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Strauss: A dissection of Common Core math test questions leaves educator ‘appalled’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 3:31pm

Many of the guest writers on this blog are opposed to the Common Core State Standards, not because they object to standards per se but they find fault with this particular set for one reason or another. This post was written by someone who supports the Core, but takes a critical look at New York State’s Common Core-aligned tests, specifically the eighth-grade math exam that was designed by Pearson. Grant Wiggins is the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” as well as numerous articles on education. A high school teacher for 14 years, he is the president of Authentic Education,  in Hopewell, New Jersey, which provides professional development and other services to schools aimed at improving student learning.  Wiggins gave me permission to republish this post, which first appeared on his blog, Granted, and…. It should be noted that these tests are different from the Common Core exams that are being developed by two multi-state consortia, known as PARCC and SBAC, and being given to students for the first time this school year, but educators have already raised concerns that those two assessments will not represent the “groundbreaking” next-generation exams that Education Secretary Arne Duncan had once said they would be.

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Common Core might be a hot topic on television now, but just wait

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 2:02pm

The Common Core Standards, a story I have long considered just for education wonks and education writers, has been appropriated by politicians and political writers. Is that fair? Journalists who cover presidential campaigns have a much higher profile and appear on television much more than we do. Should they be stealing our hottest topics?

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International Education: Chinese Students Lead Foreign Surge at U.S. Colleges

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 1:01pm
In 2013-14, American colleges enrolled a record 886,052 foreigners, an increase of 8 percent from the previous year. Chinese were almost 60 percent of the growth in foreign students.






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Motherlode Blog: Glossy Photo Cards, Highlighting Grief

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 8:59pm
This is not a campaign to end the photo card. But the year our daughter died, it would have been so much kinder to send something else.
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Opinion: Mishandling Rape

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 7:51pm
Colleges are seeing sexual assault where it doesn’t exist while letting dangerous men go free.






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The Texas Tribune: End of Texas School’s Book Ban Doesn’t Mark the Last Chapter

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 7:13pm
In September, complaints about content prompted Highland Park High School in Texas to pull seven books from the curriculum, creating an uproar that led to an about-face.
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U-Va.’s entrenched fraternity culture at tipping point

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 5:40pm

It’s hard to imagine a bigger fraternity booster than Paul Wright.

The 54-year-old Charlottesville real estate investor pledged a fraternity within weeks of arriving at the University of Virginia in 1978, and he has been a devoted Chi Psi man ever since. He serves on the group’s national board and was head of U-Va.’s fraternity alumni association. He’s even working to open a new fraternity chapter on campus next spring.

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Admissions: For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 2:36pm
Admission rates are misleading: It’s not that fewer students are accepted; it’s that applications have run riot.
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Social Studies Teacher | Noble Network of Charter Schools

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 7:58am
US - IL - Chicago, Be Noble. Teach Social Studies at Noble. Noble believes that it must provide an academic foundation that will prepare its students for future success in all endeavors. We’re looking for passi
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University of Virginia’s Image Suffers After Campus Rape Report

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:42pm
The governing board will meet Tuesday to discuss complaints that the university has for years mishandled reports of sexual assaults.






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A Conundrum for Saudis: Women at Work

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 9:31pm
A group of academics is joining the Saudi government in a project to lower the hurdles keeping women from becoming employed.
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Economic View: Even Among Harvard Graduates, Women Fall Short of Their Work Expectations

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 4:06pm
Both sexes have ambitious goals for their career and family life, a study finds, but entrenched factors seem to hold many women back.






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Amid Tumult, Michigan Football Aims to Reclaim Its Footing

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:37pm
Michigan must beat its biggest rival, Ohio State, on Saturday to become eligible to play in a bowl game, but the troubled program faces bigger challenges as the university’s sports culture is questioned.
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:14am
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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Contract Administrator 3 (7380U) #18999 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 6:13am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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Accountant II (7736U) #19000 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 6:13am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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Strauss: Bill Cosby’s alma mater cuts ties with besieged entertainer

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:56am

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where Bill Cosby was awarded a doctorate  more than 35 years ago, has asked him to resign as an honorary co-chair of  the school’s capital campaign. Cosby agreed to step down. The action comes after at least two other universities took action to sever ties with Cosby, who has been accused by numerous women of drugging and sexually assaulting them years ago. Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Cosby was awarded an honorary degree a decade ago, announced that it would no longer award a scholarship in Cosby’s name, and High Point University in North Carolina has removed him from its national board of advisers, the Boston Globe reported. Cosby was awarded a Ph.D. in education in 1977 at the the University of Massachusetts at Amherst school after completing his thesis titled “An Integration of the Visual Media Via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning.” The awarding of the doctorate  — through an unconventional  program for successful professionals who could earn credit through work — became controversial after a former member of his doctoral thesis committee wrote that Cosby did little course work toward his doctorate and was awarded credit for doing things such as appearing on Sesame Street. The besieged Cosby had been serving as an honorary co-chair of the university’s current $300 million fundraising campaign, but that relationship has now been severed.  Ed Blaguszewski, executive director of news and media relations for the university, sent the following statement in an e-mail late Thursday:

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In Arizona, a Textbook Fuels a Broader Dispute Over Sex Education

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:47pm
The board in Gilbert, Ariz., said two pages in a biology textbook that discuss sexually transmitted diseases and contraception violated a state law passed in 2012.






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Prince George’s Board of Education member wants external audit of special ed

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:35pm

Prince George’s County school board member Edward Burroughs III (District 8) wants to overhaul the school district’s Special Education Department and has proposed that the school system conduct an external audit to identify areas in need of improvement.

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Prince George’s school system investigating leak of workers’ personal data

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 5:44pm

The Prince George’s County school system is investigating how the personal information of thousands of its employees ended up in a report that was forwarded to personal e-mail addresses outside the system this month.

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