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1. Ind. bill would change how education superintendent is chosen

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

A proposal under consideration by Indiana lawmakers would remove the state superintendent of public instruction as the statutory head of the board of education. Instead, the board would choose a head from among its members, including the superintendent. The bill also would allow the House speaker and Senate president to choose one board member each with the governor selecting the remaining eight. Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.), The (01/13)


2. Ga. education board tweaks Common Core requirements

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

The Georgia State Board of Education has approved revised Common Core State Standards. Revisions include traditional computing methods and memorization of addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. Brunswick News (Ga.), The (01/16)


3. N.C. could consider adjustments to math standards by spring

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

A commission working on revising North Carolina's math standards is expected to present their recommendations to the State Board of Education this spring. The commission wants to replace the integrated math implemented three years ago as the state rolled out Common Core State Standards. Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (01/20)


4. Conn. education board approves district's plan to cure racial disparity

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

A plan to correct the racial imbalance of the Groton school district has won approval from the Connecticut State Board of Education. Under the plan -- which must be approved by voters -- the district will build a new middle school and convert two middle schools into elementary schools. If approved, the new schools could be operational by 2020. Day (New London, Conn.) (free registration), The (01/08)


5. Achievement gap among black males becomes focus for some districts

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

School districts profiled in this article have taken steps to help narrow the achievement gap among African-American male students. One school district created an office of Black Male Student Achievement, and others have taken similar steps. Hechinger Report, The (01/05)


6. W.Va. education board reverses changes made to science standards

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

A revision to the Next Generation Science Standards that questioned man's role in climate change has been rejected by the West Virginia Board of Education. The board had added the language to the standards in December but this week returned to its original wording that instructs teachers to "clarify evidence of the factors" that have caused climate change. Public comment will be sought before a final vote of the standards to be made in March. Gazette (Charleston, W.Va.) (free registration), The (01/14) Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/14) Government Executive (01/14)


7. How school leaders can determine if technology is being used effectively

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

To apply technology in the most innovative ways, school leaders should be able to answer six critical questions about student assignments, including whether they build student capacity and broaden their perspectives, November Learning founder Alan November suggests in this commentary. "If you answer no to all six questions when evaluating the design of assignments and student work, then chances are that technology is not really being applied in the most innovative ways," November writes. eSchool News (free registration) (01/13)


8. Schools can apply now for E-Rate funding for 2015-16

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

Increased funding for schools and libraries approved under the recently revised federal E-Rate program is expected to begin flowing this summer. The application window for E-Rate funding for the 2015-16 school year will remain open through March. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (01/07)


9. NCLB draft offers 2 options for testing

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/13)


10. N.C. education board approves new 10-point grading system for high schools

NASBE State Ed SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

WGHP-TV (High Point, N.C.) (01/09)




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