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Common-Core Testing Contracts Favor Big Vendors

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:55pm
Most of the biggest contracts being awarded by the two main consortia creating online assessments aligned to the standards are flowing to some familiar industry players.
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States Mixed on Waiver Leeway for Teacher Evaluations

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:53pm
More than a third of states with NCLB waivers say they’re interested in a federal offer to put off using student scores as part of teacher evaluations until the end of the school year.
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Steps Weighed on Method for Flagging Bias in Spec. Ed.

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:01pm
Federal officials face a split among advocates and educators on whether to set a bright line for states in deciding if minorities are overidentified for special education services.
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Five public and private schools in the Washington area receive top honor

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:01pm

Three public schools and two private schools in the Washington area have been selected as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Cashell Elementary School in Montgomery County, Haycock Elementary School in Fairfax County and Robert Goddard French Immersion Elementary/Middle School in Prince George’s County were among 287 public schools and 50 private schools across the country that received the honor for exemplary performance.

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K-12 Schools Need More Steve Jobs and Less Bill Gates

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:38pm
In spite of our tendency to revere the counsel of business leaders on public-policy issues, they don't always get it right, argues David Bernstein.
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Strauss: What is a STEM occupation?

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:24pm

A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau said that 74 percent of all people who hold bachelor’s degrees in the four STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — don’t have jobs in what are considered to be STEM occupations. So with a big national push to get young people to move into STEMS jobs, the question is: What is a STEM occupation?

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Strauss: Professor: Why I tell students to become teachers — even though the profession is under assault

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:15pm

Why, given the continuing assault on the teaching profession, would anyone suggest to young people that they consider becoming teachers? Here’s why, from Mark Naison, a professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African American History, urban history, and the history of sports. He is also a co-founder of the Badass Teachers Association, an organization formed to resist corporate school reform and school accountability” systems that rely on standardized test scores for high-stakes purposes. A version of this appeared on his With A Brooklyn Accent blog.

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D.C. teachers union makes no endorsement in mayor’s race

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:06pm

The Washington Teachers’ Union opted not to endorse a candidate for the mayor’s race, saying in a statement that the city’s teachers hope to work more closely with whomever wins.

Elizabeth Davis, president of the union which represents more than 4,500 teachers and other educators, said that during a lengthy process of interviewing candidates and polling members, no clear front-runner emerged.

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The Learning Network: What Objects Tell the Story of Your Life?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:51pm
Can you identify five or 10 objects that you would include in an exhibit or book about your life? Why did you select each of those objects?

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