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Ravitch: Standardized testing undermines teaching
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Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch was once an early advocate of No Child Left Behind, school vouchers and charter schools. In 2005, she wrote, "We should thank President George W. Bush and Congress for passing the No Child Left Behind Act. All this attention and focus is paying off for younger students, who are reading and solving mathematics problems better than their parents' generation." But four years later, Ravitch changed her mind. More

Educators rethink teacher training
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Over the past several decades, a debate has simmered over how to bring fresh talent into the nation's school systems. A variety of programs and models are being tried, but the jury is still out as to which will prove most effective in meeting the one measure that matters most: improving student achievement over the long term. More

'Bring your own device' catching on in schools
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Mobile devices now are found in the hands of most children, and school leaders are using that to their advantage by incorporating devices that students already own into classroom lessons and projects. Concerns remain about students who are unable to purchase or borrow a device for use in the classroom, but districts might find creative ways — such as asking local businesses or community organizations for help — to provide devices in such instances, advocates of the trend say. More

How schools can get better media coverage in the digital news ecosystem
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According to a new study by the Brookings Institution, Americans want more news coverage of their public schools. But to improve the media's coverage of public education, school leaders must learn how to navigate the new digital news ecosystem. Not surprisingly, given the federal policy shift in favor of performance pay for teachers, Americans say they want more information from the media about teacher effectiveness and student achievement. More

Early childhood education is economic imperative
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In mid-April, the National Association for the Education of Young Children celebrated the Week of the Young Child which aims to bring national focus on the importance of early childhood education. As our communities consider solutions for economic growth, education should rise to the top of the list. Early childhood education is an economic imperative with far reaching implications for our quality of life and competitiveness. Research shows disadvantaged children under age 6 are more likely to enter school with less developed skills. Should they enter first grade unprepared, they will rarely catch up. And the problem compounds. More

Bullying Prevention: Is Empathy the Key?

No school can be a great school unless students feel safe. Neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy.

Proposed rules guide states on managing student privacy
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Proposed changes to federal privacy rules likely to take effect this summer couldn't be more timely for education systems: They offer first-time guidance on managing student privacy in using longitudinal education data just as states and districts put the finishing touches on federally mandated data systems. More

Lawmakers reintroduce bill allowing states to opt out of NCLB
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So now there is a go-to piece of legislation for the "get the feds out of the business of K-12 education" crowd: The A-Plus Act. Introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., the measure would give states way more leeway in using federal funding and building systems for holding schools accountable for student achievement. More

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Educational sites provide ample fodder for plagiarism
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Paper mills and cheat sites are losing ground to social- and user-generated websites as sources of material for student papers, and Wikipedia rules above all others as a source for plagiarism. A third of matched content derives from online sites where people contribute and share content, while only 15 percent of content matches have ties to sites specifically promoting "academic dishonesty." More

Illinois Schools Implement Lexia, Improve

75% of kindergartners in Des Plaines, IL elementary school had no letter recognition. Lexia Reading software helped bring 88% up to speed by end of 1st grade.

Point of order delays contentious education policy bill
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A controversial measure that could mean sweeping changes for schools, teachers and students throughout Texas was temporarily derailed in the Texas House recently as an opponent used a parliamentary maneuver to delay it. House Bill 400 would ease class-size restrictions in earlier grades and allow schools to furlough teachers and reduce salaries or, as the bill's author, Rep. Rob Eissler put it, "allow our schools to operate more efficiently." More

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Indiana governor signs 'landmark' education bill
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Calling it a "landmark" moment, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a teacher-evaluation bill, surrounded by supporters — including a House Democrat who broke from her party leaders to back the legislation. Senate Bill 1 significantly changes the way Indiana public school teachers will be evaluated and ties their pay and promotion to how effective they are in the classroom. More

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Youngstown, Ohio schools lack consistency, report says
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The absence of critical thinking, communication and problem-solving in Youngstown, Ohio city schools curriculum makes it unlikely students will develop the same work readiness or higher-education skills as their suburban counterparts. "Becoming an independent and self-motivated learner, a creative problem-solver and an effective team player are essential to becoming a productive and contributing citizen of the 21st century," according to a report from EdFocus, East Palestine, one of the consultants contracted as part of the city schools' academic recovery plan. More


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Web seminars provide real-time opportunities to interrelate with content experts, educational leaders and practicing principals around current issues. NAESP provides this setting to bring together principals from locations around the country to participate in these online learning programs. More

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Study shows BULLYING reduced 41%

Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago just released findings from a randomized-control trial in 14 schools in Chicago. Schools using the Positive Action program from 3rd to 5th grade reduced bullying by 41%, violence by 37% and substance use by 31%. Academic effects will be released soon.
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