State legislatures this year have seen an uptick in bills concerning teachers' evaluations, school accountability systems and educational assessments -- related to plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act -- according to data from the National Conference of State Legislators. That includes in Maryland, where lawmakers voted to place limits on testing.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has 300 days to submit a report on the federal government's role in education policy. The directive comes under an executive order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump's proposed elimination of Title II funding, which supports professional development, has drawn concern from some. Eric Hanushek, with the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, says that, rather than eliminating the funds, states and district could find ways to use them more effectively.
A new accountability system adopted this week by the Arizona State Board of Education will use an A-F scale to rate K-12 schools. Under the system, there will be separate rubrics for elementary and high schools, and both will be tied to state test results, plus other factors such as absenteeism in the elementary schools and college and career readiness in the high schools.
The overall performance of eighth-graders participating in a national assessment of their understanding of music and visual arts largely has remained flat since 2008, according to data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. However, data show a narrowing achievement gap in these subject areas between some student groups.
Educators and researchers may be "perpetuating racism in schools" that negatively affects math performance, asserts Dan Battey of Rutgers University. Battey, who co-authored a paper on the topic, focuses on how racial bias about math performance can shape expectations and interactions.
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NASBE's New Member Institute will take place June 9-10, 2017. One of NASBE's more popular professional development events, the New Member Institute helps new state board members learn what it takes to be a successful and productive member of their state board of education, build the skills they need to do the job, discuss common policy concerns and issues and real-world examples of how state boards of education are successfully addressing them, establish working relationships with their colleagues from across the country, and gain an understanding of NASBE's resources and how the organization can help them in their important work. Additionally, NASBE member states may send two representatives (including state executives) to the New Member Institute for free. Space is limited -- register today!
Nominations open: 2018 NASBE Board of Directors and 2017 Annual Awards
NASBE is accepting nominations for its 2018 Board of Directors. Please read the guidelines for nominating a colleague to NASBE's Board of Directors. Additionally, NASBE seeks nominations for its 2017 Annual Awards. Each year, NASBE recognizes distinguished leaders for their contributions to improving education for all children. Awards include "Policy Leader of the Year," "Friend of Education," "Distinguished Service," and the "David A. Kysilko Award." Members may nominate men and women for each of these awards. Winners will be nationally recognized at NASBE's Annual Conference held in the fall. The deadline for all board nominations and award submissions is May 25, 2017. Learn more about each award and nominating process on NASBE's website.