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1. Report: Teacher-prep programs in 7 states go unchecked

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Seven states are not in compliance with a federal requirement that they identify "at risk" and "low performing" teacher-preparation programs, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office. Data also show that there is little oversight of such programs at the federal level. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (07/24)

2. Why educators need time to review student data

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Education officials at an Iowa middle school credit a rise in reading and math scores, in part, to a strategy of collecting student data and giving educators time to review it. The initiative involves an early-release day for students one day a week. Interdisciplinary teams then use the time to discuss data and instruction. District Administration magazine online (07/22)

3. PARCC leader cadre meets to map future of assessments

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Educators and administrators who are members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre recently gathered to map the future of math and reading exams developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Some attendees praised the changes. Still, the number of states slated to administer the exams in 2015-16 has dropped to seven, and the District of Columbia. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/22)

4. Disability advocates voice concerns about ESEA rewrite

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

Some disability advocates are concerned about how the U.S. House and Senate bills to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will affect students with disabilities. Both bills could weaken federal oversight and sanctions for the inclusion of students with disabilities in state assessments, some say. The Atlantic online (07/23)

5. 10 ways to differentiate between performing, learning

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

There is a difference between performing and learning in the classroom, writes Jim Dillon, director of the Center for Leadership and Bullying Prevention and a former educator and administrator. In this blog post, he offers 10 ways to tell the difference and asserts that true learning comes when teachers focus less on students having the "right" answer. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (07/22)

6. Using play to engage high-school students in learning

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

High-school students would benefit from creative outlets and the integration of play into classroom lessons -- just as younger students do -- educators and experts say. This article highlights several ways to use play to engage high-school students in deeper learning. (07/24)

7. Schools help students transition to high school

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2015

More schools are offering courses, mentoring and other programs to help students make the sometimes-challenging transition from middle school to high school. A Tennessee high school has launched a program that teaches ninth-graders about the high-school credit system and the importance of preparing for college and career. (07/20)

8. How educators are encouraging independent reading

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Educators and librarians are finding ways to encourage independent reading through programs that make reading more social. Ideas include those of a librarian who created a teachers' reading club, in which they model independent reading by tackling popular children's books, plus other educators who are connecting students to reading groups or authors through social media and Skype. (07/22)

9. Are value-added assessments effective for teacher evaluations?

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

It's unclear whether value-added assessments are effective or fair for evaluating teachers, writes Aaron Pallas, a professor of sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. In this commentary, he highlights potential pitfalls of value-added data and how the data sometimes are used in schools. The Hechinger Report (07/24)

10. Conference process for ESEA rewrite is expected to begin soon

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2015

U.S. lawmakers this week are expected to create a schedule for the next steps for the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The conference process, which involves members from both chambers of Congress, is expected to begin soon, last several weeks and result in a final bill to send to President Barack Obama this fall. The National Law Review (07/20) Education Week (tiered subscription model) (07/20)

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