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1. N.Y. principal reflects on opt-out movement

ASCD SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Some estimates indicate 200,000 students have opted out of state standardized tests in New York this year, New York principal Carol Burris writes in this blog post. Burris -- who has been vocal about her stance against over-testing -- reflects on the opt-out movement and its potential nationwide spread. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (05/03)


2. How should schools serve "accelerated" students?

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

There may be benefits to allowing advanced students to enter kindergarten early, to skip a grade or take a course above their grade level, according to two recent reports. However, 20 states have policies that prohibit early enrollment in kindergarten, one study found. National Public Radio (04/30)


3. Survey shines light on digital-learning trends

ASCD SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

A majority -- 58% -- of students participating in a national survey about digital learning said they use mobile devices for learning during the school day. Students, parents, teachers and administrators participated in the survey, which highlights four digital-learning trends. eSchool News (free registration) (04/30)


4. Report reveals achievement gaps in history, civics, geography

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Eighth-graders' overall average scores in geography, civics and U.S. history on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have not changed since 2010, according to a recent report. Data also show gender and racial achievement gaps in these subjects. U.S. News & World Report (04/29)


5. How labels shape perceptions of students who leave school

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Terminology used to describe young adults who leave school before graduation has evolved over time, according to this analysis. Terms have included "dropouts," "juvenile delinquents" and "at-risk youth." The most recent term, "opportunity youth," seeks to tap into their "untapped potential." National Public Radio (04/28)


6. School-within-a-school helps meet immigrant students' needs

ASCD SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

District of Columbia Public Schools operates a school-within-a-school for English-language learners who have arrived in the U.S. within the past 18 months. The students often are unaccompanied minors, according to this article, which profiles how the school is meeting students' unique needs. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (05/06)


7. How opt-out effort in Minn. is affecting average test scores

ASCD SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (05/02)


8. Study: Student-led summer reading may sustain, boost skills

ASCD SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

A recent study suggests that allowing students to pick books to bring home to read during the summer can prevent learning loss. Researchers tested reading levels of students who were allowed to choose their books and others who were given preselected books to bring home during a break. They found three-quarters of students in the free-choice group either maintained or gained reading skills when they returned to school. Reuters (04/29)


9. To what extent do you agree with the trend that allows successful school principals to manage two schools simultaneously?

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015


10. 4 common sense tenets of brain-based learning

ASCD SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

"Much of what we can prove with brain scans and cellular studies is what students have been experiencing, intuiting, and discovering on their own," writes fifth-grade teacher Lisa Schopf. In a recent ASCD Express article, Schopf shares four tenets of brain-based learning that both students and research validate. Read on.




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