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October 15, 2012
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  • Two common core assessments bear important differences
    States have to choose one of two Common Core State Standards assessments it will use, writes Carol Meyer, director of Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program. She notes differences between the tests; for example, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test has more features for students with special needs than the one being prepared by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium. The new tests will not be used until 2014-15. Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can Legos spark interest in STEM?
    Legos can be the building blocks of a science, technology, engineering and math education that fuels a career in engineering, Cathy Webb, a technology teacher and student learning-plan adviser at Edmonds Heights K-12 school in Edmonds, Wash., says in this interview. "Teaching them to creatively problem-solve, to break outside of the box of Lego bricks and look for the objects around them and build that into something that can solve some of the huge issues that we face. That would be my greatest wish, building young engineers," she adds. Forbes (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
 
  • New head of Chicago schools praised for approach, experience
    New Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett is a former teacher who led Detroit schools as they underwent restructuring, and in her recent role as chief education officer in Chicago, she helped reach a resolution to the teachers' strike. Byrd-Bennett, who on Friday replaced Jean-Claude Brizard, is being praised for her ability to collaborate with teachers. "Barbara and I both agree that reform comes better if it's driven by those who are in the schools, not top down," said Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit teachers union. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (10/14), The Detroit News (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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The Resegregation of Suburban Schools
“Erica Frankenberg and Gary Orfield make a compelling case that America’s racial and economic future will be determined in the hallways of suburban schools... a call to action for educators, policy makers, and anyone else who cares about equality in our schools.” —Rachel Moran
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  Policy Watch 
  • Calif., federal assessments give different views of schools
    Testing results in California show most students are meeting the state's goals for students' growth but miss federal marks. The No Child Left Behind standards require a certain number -- 78% -- of students be proficient, as opposed to measuring growth. Only 26% of schools meet NCLB standards. Bruce Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, said the results show the NCLB law has little meaning. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. changes achievement goals for some students
    The Florida Board of Education has established new goals for proficiency for minorities, as well as English-language learners, students from low-income families and students who receive special-education services. The move has drawn some harsh criticism, but state leaders say they want students of all backgrounds to eventually learn at or above grade level. However, they say, some groups start at a lower proficiency level and must focus on incremental progress in the beginning. The Miami Herald (free registration) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.C. high-school students can register early to vote
    A North Carolina law allows high schools to hold voter registration drives during the school day. Students can even register in advance of them becoming the legal voting age. "I hope that this is a tool to say 'participate in your government, be involved ...' " said state Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham (D), a co-sponsor of the law, which passed in 2009 with bipartisan support. FoxNews.com (10/14)
 
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  ASCD News 
  • Submit your story for the "Creativity Now!" EL issue
    We're looking for your stories for the February "Tell Me About" column. In 200 words or less, tell us about a time when you were a student and your creativity was super-charged. We want to know what caused that burst of creativity and why the experience was important to you in your future learning. Submit your experience here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Let's make more (digital) connections
    "As more and more schools and districts accept the digital and online world as not only a part of their regular communications, but also a part of their professional development, we're thrilled to cheer them on," writes ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter. In his inaugural Inservice blog post, Carter discusses his decision to start blogging and connecting with educators online. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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