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Upset By School Closings
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Jan 30, 5:51 AM:

Protestors gather outside US DOE pushing for stop to school closings nationwide. Budget shortfalls, competition from charters cited as reasons for closures. Told little research exists on impact closings have on achievement, but >

Changing DC Grad Requirements
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Jan 25, 6:53 AM:

Board wants to increase PE, art, & music requirements. Concern rules would take away time for AP classes or extra help. Zero here on rationale behind proposal that's likely a result of recently released graduation rates.  >

Controversy Over Student Achievement
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Jan 25, 6:28 AM:

Changes to the way PA dept looks at charter data stirs controversy. Ignores debate about new data system, but focuses on series of events leading up to new measurements.

Growth And Gaps In Durham
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Jan 24, 4:59 PM:

NC schools noting some progress, but still behind on key issues. Graduation rates increasing, but reading levels still lagging behind. No mention of specifics as to what is the plan of action to correct course.

Grad Rates Just One Measure
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Jan 22, 6:30 AM:

National graduation rate is highest its been in 40 yrs. Lots of attention on formula changes, progress among demographic groups. Slight mention of economic impact, but nothing about global competitiveness or how quality of degree >

Graduation Uptick
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Jan 22, 6:21 AM:

National grad rate of 78.2% up about 3% from last year, but U.S. competitiveness still a concern. Offers explanations for uptick while emphasizing economic importance of graduating. Can't forget quality of degree, not just act of >

Common Core v. Indiana Standards
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Jan 17, 7:49 AM:

A state hearing on whether or not to keep the Common Core would have been a great opportunity to explore if the opponents of the new national standards are right about Indiana' s standards being better and providing insights into >

Common Core Questions
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Jan 15, 7:31 PM:

State senator wants IN to not use national Common Core Standards. He feels, as many opponents do, that original state benchmarks were higher. No explanation of whether or state standards were higher but both sides in debate are >

WVA’s New Gov on Reform
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Jan 15, 7:17 AM:

EIther Gov Tomblin didn't know what else the state has discussed to improve schools or he just didn't mention it, but he made education a priority at least, it was caught by the press and this suggests the Charleston Daily will >

Rethinking #1 Rating
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Jan 10, 6:06 AM:

MD rated number one again in Quality Counts report. But ratings include factors like school funding and teacher support. Doesn't it make more sense to rate states according to their outputs, not inputs? At least recognition here >

Grading Schools On Outputs
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Jan 10, 5:50 AM:

Parents of "well-regarded" Okla. school shocked by "C" grade from state. Explains states across nation starting to grade schools based on outputs, like progress among lowest performing students. Would've been perfect opportunity >

Deliver Results Or Shut Down
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Jan 9, 5:37 AM:

26 schools on NYC closure list prompts discussion of how much time a school should be given to prove itself. Union president points out only 6 of 24 schools saved last yr. (by union-prompted lawsuit) reappear on this year's list. >

Portland Plan Go Far Enough?
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Jan 8, 8:43 AM:

OR district looks to improve 63% graduation rate. Gist of report is raising expectations and finding programs that offer students best fit. But, all suggestions are within current system -- no pause to consider how reforms that >

Homework Turned Classwork
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Jan 8, 8:15 AM:

NM math teacher questions if homework truly effective, and allows class time for students to complete would-be homework problems. Biggest question is when kids learn techniques and fundamentals. Practice sounds a lot like flipped >

PR For TN Blob
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Jan 8, 8:14 AM:

Opposition in TN to StudentsFirst policy report hogs spotlight here. Critics say report is just tool to advance an agenda and what really matters are things like small class size. Too bad that's a tactic that's been tried and >

Goodbye Graduation Test
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Jan 7, 8:34 AM:

As part of its move to the common core, OH is among the states changing their testing regimes, moving to end-of-course tests based more on what kids are learning.  Limited view of the challenges that this state faces.

School Grants Yield Little Results
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Jan 7, 6:57 AM:

Sad story of only 7 out of 27 Paterson NJ third-graders who passed the state's reading test, despite an "infusion of milions of dollars in federal grants."  Yet school gets credited for minute gains without any real intensive >

New State Report Card
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Jan 7, 5:37 AM:

Another report card for states, as Students First releases its new policy report, heavily focussed on teacher quality measures.  No As, 12 F's, and many states have lots of work to do, but then, that's been clear for years and >

Math Excitement In Detroit
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Jan 3, 7:46 AM:

MI district uses Project SEED to get students excited about math. Program engages students, but untold of results elsewhere in nation. History of Project SEED put in context of U.S. students lagging globally.

Changing School Culture
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Jan 2, 8:10 AM:

Mixed results for turnarounds in NM district. Biggest impact is change in school culture, but difficult to measure. Left out of discussion is other turnaround methods and how long students have to wait for this turnaround method >

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