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1. Do teachers get better with age?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Findings from two recent studies challenge the notion that teacher effectiveness begins to decline after the five-year mark. Data show teachers in the classroom beyond five years continue to boost student achievement. The findings call for a reexamination of some assumptions, said Segun Eubanks, with the National Education Association. "The idea of teachers maxing out in five years was so contradictory to what we know about other professions," he said. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (03/25)

2. Some states experiment with multiclassroom teachers

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

Schools in New York, North Carolina and Tennessee are experimenting with multiclassroom teachers. The approach aims to help top teachers reach more students. It also creates a midlevel management role for educators as an alternative to becoming an administrator. National Public Radio (03/27)

3. Expert: Teacher churn costs districts $2.2B annually

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2015

Teacher turnover in U.S. schools costs districts more than $2.2 billion annually, says Richard Ingersoll, a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies teacher turnover and retention. In this Q&A, he asserts that school conditions and whether teachers feel they have a "voice" are some key deciding factors in whether teachers stay in the profession. National Public Radio (03/30)

4. Is Common Core responsible for rise in NAEP, ACT scores?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and on the ACT in Kentucky have risen slightly during the years in which many schools implemented Common Core State Standards, according to two recent studies. Researchers say it is too early to tell whether there is a connection between the improvement in scores and the Common Core. U.S. News & World Report (03/25)

5. How the role of the K-12 teacher is evolving

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Technology -- from crowdsourcing sites for lessons plans to online videos -- are shifting the role of today's educators, English teacher Michael Godsey writes in this commentary. Technology has replaced the need for teachers to be "the local expert," he writes. "These days, teachers are expected to concentrate on the 'facilitation' of factual knowledge that is suddenly widely accessible." Atlantic online, The (03/25)

6. Should testing firms monitor students' social media posts?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2015

Testing companies associated with Common Core State Standards exams often monitor -- or contract with other firms to monitor -- public websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for sharing of test information and questions. A recent news story in New Jersey brought this practice into the spotlight, sparking a national debate. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (04/01)

7. How financial-literacy lessons add up for students

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

High-school students in 17 states are required to take a personal-finance course before graduation. Financial-literacy standards -- while not always required -- are on the books in 43 states. Some experts recommend introducing financial literacy even earlier, in elementary and middle school, so the lessons become part of the learning culture. District Administration magazine online (03/25)

8. Students learn enterprising skills

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Students in four South Carolina school districts are learning skills such as how to identify and assess risks, manage resources and collaborate under an enterprise-learning program. The instructional model has been used abroad and in the corporate world, but it is new to U.S. schools, this article states. District Administration magazine (04/2015)

9. How do snow days affect student achievement?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Reading and math scores may be more likely to drop during times when there are snowy conditions and schools do not close, than during times when schools close for inclement weather, according to a recent study. The study focused on students in Massachusetts. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (03/26)

10. How "embodied learning" gets results

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

"Embodied learning" -- a concept in which students learn through movement -- has shown promising results in several recent studies. In one study, students who acted out a word problem in math class more likely were to arrive at the correct answer than those who only read the problem. (03/26)

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