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Monday, January 12, 2015

Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evals

The Washington Post – Lyndsey Layton

“Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law Monday, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. Duncan spoke at Seaton Elementary, a high-poverty school in the District’s Shaw neighborhood. He was supposed to visit a classroom, but school was delayed by freezing rain and none of the mostly Latino and African American students were present.”(more)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Most Alabama Students Fall Short on Common-Core Test

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“The drumbeat has been getting louder as PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests get closer: Many students are expected to fall short of proficiency marks on those new, presumably tougher exams. But those kinds of sobering results are showing up on other common-core tests, as well. The ACT’s Aspire, designed to reflect the common core, has produced its first round of statewide results. In nearly every grade and both subjects, more than half of Alabama’s students fall below the cut points that connote being on track for success in college…”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seeds of learning: School uses garden to teach valuable lessons – Elizabeth Roberts

“A growing national movement incorporating gardening into the curriculum — and curriculum into the garden — is something of a passion for Principal Connor Sloan…Using the garden as a living classroom can do everything from broadening a student’s ability to connect the cycles and systems of nature to the sources of food to the nutritional connections between water and soil…It really helps infuse the process of inquiry, of asking questions, digging deeper…Studies have found that integrating gardening into the school day can boost test scores and student behavior.”(more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New York to Offer Job-Focused Tests as Graduation Option

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Under a new plan approved by the New York State Board of Regents, the state’s students will be able to use trade school exams to meet graduation requirements.” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

The Atlantic – Cody C. Delistraty

“…the benefits of speaking multiple languages extend past just having access to different words, concepts, metaphors, and frames. Multilingualism has a whole slew of incredible side effects: Multi-linguals tend to score better on standardized tests, especially in math, reading, and vocabulary; they are better at remembering lists or sequences…” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep.

The New York Times – Benedict Carey

“There is research suggesting that different kinds of sleep can aid different kinds of learning, and by teaching “sleep study skills,” we can let our teenagers enjoy the sense that they’re gaming the system…for any young student who wants to do better — in school, in sports, in music or even in the social whirl (yes, that’s learning too) — knowing the science of sleep will help them respect slumber for what it is: learning consolidation.” (more)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kindergarten-Readiness Tests Gain Ground

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“For 20 kindergartners at Parr’s Ridge Elementary School, the morning is packed with singing and dancing, playing an alphabet game with sticks, and cutting big oval shapes out of paper. And while these are typical classroom activities, many also double as something else: parts of an assessment…What’s happening here reflects a national surge of interest in better sizing up and serving children as they enter the K-12 school system.” (more)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Many Districts Lagging on Implementing Common Core, Survey Finds

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“With springtime testing for the common core only months away, nearly a third of district superintendents are still scrambling to put in place the curriculum and professional development necessary to teach the standards, according to survey results released Wednesday.” (more)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Will Common-Core Testing Platforms Impede Math Tasks?

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“As two state consortia work to finish new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, some mathematics experts say they’re worried that the computer-based testing platforms will hamper a key element of the exams: open-ended math-performance tasks that test students’ ability to apply their knowledge.” (more)

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)