Archive for November 2017 - Page 3

    • October revenues almost flat

      (Calif.) October revenues closed just under expectations, now the second month in a row where tax income was flat, adding to the bafflement among experts about when Wall Street profits will swear state coffers.

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    • SBE sidesteps critics, rolls back math score measures

      (Calif.) The state board of education moved Wednesday to adjust downward the scoring standards for math testing last spring that fell unexpectedly below the two prior years.

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    • Early GPA strong indicator of future academic success

      (Ill.) Freshman grade point average may be the best gauge of future student achievement and an important indicator of which children need extra support, according to a study from the University of Chicago.

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    • English learner performance remains key

      One of the remints of the No Child Left Behind Act is the need for districts and states to track the performance of English learners over time.

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    • Farmworker program gets big CTE grant

      (Calif.) A charter network that serves adults in several of the state’s farm working communities has been recommended to receive a $1.3 million state grant to support career technical education.

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    • Teacher turnover remains high in low-income districts

      (District of Columbia) Although teacher turnover has been an issue for districts throughout the United States in recent years, schools in high poverty neighborhoods and those that serve predominantly minority students continue to fare much worse, according to a report from the Learning Policy Institute.

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    • State mulls adjustment to how math scores are counted

      (Calif.) An unexpected dip in math scores across California has state officials considering adjustments to the new school accountability system that otherwise would tarnish many schools with failing grades.

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    • The Fitbit goes to gym class

      (Neb.) Just as activity trackers have become a potent salve for lethargic baby-boomers, the gen-Xers and millennials—the wearable exercise devices are changing the outlook for sedentary children in generation Z too at least at one school district in Lincoln.

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    • SWD in pre-K are protected under IDEA too

      Advisories from the U.S. Department of Education have repeatedly stressed the legal obligations of all schools to build inclusionary systems for students with disabilities at all levels—this includes pre-kindergarten.

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    • Michigan considers abolishing its state board

      (Mich.)  The Republican-led Legislature moved ahead last week on a long-shot plan to abolish the state board of education and put school policy controls into the hands of the governor.

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