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Revisions to the SAT college admissions test follow years of gains for rival ACT exam

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:49pm

Anthony Simon’s experience with college admissions testing might shed light on why the College Board this week announced big revisions to its SAT exam, and why the rival ACT has become the most popular admission test in the country.

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Need for Full-Day Kindergarten Is Lost in Pre-K Debate, Critics Say

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 9:02pm
Amid the push to expand full-day preschool in New York, some parents say kindergartners who are in school for only a few hours a day are being overlooked.
    
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News Analysis: Then and Now, a Test That Aims to Neutralize Advantages of the Privileged

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 9:02pm
The people who first designed the SAT decades ago wanted to identify a new elite based on brains rather than heredity, not necessarily to expand access to college.
    





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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Save Us From the SAT

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 7:28pm
The SAT is a mind-numbing, stress-inducing ritual of torture.
    





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Strauss: ‘The drive to test, test, and re-test’ leads famous school board member to quit

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:32pm

Rick Roach, who is completing his fifth four-year term representing District 3 on the Board of Education in Orange County, Fla, may well be the most famous local school board member in the country. In 2011, he made national news when he took a test with questions used on standardized tests given to students in Florida and flunked, becoming a vocal critic of high-stakes standardized tests. Last year he became alarmed that the state was forcing severely disabled students to take alternative versions of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and helped publicize the plight of a boy named Michael, who was born with only a brain stem and not a full brain with cognitive ability. Michael, was also blind and bound to a wheelchair, was still required to take a state standardized test last year (and will have to take another one this year).

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The Learning Network: Serious Silliness: High School Reading and Writing Inspired by Dr. Seuss

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:21pm
Despite his success, Dr. Seuss’ work is not a staple of high school curriculum. In this lesson, we suggest some places for the cat in the hat, green eggs and ham, and Horton in secondary schools as well.
    





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Strauss: Why a ‘Student Privacy Bill of Rights’ is desperately needed

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 4:31pm

The growing use of technology has allowed for the collection of mass amounts of data on students. Control over personal information has been lost by students and the risks to student privacy have risen dramatically. In this post, Khaliah Barnes, director of the Student Privacy Project and administrative law counsel for the non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center, lays out a Student Privacy Bill of Rights that gives back to students control over information about their lives.

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Lecturer - Information Management - School of Information | University of California

Latest Job Postings - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:08pm
US - CA - Berkeley, Information Management Lecturer— Open Until Filled – Initial Review Date 4/15/14 The School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for a pool of
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Lecturer - Data Science - School of Information | University of California

Latest Job Postings - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:56pm
US - CA - Berkeley, Data Science Lecturer— Open Until Filled – Initial Review Date 4/15/14 The School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for a pool of part-time
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Prince William may add three days to school year to make up for snow days

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:47pm

The Prince William School Board is considering a plan to add three days to the end of the school year, an effort to dig out of a deep, snow-day induced instructional hole.

The suburban district closed schools Monday and Tuesday, bringing the total number of snow days to 12 this school year, twice as many as last year. Schools opened with a two-hour delay Wednesday.

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Strauss: Grieving mom takes on state education commissioner over testing disabled students

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 1:42pm

I recently wrote about a bizarre open letter to teachers that Education Commissioner Pam Stewart released that accused people who want a change in standardized testing requirements for severely disabled students of launching a political attack on the department. Stewart’s missive followed testimony before the Board of Education by an Orange County, Fla., mother named Andrea Rediske who had waged a long battle with the department over a requirement that her severely brain-damaged and blind son, Ethan, who also suffered from cerebral palsy, take an alternative version of the state-mandated Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Rediske fought for a test waiver for her son last year and won, but recently, while he lay dying in a hospital, she was required to fill out paperwork proving that Ethan could not take a new standardized test this year. Ethan passed away on Feb. 7, at home with his parents at his side. There is now a bill called the Ethan Rediske Act in the Florida legislature that would make it easier for families to obtain test waivers by allowing local authorities to exempt disabled students from taking these high-stakes exams rather than continuing the current lengthy process that involves state officials.

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De Blasio, in Radio Interview, Defends His Position on Charter Schools

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 1:33pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the hip-hop station Hot 97 on Thursday, arguing that his policies on New York City charter schools were being distorted.
    
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The Learning Network Blog: Poetry Pairing | ‘There Are Birds Here’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 1:06pm
The poem “There Are Birds Here” by Jamaal May and the article “A Picture of Detroit Ruin, Street by Forlorn Street” by Monica Davey appear in this poetry pairing.
    





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