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Strauss: Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:00am

Sam Levin was a student when, in 2011, he founded the Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Massachusetts. He had thrown out an idea to administrations about allowing students to create a learning environment in which teachers serve as mentors and coaches while students post questions and design ways to answer them in unorthodox ways. The project started as a pilot and is now in several different schools. Levin graduated and went to Oxford University in England, where he is now a senior. Here’s a piece he wrote about what students really need in school.

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Strauss: Live online chat at 1 p.m. today

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:39am

I’ll be doing a live chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. today, so if you have any questions or comments about anything in education (or even marginally related), send them in here:

http://live.washingtonpost.com/the-answer-sheet-20140416.html#submit-question

Here’s a transcript of the first chat, and here is the transcript of last week’s.

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Auburn University Suspends Classes After Threat

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:31am
University officials said that they did not believe the threat, written in a campus restroom, was credible, but that they wanted to ease anxiety among students and parents.
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Tenn. Lawmakers Pass Free College Tuition Plan

Education Week - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:25am
Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.
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Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01am
The College Board plans to release many details of its revised test on Wednesday, including sample questions and explanations of the research and goals behind them.






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A few ‘SAT words,’ defined

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01am

So, we knew you were wondering. What are the definitions of those “SAT words”?

Here they are.

Obsequious: showing too great a willingness to serve or obey; fawning.

Enervation: the state of being deprived of strength, force, vigor.

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College Board releases preview of new SAT exam questions

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01am

Attention, high school freshmen. If you’re planning to take the SAT in two years, you probably won’t need to memorize the definitions of words like “obsequious,” “propinquity,” “enervation” or “lachrymose.”

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A Star Quarterback Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation<i class="icon dot-logo-icon hidden"></i>

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:21pm
An accusation against Jameis Winston, a marquee player for Florida State, did not prompt an in-depth inquiry by either the university or the police. By the time prosecutors got the case, it was nearly a year old.

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A Star Quarterback Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation<i class="icon dot-logo-icon hidden"></i>

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:21pm
An accusation against Jameis Winston, a marquee player for Florida State, did not prompt an in-depth inquiry by either the university or the police. By the time prosecutors got the case it was nearly a year old.
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Virginia Intermont College says merger collapses, raising questions about its future

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:41pm

A struggling liberal arts college in southwestern Virginia said Tuesday its plan to merge with a larger university in Florida has collapsed.

Virginia Intermont College, in Bristol near the Tennessee border, reported 378 students in the fall term — an enrollment decline of 35 percent since 2010. One of many small private colleges that have faced recruiting troubles in recent years, Virginia Intermont had said in January that it intended to join forces with Webber International University, based in Babson Park, Fla. A memorandum of understanding had called for the merger to take effect in July.

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States' Rollout of Common Core Goes Under the Microscope

Education Week - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:30pm
A variety of education groups and government officials alike assess the states' strengths and challenges in the early stages of common-core implementation.
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Options likely to remain open, but DCPS will not manage it

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:21pm

The District’s Options Public Charter School appears likely to continue operating at least through the end of the 2014-15 school year, but the city’s school system will not take over its management as previously hoped, D.C. government lawyers said in court Tuesday.

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Are Contracts to Blame for Teacher-Quality Gaps?

Education Week - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:09pm
Researchers are examining whether language in teacher contracts could be contributing to the teacher-quality gap between schools with large and small concentrations of minority students.
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Gifted Ed. Is Crucial, But the Label Isn't

Education Week - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:30pm
Giving students the educational challenges they are "ready and hungry" for is important, regardless of whether they have been designated as "gifted," five experts in the field write.
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Districts Cheer Kansas K-12 Aid Deal, Despite Uncertainties

Education Week - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:30pm
Funding changes will pour more money into Kansas schools in a bid to satisfy a state supreme court ruling on aid.
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Bipartisan Research Bill Rockets Through House Panel

Education Week - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:30pm
The House education committee gave unanimous backing to a measure making over the Institute of Education Sciences.
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Tests Balance Common Core, Those With Cognitive Issues

Education Week - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:29pm
Specialized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards are being field-tested for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
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Studies Offer Insights on Implementing Common Core

Education Week - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:29pm
At a national meeting of education researchers this month, scholars shared lessons learned so far from standards implementation in some states and districts.
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