilities will find it easier next year to request accommodations on the SAT, the PSAT, and other tests the College Board runs.
Teaching Profession Mich. Senate Seeks to Stop Pensions for New Teachers
A Michigan Senate committee narrowly voted last week to close the pension system to new teachers and other school employees and to instead offer them only a 401(k)-style retirement plan, despite objections from Gov. Rick Snyder.
Every Student Succeeds Act Simulator Will Allow States to Track Progress for ESSA
A nonprofit organization has created a simple tool that it says will help states, and by extension local districts, know if they're on track for meeting accountability targets under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Teaching Profession N.C. Teacher Suspended for Stepping on Flag in Class
A North Carolina school board has upheld the 10-day suspension of a high school teacher who stepped on the American flag during a First Amendment lesson.
Federal Single-Sex Classes in Idaho Violate Title IX, Feds Say
Officials with the U.S. Department of Education said recently that an Idaho school district violated federal law when it segregated elementary students into single-sex classrooms.
School Climate & Safety Settlements in LAUSD Case Top $200M to Abuse Victims
The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached another settlement with former students who alleged they were sexually abused by a Miramonte Elementary School teacher, bringing the total payout in the case so far to over $200 million.
English-Language Learners Majority of English-Learners Born in U.S., Study Finds
The majority of English-language learners in U.S. K-12 schools were born in the United States, according to an analysis from the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.
Federal Annual Civil Rights Complaints to Ed. Dept. Double Since 2008
The number of annual complaints to the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights more than doubled since the start of President Barack Obama's administration, increasing from 6,364 in fiscal 2009 to 16,720 in fiscal 2016.
Federal Trump Suggests He's Open to Solutions for 'Dreamers'
President-elect Donald Trump says his administration will "work something out" for so-called Dreamers—young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children—but he did not offer specifics on a potential plan.
Special Education High Court Sets Date to Hear Special Education Case
The U.S. Supreme Court has set Jan. 11 as the date that it will hear a case revolving around the level of benefit that special education is supposed to provide to students with disabilities.