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Strauss: Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:00pm
Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia given a total of some $360 million in federal funds to develop new exams that align with the Core standards. In this post, Talmage reports on what she found. Talmage has seven years of teaching experience in New York City and Maine, as well as a masters degree in urban education from Mercy College and a masters degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.Read full article >>






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Maryland begins to consider requests to waive school days lost to snow

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:44pm
Maryland officials will begin considering requests for waivers that would forgive school systems for canceling up to three days of classes during the winter’s snow and ice. The Maryland State Board of Education gave the go-ahead at its Tuesday meeting, saying that State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery could decide such requests on a case-by-case basis.Read full article >>






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GOP lawmaker: I’m short votes for No Child Left Behind rewrite

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:07pm
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), the chairman of the House education panel, said Tuesday that he is still a “handful” of votes short to pass his GOP bill to replace No Child Left Behind, the main federal education law. Read full article >>






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California charter schools vulnerable to fraud, report says

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:55pm
Journalists, auditors and other investigators have turned up more than $80 million in charter school fraud in California to date, according to a new report by a coalition of left-leaning organizations, which argues that lax oversight of the state’s charter schools is leaving taxpayer dollars vulnerable to abuse.Read full article >>






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Proposal would co-locate Rockville middle school and special ed school

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:54pm
Montgomery County’s interim superintendent is recommending that a Rockville-area middle school be jointly located with a special education school in a new facility that would allow students with disabilities more time in a regular school setting.Read full article >>






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U-Va. board considers tuition increase, and some worry it could be large

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:37pm
Tuition and fees for state residents attending the University of Virginia would rise 3.6 percent in the next school year under a proposal before the governing board of the flagship public university.The proposal, on the agenda of the Board of Visitors as it meets this week in Charlottesville, would set the in-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at $13,468. That would be up $470 from the current rate, $12,998.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Not my daughter: How one dad opted out his kindergartner from standardized testing

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:00am
Steven Singer is a veteran  Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Pennsylvania with a masters degree in education. He is also the dad of a kindergarten student, and education advocate and a member of the Education Bloggers Network. In the following piece, Singer explains what happened when he met with the principal of his daughter’s school and requested that she be opted out of taking standardized tests given to kindergartners.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The tower of PISA is badly leaning. An argument for why it should be saved.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:00am
The Program for International Student Assessment, better known in the education world as PISA, has come under fierce criticism in recent years. PISA is given every three years to 15-year-olds around the world in reading, math and science. PISA is influential in that many governments look at the scores as pronouncements on their education systems, though critics say the tests are flawed and the results should not be taken seriously. Last year, dozens of researchers and academics from around the world wrote an open letter to Andreas Schleicher, director of the Program of International Student Assessment, urging him to suspend administration of PISA until a new exam can be created. (You can read about that here.)Read full article >>






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Strauss: The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:00am
Larry Ferlazzo is a veteran teacher of English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written seven books on education — including a few on student motivation, and writes extensively on education issues, including authoring a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and maintaining a popular resource-sharing blog. His new book is titled “Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond ” published by Routledge. This piece is adapted from that book.Read full article >>






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Police find no evidence of alleged sexual assault at U-Va. fraternity

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 8:04pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — There is no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang-raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012, police said, noting that a five-month investigation led detectives to discredit numerous claims about the alleged assault.Read full article >>






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Debate over test security vs. student privacy rages in the age of social media

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:45pm
A New Jersey student’s tweet about a question on new Common Core tests was deleted after it was flagged by a testing company, spurring a national debate about how to balance children’s privacy with test security in the age of social media.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Elementary school teachers: How PARCC testing is affecting our classrooms

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:00pm
With the spring standardized testing season under way, we are hearing from a growing number of teachers, principals and even superintendents who are speaking out about the negative effects of high-stakes testing on teaching and learning.  For example, Steve Kramer,  superintendent of Madeira City Schools in Ohio, recently wrote an open letter about why he is “profoundly concerned” about new Common Core testing. The following post is an open letter signed by 20 teachers at Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham, Massachusetts, who detail how Common Core testing is affecting their classrooms.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Ted Cruz’s big mistake about Common Core

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:00pm
As anybody paying attention to the news today knows, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz became the first candidate, Democrat or Republican, to announce his intention to run for president in 2016. He did this in a speech at Liberty University in Virginia in which he made a series of negative statements about the federal government. For example, from the transcript (bold-face is mine):Read full article >>






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Sweet Briar needs $250 million to stay open. Alumnae try to pool assets.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:46pm
On the surface, at least, the cheerful gathering of Sweet Briar College graduates had all the trappings of an alumnae happy hour: name tags, hugs, introductions and bubbly recollections about the school that shaped who they have become.Read full article >>






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Charlottesville police find no evidence in U-Va. sexual assault case

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:15pm
(Updated: Police find no evidence of alleged sexual assault)CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — Police here say they have found no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012, noting that months of investigation led detectives to discredit several claims about the alleged assault.Read full article >>






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Montgomery’s minority achievement gap a focus at community forum

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:24pm
The message in Silver Spring was clear: As Montgomery County leaders search for a new school superintendent, they should look for someone committed to tackling achievement gaps by race and ethnicity in a district with a growing minority enrollment.Read full article >>






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When it does matter where you go to college

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 1:33pm
My post last week on a new book by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be,” generated hundreds of comments here and on Facebook. Many people agreed with Bruni, telling their own stories of attending less-selective colleges and turning out just fine. But lots of others mentioned the very real recruiting practices of a handful of blue-chip companies, especially on Wall Street and among consulting companies, that only look at graduates of elite schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Proposed student data privacy bill does little to protect privacy (update)

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:07pm
(Update: legislators did not introduce legislation on Monday as planned).Two U.S. legislators are set to introduce a bill in the House that they say is aimed at limiting the way education technology companies can use data that they collect about students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. It’s called the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, and its chief sponsors say it is meant to address a growing concern among students, parents and educators about the use of the oceans of data being collected about America’s young people. But a new analysis of the legislation, which you can read below, concludes that it doesn’t do much to protect the privacy of student data — and that it doesn’t stop the actual collection and mining of data by companies, which can use it to make money.Read full article >>






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Virginia’s Liberty University: A mega-college and Republican presidential stage

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:16am
Why has Liberty University become a stage of choice in Republican presidential politics?On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is expected to launch his bid for the White House from the university in Lynchburg, Va. Republican candidate Mitt Romney spoke about Judeo-Christian values at the campus during his 2012 campaign. In 2014, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a possible 2016 contender, spoke at Liberty’s commencement.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teachers sue when school district rejects requests to take off Good Friday

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:00am
Some Christian teachers in Rhode Island are suing their school district because they were denied the right to take off Good Friday.Nearly 200 teachers in Cranston Public Schools had requested the day off, as their collective bargaining contract allows them to request two days a year for religious reasons.  The district, which had to add six more snow days than originally planned for the year, refused the requests for instructional reasons, and noted in the denials that the contract specifies that “religious observance obligations require attendance at religious services held during the school day,” according to WPRI News. Many churches have services at different times of the day and evening on Good Friday.Read full article >>






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