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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How a decade of testing made education ‘significantly’ better

The Washington Post – Jim Tankersley

“Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when public school years didn’t revolve around standardized tests. That time ended in 2002, when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law. The bill pushed states to set challenging metrics for student achievement, to test kids against those metrics and to take action against schools that didn’t push more and more students to clear the bar every year. By 2014, the law said, every schoolkid in America would need to show proficiency in reading and math.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Support for parents is the key to tackling pupil aggression in schools

The Guardian – Lucy Ward

“More than half of teachers face hostility in schools – from verbal insults to threats. It’s time to look at the cause of these problems rather than playing the blame game.” (more)

We don’t need state takeover of schools; we need greater school choice as in HOPE program

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Atlanta attorney Glenn Delk has 30 years of experience in education reform efforts, primarily in increasing options and choices for families and their children through charter schools, tuition tax-credit scholarships and other means.” (more)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Minneapolis Superintendent Bans Suspensions for Younger Children

Education News – Grace Smith

“Minneapolis has decided that suspending children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade for non-violent behavior is the wrong approach to discipine.” (more)

5 key steps to safeguarding student data

E-School News – Ray Ackerlund

“Understanding data can improve student performance and lead to greater productivity for administrators and teachers; here’s how to protect this information.” (more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Parents Think About Their Public Schools

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson

“If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. But Americans are a good deal more practical than that.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school, a new study shows.” (more)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Myth Of The Superstar Superintendent?

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“At corporations, leadership matters. A lot. Think of the impact of the late Steve Jobs at Apple or Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg today, to name a couple.” (more)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fairfax schools chief proposes later high school start times to improve teen health

The Washington Post – T. Rees Shapiro

“Schools Superintendent Karen Garza plans to push for later start times at Fairfax County high schools next year…Experts at Children’s National Medical Center helped school administrators design the new proposal, which they hope will benefit teens’ mental health and academic achievement.” (more)

Teachers, Researchers Praising Longer School Days

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Schools across the country are busy adjusting to a new year, and in some cases, a longer school day…A study out of Harvard University found that an additional 300 hours of instructional time and “high-dosage tutoring” led to increased academic achievements.” (more)