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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. 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)


3. 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. KQED.org (07/24)


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. Fund for Teachers provides grants for PD

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Fund for Teachers provides grants -- up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for groups of teachers -- for educators to engage in professional development and passion projects over the summer months. This article highlights how several teachers are using the funds to pursue international field research and enhance teaching practices. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


7. 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. KQED.org (07/22)


8. 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)


9. Survey: Many high-school students not prepared for college, career

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

High-school graduates often are not adequately prepared for college or career, according to a recent survey. Findings from Achieve show that 14% of university professors say students were prepared for college, and 29% of employers say students were prepared for the workforce. CampusTechnology.com (07/27)


10. Study: Genetics have primary effect on students' intelligence

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

A new study from King's College London sheds light on the role genetics play in determining intelligence. Among the findings, researchers found that genetic predisposition is more likely to affect students' scores in all subjects, rather than environmental factors. MedicalDaily.com (07/27)




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