Category Archives: Hot Topics

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic – retention? Third-graders face new reading standard

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic – retention? Third-graders face new reading standard Tuesday, July 23, 2013 By JONATHAN REID Cronkite News Reading rules Beginning this year, a third-grader whose reading score “falls far below the third-grade level” on Arizona standardized tests will be held back for a year. Some aspects of the Move On When Reading law: Exceptions: [...]

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Should University Systems Be Graded, Too?

Should University Systems Be Graded, Too? By D. D. GUTTENPLAN Published: July 21, 2013 LONDON — Depending on whom you ask, a proposed new international testing system will either be the next big thing in higher education or a pointless, expensive rankings exercise that will be used to criticize faculty at hard-pressed colleges and universities. [...]

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Common Science Standards Get Thumbs Up From Wash. State Board

Common Science Standards Get Thumbs Up From Wash. State Board By Erik Robelen on July 16, 2013 1:32 PM The state board of education in Washington voted last week to recommend adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. The final decision rests with state Superintendent Randy Dorn, who has signaled strong support for the standards but has yet [...]

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Young Children’s Well-Being Is Rising

Young Children’s Well-Being Is Rising, Federal Indicators Suggest By Alyssa Morones on July 12, 2013 4:30 PM By guest blogger Alyssa Morones Children who experienced at least some early child care beyond their parents or relatives performed better in reading and math in kindergarten than those who were cared for only by relatives, according to a new federal [...]

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Earning Associate Degree Before Transferring to 4-Year College Has Advantage

Earning Associate Degree Before Transferring to 4-Year College Has Advantage By Caralee Adams on July 11, 2013 2:23 PM A new study out underscores the value of getting an associate degree, rather than just attending a community college, before transferring to a four-year university. It can increase the likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree, save students money, and [...]

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Strengths and Failings in America’s Career and Tech Education

July 11, 2013 Report Sees Strengths and Failings in America’s Career and Tech Education By Goldie Blumenstyk Washington Career- and technical-education programs offered by employers and colleges in the United States are diverse and decentralized, and those traits, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, are both their strength [...]

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Academic achievement gap is narrowing

Academic achievement gap is narrowing, new national data show By Lyndsey Layton, Published: June 27 E-mail the writer The nation’s 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds are posting better scores in math and reading tests than their counterparts did 40 years ago, and the achievement gap between white students and those of color still persists but is narrowing, according to new federal government [...]

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Preparing students for the workforce using real-world problem solving

What Works in Schools Is Real Work By Anthony Jackson on June 28, 2013 4:43 AM Today is the first day of Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning Conference featuring a plenary presentation by Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education. For those of you who can’t join us in NYC, we share with you his blog on [...]

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Why 20% Time is Good for Schools

JUNE 25, 2013 Photo credit: edublogger via flickr Have you ever met an adult who doesn’t really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing no visible passion for anything in the world? I’m sure that, [...]

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LEARN Act from U.S. Rep. Garrett Would “Return” K-12 Policy to States

LEARN Act from U.S. Rep. Garrett Would “Return” K-12 Policy to States By Andrew Ujifusa on June 19, 2013 4:21 PM The big federal news this week has been Sec. Arne Duncan’s announcement that his department is willing to allow states that have received No Child Left Behind waivers topostpone the use of student growth on state tests in [...]

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