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December 27, 2012
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  • Tech standards issued to help districts with common core testing
    The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two consortia designing curricula and assessments for Common Core State Standards, released on Friday its "minimum specifications" and "recommended" technology guidelines for testing under common core. The guidelines address such areas as acceptable screen sizes and devices permissible for the testing, plus the types of security needed regarding Internet access, cameras and other device features. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium earlier this month released its own list of technology requirements and recommendations. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The next game-changer in education
    Beginning in January, a Kansas school district will begin testing a shift to "open-source" learning materials, which would give students access to digital materials, while replacing traditional textbooks. The Web portal, "Canvas," is part of the district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Officials say a benefit is that the system is expected to reduce costs. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Advocates, districts challenge state education funding in 10 states
    Ten states have active legal cases over state funding for education moving through their court systems, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, many experts say the results of these cases can leave something to be desired as a ruling to increase education spending doesn't always have an impact on school finances in the long term. Stateline.org (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • At what age should children enroll in kindergarten?
    The cutoff date for children in Tennessee to enroll in kindergarten has been moved back. Under the change approved by state legislation, in the 2014-15 school year, children must be 5 years old by Aug. 15 to enroll -- earlier than the current cutoff of Aug. 31. The previous deadline was Sept. 30. The move is part of a trend emerging nationwide in which districts -- and parents -- are in favor of giving students more time to mature before enrolling in kindergarten. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nev. seeks to "get it right" on teacher evaluations
    Under a new system for evaluating teachers in Nevada, most teachers there will be assessed based in part on the work of other teachers, because not all subjects and grade levels are represented on state exams. Despite this challenge, Super­intendent of Public Instruction James Guthrie said he is working to make Nevada the first state to "get it right" when it comes to teacher evaluations, referencing problems experienced with reforms in Texas and Florida. Las Vegas Review-Journal (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What do you think is the biggest education issue going into 2013?
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    Educator preparation  26.67%
    Teacher/principal evaluation  13.33%
    ESEA reauthorization/waivers  6.67%
    Sequestration/budget  6.67%
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