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Does quality teaching outweigh outside influences?
Teachers -- and more specifically their mindset and actions -- have an effect on students' education, writes teacher Mark Sass. In this blog post, he examines the influence teachers have on students, compared with outside influences such as socioeconomic status and preterm birth weight. He writes about data collected by educational researcher John Hattie, who lists 150 influences on student achievement. The top 38 are all within teachers' control -- such as self-reported grades, clarity and providing formative evaluation. TransformED (3/26)
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Study finds early push to algebra might not boost performance
Encouraging students to take algebra I in middle school to prepare for high-level math in high school does not necessarily correspond with higher achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to a new report by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Tom Loveless of Brookings says the findings may indicate that middle-school math is not as rigorous as previously thought. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/27)
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What districts can do to offer value propositions to teachers
School districts must strike a balance between professional needs and providing competitive compensation for teachers, note Regis Anne Shields, an independent consultant, and Karen Hawley Miles, president and executive director of Education Resource Strategies. In this commentary, they suggest districts "flip the value," by considering who the right candidates are before determining how much they will offer, expand beyond salary and benefits, and customize value propositions based on the district's needs. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/26)
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Ariz. lawmakers hasten shift to common core aligned tests
Lawmakers in Arizona have approved legislation that eliminates Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards test as a graduation requirement and paves the way for the state to adopt assessments more closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The bill, approved Tuesday by lawmakers, now awaits the signature of Gov. Jan Brewer, who previously has said she supports the change. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (3/26)
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Tenn. district sets higher bar for valedictorian, salutatorian
A Tennessee school district has raised its standards for valedictorian and salutatorian honors this year, no longer considering only grade point averages. Now, students are required to graduate with honors and distinction -- a state standard meaning that students have met certain standards on ACT exams and other criteria. Officials say the changes have been in the works for years, but will go into effect with this year's graduating class. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model)/Gannett News Service (3/26)
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