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Strauss: The real story behind drop in scores on N.Y. Regents exams

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 5:01am

Two educators in New York did an analysis of scores on the June 2013 New York State Regents exams and found something  interesting that somehow never made it into news stories, including a recent “exclusive” by one New York City newspaper. Read about it what it was below in the post by Carol Burris and John Murphy. Burris, the award-winning principal of  South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District,  has been chronicling the flawed implementation of school reform and the Common Core State Standards in a series of posts on this blog (here, and here and here and here and here, for example).  Murphy is the assistant principal of South Side High School in charge of the school’s English department.

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Strauss: Three innovative ways to address mental health issues

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 4:02am

With every new traumatic shooting that rivets the nation’s attention, mental health becomes a hot topic for debate for a short while before dying down until the next disaster. In an attempt to move the dialogue into action, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, and the Cigna Foundation are hosting an all-day forum on Wednesday, June 4, at George Washington University titled  “It’s Time to Take Action: Innovative Community Approaches to Children’s Mental Health.” You can learn more here,  and read the following post, which details steps that will move the mental health debate from dialogue to action. It was written by Mary Giliberti and Stuart Lustig. Giliberti is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Lustig is the lead medical director for child and adolescent care for Cigna Behavioral Health and associate clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | pliable

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 42 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Schools get road map for improving discipline practices

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:01am

A national report described as a first-of-its-kind road map for improving discipline practices in U.S. public schools was released Tuesday, with 60 recommendations intended to help schools reduce suspensions and create better learning conditions.

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The Appraisal: Seeking to Expand an Uptown Site, N.Y.U. Finds Itself in an Alley Fight

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:05pm
The university’s attempt to connect two uptown buildings with a 10-foot-long passageway has been met with resistance.






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Prince George’s schools mark one year under new governance structure

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 6:10pm

Since Maryland lawmakers gave Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) unprecedented power over the state’s second-largest school system last year, the district has hired a new superintendent, gained six new school board members and started to slowly work on reforms to reinvent itself.

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Strauss: How much do Oklahoma legislators hate the Common Core? This much.

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:53pm

It’s one thing to critique the Common Core State Standards. It’s another thing entirely to do what the Oklahoma legislature has done: pass a bill that not only stops schools from using the standards but also insists that new state standards are carefully compared to the Core to make sure there is no resemblance. That’s part of a bill known as HB 3399, which is now in the hands of Gov. Mary Fallin, who has this week to decide whether to sign it or kill it — either by vetoing it or or not signing it into law.

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D.C. officials allege improper diversion of charter funds

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:41pm

Kent Amos, founder of one of the oldest and largest D.C. charter school networks, allegedly funneled millions of school dollars to a for-profit management company he owns, according to a legal complaint filed Monday by D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan.

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The Learning Network: The Winners of Our Fifth Annual Found Poetry Contest

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:14pm
Eleven winners, 14 runners up, and 25 honorable mentions: the best found poems of the nearly 2,000 we received. Congratulations, poets, and thank you, teachers!






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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:44pm
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | May 27-June 2, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:43pm
See how much you know about the 10 news stories in this quiz. To find the answers, click each blank and you’ll be taken to the original Times article from which the excerpt came.






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Computers 'Read' Students' Faces to Measure Engagement

Education Week - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:40pm
New technology has the potential to provide educators with feedback on how students are responding to instruction.
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New Character Report Cards Rate Students on 'Grit'

Education Week - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:40pm
The KIPP charter school network and other schools are testing student report cards designed to measure key character traits.
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Video Game 'Stealth Assessments' Gauge Social Skills

Education Week - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:39pm
A handful of researchers across the country are perfecting video games that can unobtrusively measure noncognitive skills—like persistence and 'grit'—in students.
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Data Mining Opens Window on Student Engagement

Education Week - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:38pm
By gathering data on students' online behaviors in computerized education programs, researchers are getting clues on how students engage with them.
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Student Surveys Seen as Imperfect Engagement Measure

Education Week - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:37pm
More than 20 surveys purport to measure engagement in K-12 schools, but that doesn't mean they're widely used or useful.
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U.S. Graduation Rate Breaks 80 Percent

Education Week - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:32pm
Borrowing for the first time on the federal government's new method of calculating high school graduation rates, Education Week's annual Diplomas Count report notes that 81 percent of the class of 2012 graduated on time, although gaps remain among some racial and ethnic groups.
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Schools Prod Students Toward Diplomas With Tuition, Cash

Education Week - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:32pm
While a growing number of districts are using financial incentives to encourage students to go to college, experts caution that money alone won’t do the trick.
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