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August 17, 2017
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Vt. officials to offer more details on ESSA plan
Vt. officials to offer more details on ESSA plan
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Education officials in Vermont say they will comply with a request from the US Department of Education to provide more information about how the state will measure student progress. The state wants to track progress over the years, instead of using only test data from single grades, state Education Deputy Secretary Amy Fowler says.
Vermont Public Radio (8/14) 
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ESSA feedback total includes 16 states, D.C.
ESSA feedback total includes 16 states, D.C.
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The US Department of Education has asked officials in Colorado to rework some parts of the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan. So far, 16 states and Washington, D.C., have received feedback on their plans.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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DeVos calls for end to "top-down" policies
DeVos calls for end to "top-down" policies
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in an interview said her goal is to end "top-down mandated approaches" to education. "We have seen decades of top-down mandated approaches that protect a system at the expense of individual students," she said. "I am for individual students. I want each of them to have an opportunity to go to a school that works for them."
The Associated Press (8/14) 
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Mo. education board approves ESSA plan
The Missouri State Board of Education has given final approval to its school accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act that aims to have 82% of students proficient in English and 74% proficient in math by 2026. The plan now goes to Gov. Eric Greitens for his signature before being submitted to the US Education Department.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (8/15) 
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Trends & Research
Can Minecraft improve students' SEL?
Can Minecraft improve students' SEL?
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Playing Minecraft may help boost students' social and emotional skills, according to a report from Getting Smart, which partnered with Microsoft for the survey. Data show 86.6% of respondents said playing Minecraft had a positive effect on students' communication skills.
T.H.E. Journal (8/14) 
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The secret to North Carolina's broadband win
The secret to North Carolina's broadband win
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The key to North Carolina's successful digital initiative -- to provide broadband and Wi-Fi access to all schools by 2018 -- was securing buy-in from all major stakeholder groups, including school leaders, policy-makers, educators and parents, among others, Michael Horn writes. Horn shares insights about the complex buy-in process from a report published by digiLEARN.
EdSurge (8/14) 
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NASBE News
Statement by NASBE president and CEO on events in Charlottesville, Va.
NASBE President and CEO Kristen Amundson has issued a statement in light of displays of hatred and violence witnessed in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this week. Read the full statement on NASBE's website.
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Registration is now open for NASBE's Annual Conference 2017
Join us November 1-4, 2017, in Atlanta for NASBE's Annual Conference 2017, Moving Beyond the State Plan: Excellence, Equity, Innovation. The Annual Conference is the largest gathering of state board of education members in the nation. Speakers will include College Board President and CEO David Coleman, Khan Academy founder Sal Khan, and series of dynamic and influential individuals in the education policy field. The conference will cover important topics such as state ESSA implementation, education equity and excellence, leadership development, school interventions, school funding, personalized learning, early childhood education, and much more. Register today!
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