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July 19, 2018
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Ind. district uses LMS to support ESSA
School districts looking to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act should develop plans that can be supported by their learning management systems, writes Mike Jamerson, director of technology at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana. In this blog post, he says that about 90% of students interact daily with the district's LMS.
SmartBrief/Education (7/17) 
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Policy & Legislation
Nominee for CTE post is confirmed
Scott Stump, President Donald Trump's nominee for assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education, was confirmed Monday by the US Senate. Stump, an executive at learning services firm Vivayic, is expected to play a role in the consideration of updates to the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Inside Higher Ed (7/17) 
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Share of budget spending on children to decline
Share of budget spending on children to decline
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The share of federal dollars that support programs for children is expected to decline by about 27% over the next decade, according to a report published Wednesday by the Urban Institute. The report also finds that spending on education is expected to decline, but it projects a slight increase in spending on children's health and income security.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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State Board News
Utah education board revises test opt-out rules
The Utah State Board of Education will count students that opt out of tests as having taken but failed the tests to meet a federal mandate of 95% participation, after failing to secure a federal waiver from the requirement. Schools where many students opt out of tests now may see a drop in their overall performance rating.
The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (7/14) 
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Trends & Research
Study: Screen time may increase risk of ADHD symptoms
More frequent screen time may boost teens' risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms, according to a study of 2,587 10th-graders in Los Angeles in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Findings show that students who were high frequency users of seven or 14 digital media platforms studied were more than twice as likely to develop ADHD symptoms as students who didn't have a high frequency use rate of any of the online social activities.
National Public Radio (7/17) 
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Study considers effects of summer slide
Study considers effects of summer slide
Summer learning loss takes a greater toll on students' achievement in math and reading over time, according to an ongoing study by the Northwest Evaluation Association. The group studied the test scores of over 42,000 students from third to sixth grades and almost 40,000 students from fifth to eighth grades, and found that the summer slide causes students to make less academic progress during the school year.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/17) 
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State boards can increase access to a high-quality, well-rounded education
The Every Student Succeeds Act calls on states to take advantage of new opportunities to combat uneven access to quality instruction in the visual and performing arts; science, technology, engineering, and math; and world languages -- key components of a well-rounded education. A new set of NASBE publications showcases states that are advancing equitable access to quality instruction and experiences in these subjects.
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States can support a diverse ECE workforce for dual language learners
As the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of US classrooms for young children continues to increase, it is more important than ever for early childhood educators to be prepared to meet the needs of the one in three US children age 8 and under who are dual language learners. A new NASBE policy update urges state boards of education to adopt a vision for supporting young DLLs that includes developing the cultural and linguistic competence of the ECE workforce.
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