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Report: Preschool enrollments decline

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:07am

Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs nationally declined for the first time in more than a decade, reflecting lingering effects of the economic downturn, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | brazen

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 222 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Pre-K Enrollment Dipped, Funding Rose in 2012-13, Report Says

Education Week - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:01am
The annual "State of Preschool Yearbook" says the enrollment decline wasn't enough to affect the overall percentage of children served in publicly funded programs.
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Research Detects Bias in Classroom Observations

Education Week - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:01am
Although the debate over teacher-evaluation systems is dominated by the use of test scores, a new Brookings Institution analysis finds flaws with the observation component.
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Studies Highlight Complexities of Using Value-Added Measures

Education Week - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:01am
As a number of states begin evaluating teachers' effectiveness based on changes in their students' test scores, academic research is raising more questions about such "value-added" models.
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Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:01am

In the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teachers received.

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Sexual orientation lessons could change in Montgomery

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:45pm

Montgomery County school officials could take a major step Tuesday toward updating the district’s teaching of sexual orientation, with proposals calling for introduction of the topic a year earlier in middle school and an end to scripted lessons with required phrasing.

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After Protests, I.M.F. Chief Withdraws as Smith College’s Commencement Speaker

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:36pm
The decision of Christine Lagarde comes soon after Condoleezza Rice, facing opposition, changed her mind about giving an address at Rutgers.






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Absences in Montgomery schools were high Easter Monday

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:31pm

On Easter Monday, when Montgomery County opened schools to make up for a snow day closing, many students didn’t make it to classes.

Nearly 20 percent of students were absent that day, schools officials said. In Maryland’s largest district, with 151,000 students, that means more than 30,000 seats were empty.

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One of the most powerful women in the world won’t speak at Smith College after protests

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 5:35pm

The commencement speaker purity bug has hit Smith College.

The Northampton, Mass., women’s college announced Monday that International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has withdrawn as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker due to faculty and student protests over the IMF’s policies.

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High-school students are now trading Twitter RTs for points on final exams

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:59pm
If we get 15,000 retweets we don’t have to take the chemistry final. pic.twitter.com/ofzNhIBkDy

Teenagers are forever gracing (cursing?) the Internet with their social media antics. But this time — welp! — their teachers are encouraging them.

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Strauss: 7 charts: Why you shouldn’t confuse correlation with causation

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:50pm

One of the problems with research of any kind, including and especially in education, is the problem of confusing correlation with causation. This sounds technical, but it really goes to the heart of the problem with research that confuses the first for the second. For example, a study may report that test scores rose after implementation of a specific academic program, and the conclusion could be made that the program helped. But the test scores could have risen for any other number of reasons, including kids eating better breakfasts or being tutored outside of school.

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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | May 6-12, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:30pm
Climate change, the N.F.L. draft, an entertainment trend and more: How many of the topics in this week’s news quiz have you been following?






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Motherlode Blog: When Kids Would Rather Play Computer Games Than Code Them

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:03pm
Coding is growing as a kids’ activity, but as trendy as it is, it’s not easy. Most children won’t seize on coding games with the same enthusiasm as they did Minecraft. To engage kids in what’s happening behind the screen takes work.






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N.M. students explore history via letters written in 1967 by 8th-graders

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
Eighth-graders at Hermosa Middle School in New Mexico recently took a trip back in time as they read letters written by peers -More
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Blended learning supports students' individual needs

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
More teachers nationwide have adopted blended learning -- an instructional method that, in some cases, allows them to flip th -More
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Utah 6th-graders build miniature castles for lessons on medieval history

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
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