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1. Survey: Nonacademic factors affect achievement

ASCD SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

Nonacademic factors are some of the top barriers to student learning, according to a recent survey of the 2015 state Teachers of the Year. They identified family stress, poverty, and learning and psychological issues as key obstacles. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/19)


2. Experts weigh in on Common Core performance tasks

ASCD SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards include open-ended questions often referred to as performance tasks. This article examines the pros and cons of these questions and whether they are more effective than traditional multiple-choice formats. The Hechinger Report (05/20)


3. How the arts create synergy between subjects

ASCD SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

A push to expand arts education into science, technology, engineering and math has led to the momentum to turn STEM into STEAM, said Christine Marme Thompson, professor and director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts' Art Education program. "The visual arts are a powerful language for communicating concepts and theories in any field, both during the process of being developed and once they are finished 'products' to be shared with others," she said. PhysOrg.com (05/25)


4. Feedback sparks changes to PARCC exams

ASCD SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams will be 90 minutes shorter next year and administered during one 30-day testing window, according to a recent announcement by the PARCC governing board. Feedback from teachers and parents led to the changes, PARCC officials said. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/21)


5. Will Common Core improve math instruction?

ASCD SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

The Common Core State Standards' emphasis on understanding a fraction as a number on a number line could have a positive effect on math instruction, writes Tom Loveless, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In this commentary, he discusses how the approach can give students foundational math skills. Education Next (5/19)


6. Educator: Don't eliminate thinking when adopting technology

ASCD SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Technology can afford educators -- and students -- the opportunity to work smarter, but some technology also can eliminate thinking altogether, educator Brian Bennett writes. In this blog post, he explores the role technology plays in educators' and students' learning. "Don't allow the push to 'integrate technology' obfuscate the real reason for being in school -- learning to think," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (05/25)


7. States vary in commitment, approach to ELL funding

ASCD SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

About 34 states fund English-language-learner programs through their state's primary funding formula, data show. A report from the Education Commission of the States also finds that 46 states are providing additional funding for ELL education. District Administration magazine online (05/19)


8. Is "complex trauma" a disability under federal law?

ASCD SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

A group of students and educators in a California district recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging the district is not doing enough to ensure students with "complex trauma" have access to an appropriate education. The lawsuit is being billed as the first of its kind and could set a precedent about the role schools play in students' mental health. The Atlantic (5/19)


9. Which statement best matches your opinion about taking classroom teaching time to give students keyboarding instruction?

ASCD SmartBrief | May 21, 2015


10. History project combines creativity, freedom for students

ASCD SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

To finish out the school year, educator Brison Harvey has students complete "20 Percent Google History" projects, inspired by Google's practice of allowing employees to spend one-fifth of their time on their own projects. Students can select a U.S. history topic and create a unique final product, such as a video game about the Great Depression or a scrapbook detailing American fashion history, Harvey explains. Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (05/19)




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