Archive for November 2013 - Page 3

    • Kentucky schools lead effort for better report cards

      (Ky.) Sometime soon, students attending selected sites in the Fayette County Public School system will bring home report cards vastly different from the ones their parents experienced as kids or even those of older siblings.

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    • School accountability update baffles CA’s Ed Board

      (Calif.) While it appears almost certain that the state’s elementary and middle schools will not be subjected to evaluation under the state’s Academic Performance Index for the next two years, the jury is still out on high schools following inaction by the state board on the issue last week.

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    • CA’s SBE struggles with LCFF implementation

      (Calif.) Enduring one of the longest public hearings in recent years, the California State Board of Education Thursday passed on until January a decision over regulatory options for governing the state’s new school funding formula.

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    • Report card shows a persistent national achievement gap

      (D.C.) Despite overall academic gains in math and reading by U.S. fourth and eighth graders, a stubborn achievement gap persists between the nation’s racial and ethnic groups, and the gap between poor students and their more well-off peers has widened slightly, according to results of the 2013 NAEP released Thursday.

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    • Study: QEIA schools benefit from teacher training, collaborations

      New research on the long-term impacts of California’s landmark 2006 funding program supporting 400 low-performing schools highlights the positive role smaller class size plays in student performance.

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    • Testing flap may impact state request for federal SIG waiver

      A California Board of Education request for a time extension to spend about $63 million in School Improvement Grant money could be complicated by the fact that approval must come from the same federal office that has threatened to withhold other funds over the state’s plan to suspend student testing next year.

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    • Study suggests focus on lowest performers hurts high achievers

      Education policies heavily focused on raising proficiency levels among America’s lowest-performing students have stalled the academic growth of a large percentage of bright, higher-achieving disadvantaged pupils, according to researchers at the University of Connecticut.

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    • Schools invited to weigh in on Obama’s ‘Promise Zones’ priority

      (D.C.)  The U.S. Department of Education is seeking stakeholder comment on a proposed system aimed at focusing financial resources on 20 “Promise Zones,” high-poverty communities throughout the country in which the federal agencies will partner and invest to create jobs, increase economic activity and improve educational opportunities and public safety.

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    • Inclusiveness becomes campus theme at Arizona high school homecoming

      (Ariz.) One of the overriding tenets of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the concept of “least restrictive environment,” which encourages that students with disabilities be included in general education activities and instruction as much as feasible.

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    • Contributions of Filipino Americans to be taught in schools

      (Calif.) In a national first, the role Filipino Americans played in the farm workers movement will become an official part of the K-12 social science curriculum under legislation signed late last month by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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