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Strauss: Reformers lose one to a veteran teacher

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:55am

There’s a new piece on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog with this headline: “ Vergara vs. California: Are the top 0.1% buying their version of education reform?” Anybody paying attention to school “reform” knows that the answer to that question is that some folks in that group are trying their best. But they don’t always win. They didn’t in a highly contested Democratic primary race for a seat on Colorado’s state Board of Education.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Building Blocks of Vocabulary

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:50am
Test your knowledge of vocabulary and its foundations by playing our crossword.






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Strauss: Is this really how we should test reading development in kids?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 5:01am

DIBELS, or Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills,  is a set of procedures and measures developed at the University of Oregon for assessing literacy development in students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The DIBELS website says that the measures — one-minute fluency exercises — were “specifically designed to assess the five early literacy components: Phonological Awareness, Alphabetic Principle, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Fluency with Connected Text,” but critics say its validity is very weak. (Here’s an extensive critique.) Nonetheless, DIBELS has become widely used in schools around the country since 2001 — reaching some 2 million children a year. In this post, Rachael Gabriel,  an assistant professor of reading education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, write about continuing problems with DIBELS and how struggling readers are affected.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Cool at 13, Adrift at 23

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:49am
What does a study show about what happened to risk-taking, socially precocious 13-year-olds in later years?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | satirical

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 312 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Motherlode Blog: Read to a Tiny Baby? Yes

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:14pm
The American Academy of Pediatrics now advises doctors to recommend reading to infants, and for good reason. Reading is a habit best formed early.






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De Blasio Offers Easier Access to City Money for Special Education

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 8:38pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a series of changes to make it easier for special-needs students in New York to receive private schooling at public expense.
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Shift in Law on Disability and Students Shows Lapses

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 7:55pm
The Education Department said that it would evaluate growth in students with disabilities over time and will compare their test scores with those of students not designated with special needs.






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Strauss: U.S. Education Department bailing out for-profit college chain

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 4:54pm

The U.S. Education Department just announced an agreement — or, rather, a bailout — with for-profit Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which would keep open the chain of more than 90 schools that has been investigated repeatedly by government entities for issues including false advertising and high dropout rates. It even was found to have paid companies to hire its graduates temporarily to boost its job placement rates.

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Prince George’s libraries offering free lunch to students

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 4:26pm

Grab a book and get a meal.

The Prince George’s Memorial Library System is providing free lunch to children who might otherwise go hungry during the summer because they depend on free and reduced-price lunches during the school year.

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Motherlode Blog: Sperm Donation Puts a New Layer on an Old Friendship

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:30pm
Becoming the sperm donor for my friend and her wife is changing our friendship, but we’re learning (the hard way) that it’s strong enough to hold.






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Ed Dept. issues new special ed rules

Education Week - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:29pm
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Strauss: Better ways to use millions of dollars now spent on testing

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:16pm

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent by states and school districts on standardized tests every year, money that could be used for purposes far more helpful in improving student achievement. What are those purposes? Here are some suggestions, from Jim Arnold and Peter Smagorinsky. Jim Arnold recently retired from the superintendent’s position of the Pelham City Schools in Georgia and he blogs at drjamesarnold.com. Peter Smagorinsky is Distinguished Research  Professor of English Education at the University of Georgia. His essays are archived here.

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Garza unveils new hires in Fairfax schools leadership team

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:24am

Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza has announced a slew of new hires as part of her organizational shake-up of the administration that will take effect July 1.

The hires include five new “executive principals” who will serve as deputies to the assistant superintendents leading the recently created “regions” that will divide the county’s 196 schools, replacing the old eight clusters. Garza also created two new executive principals for school improvement, who will focus on student achievement in schools with lagging performance.

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