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Google Amends Terms for Scanning User Data

Education Week - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:33pm
With a federal lawsuit pending, and more scrutiny about its practices, Google updated its terms of service and privacy policies about how it uses private data.
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Schools Explore Benefits of Peer Counseling

Education Week - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:32pm
Recognizing the important role social and emotional factors can play in academic success, some schools are enlisting energetic students to mentor their peers.
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Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual'

Education Week - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:30pm
Twenty years after an article appeared in Teacher Magazine about the state of teacher education at one university, Ellis Hurd and Gary Weilbacher weigh in on where the program and teacher education stand today.
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Upsetting the Gentility That the South Lays Claim To

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:23pm
Two rancorous and still-evolving disputes involving race and sexual orientation have shaken the College of Charleston in recent months.
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School Stabbings Signal Need for Broad Safety Plans

Education Week - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:18pm
After a recent knife attack at a Pennsylvania high school, experts say educators should be prepared to respond to a range of potentially dangerous situations.
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For Challenged Readers, Custom-Tailored Texts

Education Week - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:43pm
Specialized texts serve older students reading many levels below their peers, but some ask how they jibe with requirements of the common core.
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Strauss: Here’s the very first SAT, from 1926. Can you pass it?

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:24pm

Below is the original SAT, from 1926, which you can read about in the post below this.

If you want to see it in a document form on which you can enlargen the test, click here.

Alas, the College Board couldn’t find the answer code.

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Strauss: What does the SAT measure? Aptitude? Achievement? Anything?

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:24pm

Back in the day, the day being June 23, 1926, the very first Scholastic Aptitude Test was given to some 8,000 young people, most of them male, who labored for three hours and 45 minutes on problems in nine areas: definitions, math problems, classification, artificial language, antonyms, number series, analogies, logical inference, and paragraph reading. (The post above this will have the test for you to try.) A week before they took the test, they were each given a packet filled with practice questions to familiarize themselves with the format and content of the exam. Even then, 88 years ago, folks knew the benefits of test prep!

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Motherlode Blog: The Pregnancy I Endured, and the One I Missed

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:08pm
I didn’t want to be pregnant, and at the time, I couldn’t enjoy it on any level. Now, watching friends anticipate birth, I want what I know what I missed.

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N.C. Districts, Teachers Sour on State's Anti-Tenure Law

Education Week - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:59pm
In return for abolishing tenure, lawmakers are making districts offer raises to a quarter of their teachers, a quota administrators' and teachers' associations are protesting.
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Debate That Divides: Answers on Affirmative Action Depend on How You Pose the Question

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:42pm
Using the phrases “special preferences” or “preferential treatment” in a survey tends to reduce support for the policy.
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Arne Duncan Vows Push on Range of Education Priorities

Education Week - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:33pm
Standards implementation, pre-K, and teacher preparation are high on the to-do list items for the U.S. Secretary of Education as the administration heads deeper into its final term.
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Motherlode Blog: Do You Want a Girl Toy or a Boy Toy? McDonald’s Says Workers Won’t Ask

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:32pm
McDonald’s gave one economist’s daughter a “girl toy” too many.
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NAEP Crafts Plans to Deploy Tablets for Testing

Education Week - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:29pm
The architects of one of the best-known gauges of student achievement—the National Assessment of Educational Progress—are preparing for a dramatic expansion of technology-based assessment.
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Strauss: A new setback for racial justice in college admissions

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:17pm

By upholding Michigan’s ban on the use of racial preferences in college and university admissions, the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday dealt a new blow to racial justice.

Technically the court ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2, a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions, is constitutional (a decision that overruled a lower court). The ballot initiative, challenged by a coalition of organizations supporting affirmative action barred students from lobbying schools to consider race as a factor in admissions. Of course athletes, donors and alumni are not banned from lobbying for special admissions access. That’s why Mark Rosenbaum, the American Civil Liberties Union attorney who argued the case, said in a statement:

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Motherlode Blog: Striving for School-Mom Perfection

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:45pm
As a child, I wished my mother could spend more time involved with my school and activities, but that’s not who she was. I hoped to do better, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like.

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Montgomery leader named superintendent of schools in Hartford, Conn.

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:41pm

One of Montgomery County’s top school leaders has been named superintendent of schools in Hartford, Conn.

The Hartford board of education voted 8 to 1 Monday night to select Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, one of three deputy superintendents in Montgomery County, for the top job in Hartford, according to Hartford schools spokesman David Medina.

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Sex education faces budget cuts in Loudoun County

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:10pm

Budget cuts being considered by the Loudoun County School Board this week are far-reaching. They could affect class size, foreign language offerings and the availability of full-day kindergarten.

They could also affect sex education.

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