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Math research reveals early-learning needs
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Numbers, counting and low-level arithmetic are three basic competencies that are vital to later success in math, and students should have these key math skills in first grade in order to be successful in math in fifth-grade, according to a long-term study released by psychologists at the University of Missouri. Researchers monitored 177 students from 12 different elementary schools from kindergarten to fifth-grade, and intend to continue monitoring them through high school. More

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Toward a competency-based learning system
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Policy workarounds like "seat-time waivers" won't be enough to replace traditional age-based grade level advancement in K-12 with a competency-based system. Rather, according to a new report, it will take a "comprehensive policy redesign" combined with sound technology practices, professional development and a broadly accepted, student-centered definition of competency-based learning to make that change a reality. More



Social, behavioral sciences left out of standards blueprint
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Last summer, 39 organizations banded together to issue a sharply worded letter protesting a draft framework for new national science standards. Their gripe? The absence of social and behavioral sciences as "core sciences" in the document. More



Florida's FCAT writing test about to get tougher
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Yes, kids, spelling counts. So does grammar, punctuation and the ability to make logical arguments backed up by relevant details. Oh, and forget about phrases such as "a potpourri of iridescent colors." No one wants to read "pretentious language" in student essays. The FCAT writing exam — the oldest and, by most measures, the easiest in Florida's testing arsenal — is to be graded on a tougher scale starting next year. More


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NAACP: Education key to improving the futures of black youth
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African American leaders say education is the key to lifting black men and youths out of lives of crime and unemployment. Panelists at the annual NAACP convention said that pushing more black youths to graduate high school and college will lead to dramatically lower rates of incarceration, recidivism and joblessness. More

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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.
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With No Child Left Behind overhaul stalled, more schools 'failing'
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As states tally their standardized test scores and graduation rates this summer, they are feeling the squeeze of the 2001 No Child Left Behind law, which Congress has failed to revamp since it came up for reauthorization in 2007. More

Report: How voucher landscape is widening
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A new review of voucher research over the past decade reveals that vouchers over all "do not have a strong effect on students' academic achievement" and that proponents have shifted their rhetoric away from academic impact and instead highlight parent choice and other issues. More



Duncan says schools are hurt by politics
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a stinging assessment of Iowa schools, saying they are "slouching toward mediocrity." Among the villains he cited in Iowa's slide from the top of the nation in education to the middle of the pack: complacency, low standards, clinging to the status quo — and politics. More

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Playground Liability: Accident or Injury

Injuries on school playgrounds are often found to be preventable through established rules and "active" supervision. How to supervise adequately is explored.
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Sen. Harkin: No specific target date now for ESEA
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A bit of ESEA history: First, the target date for a Senate markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was Easter. Then it was late spring. Now it's sometime this year. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, declined to be more specific about exactly when the Senate education committee would get around to marking up the very, very long-overdue ESEA reauthorization bill. More

Sen. Shelby questions education grant competition
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The "Race to the Top" program extends the reach of the federal government too far into states' public schools operations, a leading Republican senator said. The Obama administration also risks neglecting poorer states by moving toward competitive education funding, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the most powerful Republican on the Banking Committee, said at a hearing on education spending. More



Survey: Nearly 30 percent of Michigan teachers report pressure to cheat
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One out of three public school educators report pressure from bosses, parents or others to change grades, and nearly 30 percent say pressure to cheat on standardized tests is a problem at their school, according to a voluntary survey of Michigan educators. At schools that don't meet federal standards, the tension is higher: About 50 percent say pressure to change grades is an issue, and 46 percent say pressure to cheat on the tests is a problem. More

Implicated Atlanta school employees put on leave
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Atlanta Public Schools employees implicated in a widespread cheating scandal are getting notices that they've been put on paid administrative leave. The notices sent out to teachers and others are among the steps the district must take as it begins to sort through each employee's case. More

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Memphis, Tenn., school board approves deal to start class on time
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The Memphis, Tenn., Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a financial compromise deal to allow city schools to start on time on Aug. 8, averting a threatened delayed start. The board had previously angered parents and teachers in the school district, Tennessee's largest, when it threatened to delay the start of school indefinitely until it received $55 million in city funds. More

Fewer teachers get tenure in New York City schools
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New York City principals have rooted out their worst teachers as tenure numbers dipped to new lows. Only 58 percent of eligible teachers were granted tenure this year, and 39 percent were given extra year probation, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced. The tenure rate is up just 2 percent from four years ago, as the city has experimented with a remodeled teacher evaluation process for educators up for tenure. More



Help build a school in the Dominican Republic with NAESP and Lifetouch
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NAESP has partnered with Lifetouch to provide members the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Memory Mission. Apply today for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. More

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NAESP Radio: Solving the student cellphone dilemma
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Plug in or turn off? Students are more wired than ever — and many schools are struggling to keep up and adapt. In the latest edition of NAESP Radio, NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly and the Consortium of School Networking's Keith Krueger dissect the issue. 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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