Archive for January 2016 - Page 2

    • Federal flexibility means cash for school intervention

      (Calif.) Buried deep inside the new federal Every Child Succeeds Act is language giving states an immense new resource for providing assistance and intervention to struggling schools. For California, it could be as much as $150 million.

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    • Study finds flaws in teacher performance observations

      (Penn.) As the components of teacher evaluations remain under debate among policy makers, a new study suggests the results of classroom observation may hinge more on the students’ capabilities than the teacher’s.

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    • ESSA does not erase participation rate mandate

      Much will change as the Every Student Succeeds Act matures but the 95 percent testing participation requirement remains firm and the federal Department of Education is making it clear it intends to enforce it.

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    • New laws require update of school sex ed programs

      (Calif.) If the data are accurate, many California districts have some work to do in order to comply with two new laws that significantly alter the content and delivery of sex education to middle- and high school students.

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    • ESSA will mean refocusing on assessment variables

      Thoroughly implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act will necessitate reminding and often re-prepping instructors, counselors and test coordinators to accommodate all students with disabilities as well as English Learners.

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    • States may inherit role of protector of student data

      (Wyo.) Lawmakers in Wyoming are set to become the first to adopt a new student data protection law since Congress decided in December not to rewrite the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act as part of its sweeping overhaul of the nation’s primary education law.

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    • A pathway to making career tech work

      (Calif.) Ninety percent of students completing Capistrano Unified School District’s dental assistant career education program are hired for jobs right out of high school.

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    • Aloha embrace of NGSS and its climate change message

      (Hawaii) In Hawaii – the nation’s least energy independent state – schools have not only embraced new national science standards and the idea that man is impacting the climate but they are also using the move to cleaner energy as a teachable moment for students.

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    • Search for special ed teachers goes national

      (Calif.) Recruitment efforts for special education positions – often the hardest jobs for schools to fill – have been forced to focus on out-of-state candidates as the shortage of teachers across California continues to loom.

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    • Ca’s accountability plan may prove a model to the nation

      (Calif.) Even in the absence of detailed guidance on how schools and states will transition to the newly reauthorized Every Student Succeeds Act, the California State Board of Education continued Wednesday to advance its new school accountability system with an eye toward making any forthcoming federal mandates fit its needs rather than the other way around.

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