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Common-Core Math Textbooks to Get Online Ratings

Education Week - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:01am
A new organization billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to align with the common-core standards.
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One-third of Virginia’s schools could lack full accreditation as standards toughen

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:47pm

Nearly one-third of Virginia’s public schools will not earn full accreditation this fall after reading and science scores dropped precipitously on state-mandated standardized tests, according to state education officials.

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Strauss: Blame the Common Core for Miley Cyrus, phones in toilets, and … everything else?

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:31pm
Who knew?! #ThanksCommonCore #CommonCore pic.twitter.com/E6CfRYOR8X

If you thought that “bullies, playground predators, or school violence” were the most dangerous things school children face, you are, according to the Family Research Council, missing the “spreading, hidden nightmare facing” millions of students as they start a new school year.

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Motherlode Blog: Harry Potter Casts a Spell for Tolerance

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:05pm
Students who read and discussed a scene from Harry Potter in which the cruel Draco Malfoy calls Hermione a “filthy little Mudblood,” and her friends react with outrage reported more positive feelings about immigrants.






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Eleven Montgomery high schools get new computer science offerings

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:54am

Computer science courses are expanding at 11 Montgomery County high schools from Clarksburg to Silver Spring in the coming school year as part of a new initiative to boost student understanding of what many see as a vital subject.

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Strauss: Scoring error on one SOL test question meant hundreds of Virginia students who failed really passed

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:59am

More than 500 students in Virginia just learned that their score on the Standards of Learning Civics & Economics test they took last spring rose when it was discovered that the answer to one question was incorrectly scored. For 224 students, getting credit for one more question meant the difference between failing the exam and passing.

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Motherlode Blog: Rent a Toy, Learn a Lesson

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:11am
What would children learn if we made them give away some of their favorite toys after a month? Maybe that ownership and appreciation aren’t linked.






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Strauss: No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:01am

No doubt you’ve heard this: ‘Third grade is the year when students go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’ The truth is not so clear-cut, as explained here by Joanne Yatvin,  a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University. She also writes books for teachers.

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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:30am
In honor of the 27th annual Shark Week, some history about how it all began — even though, according to one analysis, your chances of being bitten by a shark are much slimmer than your chances of being bitten by the Uruguay striker Luis Suárez.






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Girls in Little League World Series Become Less of a Novelty

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:30am
What stories about girls playing in the Little League World Series did you find interesting in the article?






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Strauss: Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:01am

Teachers have long been accustomed to “going along to get along” but increasingly are raising their voices to protest standardized test-based education reforms of the last decade that they see as harmful to students. In this post, Georgia teacher Ian Altman explains what he and his colleagues are really sick of hearing from reformers. Altman is an award-winning high school English teacher in Athens, where he has lived since 1993, as well as an advocate for teachers and students.  He has presented at several national conferences and published in the Journal of Language and Literacy Education. He won the 2014 University of Georgia College of Education Distinguished Alumni Crystal Apple Award as well as the 2012 University of Chicago Outstanding Educator award.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Women of Distinction

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:29am
Test your knowledge of women who have made significant contributions by playing our crossword.






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