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Strauss: What new Common Core test scores really show

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:00am

New York officials recently released the results of the state’s 2014 Common Core State Standards-aligned exams. In this post information award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School  in the Rockville Centre School District, explains what they mean. Burris has been writing about problems with the controversial school reform efforts in her state for some time on this blog. (You can read some of her work here, herehere,  here, and here.) She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010,  tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Music

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:32am
Test your knowledge of music by playing our crossword.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | revile

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in seven New York Times articles in the past year.

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Bowser opposes Gray’s school boundaries overhaul; Catania seeks delay

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:46pm

Mayoral candidate Muriel E. Bowser said Tuesday that she would undo newly adopted plans to redraw the District’s school boundaries, distancing herself from the education policies of the city’s current mayor and the schools chancellor she has vowed to keep on if elected.

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Despite Racial Disparity, Alumni Group Backs Test-Only Policy for Elite Schools

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:34pm
Very few black and Hispanic students attend New York City’s eight specialized high schools, which base admissions solely on the results of a standardized test.

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Brooklyn Teacher Accused of Sending Lewd Photo

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:19pm
A student saved an image she said she received from a teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School, who is charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor.

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District to lease four more school buildings to charters

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:08pm

The District is making four more surplus school buildings available for long-term lease by public charter schools this fall.

This is the third group of buildings to become available since early 2013, when Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) first announced a list of 16 buildings the city intended to release for short- or long-term lease.

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Parents Scramble for Pre-K Seats in Brooklyn District

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:37pm
In Brooklyn’s crowded District 15, 126 last-minute seats were made available in the former Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School building.

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Prince George’s schools open with expanded programs and new initiatives

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:29pm

Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III spent Tuesday watching their vision for Maryland’s second-largest school system come into sharper focus as schools opened their doors for the second year under a new governance structure.

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Montgomery school board members cleared of criminal misconduct in card use

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:23pm

Maryland state prosecutors have cleared Montgomery County school board members and staff of criminal wrongdoing related to their use of school system-funded credit cards, ending the criminal investigation into the board’s spending practices.

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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Winner, Week 9 | Adolescent Insecurities in the Age of YouTube

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:20pm
This week’s Summer Reading Contest received the most entries yet with 682 student responses. So congratulations, Kate W. As always, we also honor several runners-up and honorable mentions.

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Charter School Activists Suffer From Truth Deprivation

Education Week - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:01pm
The absence of evidence around charter school effectiveness hasn't shaken the devotees, including within the Obama administration, argues Gerald N. Tirozzi.
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Policy Stakes High as Parties Vie for Senate Control

Education Week - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:59pm
Partisan gridlock has stalled action on major education legislation in Congress, and analysts are split on how a GOP takeover would affect that.
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ACT Scores Virtually Unchanged, But Participation Is Up

Education Week - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:56pm
More students than ever are taking the college-entrance exam, including a record 57 percent of the 2014 high school graduating class.
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Women's Voices Lacking on School Boards

Education Week - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:34pm
Despite having relatively strong representation on school boards, women serving on those panels tend to yield to their male counterparts on policy decisions, according to a new book.
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Finn: Eight of the Toughest Challenges Schools Still Face

Education Week - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:30pm
In something of a farewell policy address, Chester E. Finn Jr. writes that American schools have made progress, but the public education governance structure is "obsolete."
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Companies Honing Tools to Survey Students About Teachers

Education Week - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:27pm
Over the coming months, high-profile players in the student-survey field plan to launch new efforts to improve the usefulness, and potentially lower the costs, of their survey instruments.
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Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12

Education Week - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:22pm
After decades of false starts and unkept promises, makers of virtual-reality technology could be ready to give students a new and potentially powerful way to learn.
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Polls Capture Public's Sour View of Common Core

Education Week - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:36pm
A pair of wide-ranging polls by PDK/Gallup and Education Next gauge sentiment on the common standards, testing, school funding, and other hot-button issues.
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