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As standardized testing grows, parents opt out
The Washington Post
A decade into the school accountability movement, pockets of resistance to standardized testing are sprouting up around the country, with parents and students opting out of the high-stakes tests used to evaluate schools and teachers. The opt-out movement is nascent but growing, propelled by parents, students and some educators using social media to swap tips on ways to spurn the tests.
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Memo warns of rampant cheating in Washington, DC, public schools
USA Today
District of Columbia Public Schools officials have long maintained that a 2011 test-cheating scandal that generated two government probes was limited to one elementary school. But a newly uncovered confidential memo warns as far back as January 2009 that educator cheating on 2008 standardized tests could have been widespread, with 191 teachers in 70 schools "implicated in possible testing infractions."
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Kids learn to listen while they chomp
NPR
School lunch is often synonymous with loud noise. Studies have shown the decibel level in some cafeterias is as high as a lawn mower. Every so often, though, students at Alice Terry Elementary School, southwest of Denver, are asked not to make any noise. Music teacher Ami Hall knew students here didn't have a lot of exposure to live instruments, so she started asking musicians to come in at lunch.
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Forget prepping for the test — we should be teaching tenacity, self-control
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In the last five to seven years, researchers and teachers across the country have begun to focus on qualities that may be more predictive of kids' long-term achievement, and more crucial to their well-being, than performance on standardized tests: traits such as grit, zest, self-control, curiosity and resilience.
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Instruction of students learning English bleak
The Associated Press via ABC News
Of all the challenges facing minority students and their schools, English learners are arguably the most disadvantaged. It's hard to find enough teachers who are qualified to instruct them, and there's little consistency in the programs used to educate them. The country is divided over the best way to educate them, with bilingual programs gathering steam but also provoking a sometimes heated debate with those who favor an English-only approach.
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Facing down catastrophe: Disaster planning for schools
THE Journal
Joe Annibale, superintendent of Union Beach School District, remembers getting the call on Oct. 29, 2012. The custodians reported to him that the lone school in the district — Memorial, which was the highest point in town and always served as the evacuation center in times of trouble — was taking on water. And not just water, Hurricane Sandy had engulfed this community of 6,245 people with a slushy cocktail of street runoff, sewage and salt water, like a scene "out of the Titanic," Annibale recounted.
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The importance of mobile learning in — and out of — the classroom
Edudemic
There has always been at least some sort of disconnect between how things are taught in a classroom and how things work in the "real world." In some cases, the disconnect is very distinct. It's interesting to take a look at some of the mobile trends highlighted in this handy infographic to see where education might best make use of mobile learning, since this is what our students will be working with when they enter the workforce.
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To truly improve learning, schools should stop trying so hard
TeachThought (commentary)
Wrinkles in policy arise as teachers strive to realize a vision for education that is, as things are, entirely impossible. No matter the starting literacy level, emotional intelligence, goals in life, family history, socioeconomic background, learning and thinking habits or academic ambition, the same result is expected of all students — an increasingly troublesome word stuffed full of connotation and implication: proficiency.
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Finding solutions for tech troubles in schools
MindShift
With the onset of the Common Core State Standards, which teachers are expected to implement next year, and the growth of blended learning, the role of digital resources both for instruction and assessment has come under close scrutiny. The quickly shifting landscape is leaving many IT directors worrying that they won’t be able to meet the demand for fast and reliable Internet service.
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Computer scientists create educational Java game
The Guardian
University of California, San Diego computer scientists have created an educational game geared to teach students from elementary to high school how to use the programming language Java. The concept of programming and its top-down and bottom-up approaches are becoming more important to students in today's technology-driven society, according to lead graduate students Sarah Esper and Stephen Foster.
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Narrowing the achievement gap with a psychological intervention
Scientific American
There is an academic achievement gap in the United States. Compared to their white peers, African-American and Latino American students earn lower grades and are more likely to drop out of school. Recently, a small intervention, aimed at easing the psychological burdens that impair minority performance, has been found to interrupt this downward trajectory, improving the performance of minority students and narrowing the achievement gap with long-lasting effects.
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This teacher's resignation letter says his profession 'no longer exists'
The Huffington Post
When Gerald Conti decided to retire from his teaching career after 27 years, he went out with a bang. His letter lays out why, after several decades, Conti believed he had to call it quits. Conti points the blame at legislators who "failed us by selling children out to private industries such as Pearson Education," a testing company. He argued the New York State United Teachers union failed its members by not mounting an effective campaign against standardized testing, and said there's now a "pervasive atmosphere of distrust" preventing teachers from developing their own tests and quizzes.
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Teach for America looks to grow rural school leaders
Education Week
The goal of the new Rural School Leaders Academy is to develop teachers in rural areas and put them on the path to school leadership. Only 17 percent of rural school districts have school leadership training programs, compared to 51.6 percent of city districts, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report.

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Survey finds rising job frustration among principals
Education Week
A new national survey finds that three out of four K-12 public school principals, regardless of the types of schools they work in, believe the job has become "too complex," and about a third say they are likely to go into a different occupation within next five years.

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Minorities in special education: Are they underrepresented?
Education Week
Among special education advocates, it's an article of faith that minority students are enrolled in special education in greater proportion than their white peers, and that this is a problem that needs fixing. But what if minorities are actually underenrolled in special education?

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Special education only sees small increase in Obama's proposed budget
Education Week
President Barack Obama released his proposed fiscal 2014 budget, and while there's a substantial boost in funding for early-childhood education programs, funding for special education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act would remain just about flat.
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13 states receive funding to turn around persistently lowest achieving schools
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 13 states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants program. Read more to find out which states received funding.
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No Child Left Behind gauge may end in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Adequate yearly progress has been the assessment measurement for schools and school districts in Pennsylvania since the enactment of the federal No Child Left Behind Law in January 2001. But this standard, known as AYP, will disappear if an application for a waiver submitted by the state Department of Education to the U.S. Department of Education is granted.
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Don't forget to vote!
NAESP
NAESP's election is now open. Eligible NAESP members will elect a new president-elect as well as directors for Zones 3, 4 and 6. Voting will be open through April 30. Electronic ballots are available on the NAESP website — but you will need to log in to access the ballot, which is members-only content. Visit the NAESP election page for candidate information and instructions for logging in.
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Webinar today: Common Core tools
NAESP
Join Margaret Millar from the Council of Chief State School Officers for a webinar on April 16. Millar will walk participants through a number of free resources on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Read more about this webinar on NAESP's webinar page and watch archived presentations on brain-based learning, school safety and more.
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