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States make strides in collecting education data
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Although states have made strong progress increasing their capacity to build and use longitudinal data systems, they aren't yet helping educators, parents and other stakeholders use the data to inform decisions to improve student achievement, according to the Data Quality Campaign's seventh annual state analysis, Data for Action 2011. More states than ever — 36, up from zero in 2005 and 25 states in 2010 — have implemented all of DQC's 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, and 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have implemented eight or more. More

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Stopping sexual harassment in middle school
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The news that nearly half of students in seventh- through 12th-grade have experienced sexual harassment drew headlines around the nation, based on an online survey of nearly 2,000 students released by the American Association of University Women. Now a separate study has shown that building-wide posters, student-drawn maps of campus sexual harassment "danger zones," and student-created "personal boundary agreements" can go a long way to reducing peer-to-peer sexual harassment and dating violence — at little expense. More



STEAM: Experts make case for adding arts to STEM
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The acronym STEM has quickly taken hold in education policy circles, but some experts in the arts community and beyond suggest it may be missing another initial to make the combination still more powerful. The idea? Move from STEM to STEAM, with an A for the arts. Although it seems a stretch to imagine STEM will be replaced in education parlance, momentum appears to be mounting to explore ways that the intersection of the arts with the STEM fields can enhance student engagement and learning, and even help unlock creative thinking and innovation. More

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New calculation: Math in preschool
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Scores of preschool and kindergarten teachers across the city are embedding math concepts into daily classroom activities, in a promising new program that gives students a foundation for more complex math and logical-thinking skills in later grades. The Early Mathematics Education Project at Erikson Institute, a nonprofit graduate school in child development, has already trained about 300 Chicago preschool and kindergarten teachers at 150 schools, funded by grants from local foundations and Chicago Public Schools. More

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Schools add Internet etiquette, safety to coursework
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As more students spend large chunks of study and leisure time online, schools across the USA are adding coursework focused on privacy, cyberbullying and electronic plagiarism. Many schools not only are incorporating Internet safety into lesson plans but also shifting their focus from the pervasive "stranger danger" message typically given to young computer users. The idea, says Principal Chris Lehmann of Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy, is teaching students to be better "digital citizens." More

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Anti-Common-Core resolution advances in legislative group
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A package of model legislation opposing the common standards gained ground at the American Legislative Exchange Council. The organization's education task force approved the package, but it won't be final, or official ALEC policy, until it is approved by the organization's board of directors. No word yet on when there might be a decision on that. If the board approves it, the package is the sort of thing that would join other types of model legislation ALEC has crafted for states' use. More


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Rewards of role reversal: Teachers learn, students teach
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All too often, schools find that they've invested heavily in education technology only to see these tools unused or classroom instruction unchanged. That was one of the realizations of the Oak Hills Local School District, a tech-friendly district in Cincinnati. Even though the district had adopted an "anywhere, anytime, any device" policy, school officials found that technology simply wasn't being used all that frequently in the classroom. It was clear that a different level of support was necessary, beyond typical professional development. So the district devised a program to help teachers and students take full advantage of the tech resources by turning to an under-utilized but incredibly valuable resource: its students. More

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Report: Districts pay less in poor schools
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Education experts have long argued that a basic inequity in American schooling is that students in poor neighborhoods are frequently taught by low-paid rookie teachers who move on as they gain experience and rise up the salary scale. Until now, however, researchers lacked nationwide data to prove it. That changed when the Department of Education released a 78-page report. Its conclusion: Tens of thousands of schools serving low-income students are being shortchanged because districts spend fewer state and local dollars on teacher salaries in those schools than on salaries in schools serving higher-income students. More

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Initiative aims for 100,000 new STEM teachers
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A new national movement aims to increase the supply of math and science teachers and retain excellent teachers currently in U.S. classrooms by preparing 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next 10 years. Led by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Opportunity Equation, the NewSchools Venture Fund and the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the 100Kin10 initiative was sparked by President Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union speech, in which he called for an increase in the number and quality of science, technology, engineering and math teachers, and by the impending retirement of thousands of STEM teachers over the next few years. More

Student achievement: Should schools alone be held accountable?
The Hechinger Report via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What if schools didn't have to work alone to improve student achievement? That was the question we asked in a recent article about the miserable state of public education in Camden, N.J., one of the poorest cities in the country. Now, a study by Education Sector, a Washington, D.C.-based education policy think tank, delves further into the question of whether public schools should share responsibility for improving the academic outcomes of impoverished children. More

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'School Portrait,' short film, shows elementary students learning life lessons
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Ever wish you could go back to the days of elementary school when you were still blissfully ignorant of things like school tuition, mortgages and other adult concerns? Well, that's exactly what this film doesn't do. "School Portrait," a submission to the Virgin Media Shorts Film Competition from director Nick Scott and producer Michael Berliner tells the story of a school photographer who tries to give each child a vision of what their future will look like. More

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Obama's NCLB Waivers: Are they necessary or illegal?
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When the framers of the United States Constitution wrote that it is a duty of the chief executive to "take care" that the laws be faithfully executed, they can hardly have imagined a law so freighted with perverse and destructive consequences as No Child Left Behind. And if they had imagined any such thing, they would likely have assumed that the legislature would be quick to correct its work. More

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Civil rights officials issue more flexible rules on use of race in school assignments; admissions
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Federal civil rights officials said that school districts and colleges and universities may legally consider race when making decisions about school assignments, admissions and other programs that are designed to increase diversity and reduce racial isolation. The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education jointly released the new, more flexible guidelines that are meant to clear up confusion on how and when race can be considered in the wake of three earlier U.S. Supreme Court decisions. More

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Supreme Court rejects worship at public school appeal
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The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling that religious groups cannot use public schools facilities for worship services outside of normal school hours in a case about church-state separation. The justices refused to review the ruling by a U.S. appeals court that upheld a New York City Board of Education policy against religious worship at its schools. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Bronx Household of Faith, an evangelical Christian church. It wanted to use a local school for Sunday religious services, including singing of hymns, prayer and preaching from the Bible. More

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No Child Left Behind waivers require big changes fast
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When New Jersey applied to the federal government for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to tout elements of his education reform agenda that had been languishing in the state legislature for months. "For a new accountability system to be effective and successful in benefitting children, we must have all of the tools that are provided for in this legislation," the Republican governor said in a statement. More



Michigan 1st to develop emergency preparedness curriculum for schools
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The Michigan Department of Community Health announced it released the Emergency Preparedness Curriculum to teach children in first through 12th-grade about common hazards and disasters, and to help them develop emergency preparedness skills and safety habits. The curriculum was developed in partnership with the Michigan State Police and state Department of Education. More

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School uses yoga for physical education
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In a small room that doubles as a tiny school library, shoeless school children close their eyes and hum. Some wiggle their toes or wobble on one leg when their teacher models a stretch. Soft music plays on a stereo. "Let's be quiet. OK. Inhale. Exhale," said Melinda Stanislawczyk, a volunteer who teaches the once-a-week class. Students listen as Stanislawczyk explains that the deep-breathing relaxation techniques will help them before a test. More

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Volunteers wrap up school construction
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After a week of hard work and collaboration, Lifetouch Memory Mission volunteers have put the finishing touches on a new school for the village of Costanza in the Dominican Republic. Discover more about this incredible education journey with photos, videos and news stories. More

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