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October 25, 2012
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  State Board News 
  • Election cycle could bring changes to many state boards
    About one-sixth of the roughly 600 state education board seats across the country are up for election or reappointment this year, according to Jim Kohlmoos, the executive director the National Association of State Boards of Education. With many leadership positions changing hands, state boards might play an increasingly important role and act as a "stablizing force," Kohlmoos said. In addition, Kohlmoos also noted the most important challenge facing state boards will be helping districts prepare for and implement the common core. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • States deploy digital resources in different ways
    At a recent forum, state leaders described the ways in which they are making the shift to digital education. In Indiana, schools are adopting bring-your-own-device policies and one-to-one technology programs to help eliminate textbooks. The state also has adopted eFlex days, in which students can learn remotely about one time each month. In Utah, officials say the adoption of the Common Core State Standards prompted its focus on digital resources. eSchool News(free registration) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lack of bidders stalls Idaho's school laptop initiative
    In Idaho, officials have struggled to find a vendor for the state's school laptop initiative, causing delays in the implementation of the program, which was supposed to be in place this month. There was a lack of competitive bids for the first round -- for an estimated $100 million, eight-year contract. Now, as officials continue the search for a new bidder, their goal is to have the devices in classrooms by the start of the spring semester. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Calif. makes changes to laws on textbooks, algebra course
    As California prepares to implement the Common Core State Standards, it has adopted a law some say will help to speed the process for adopting new textbooks by giving districts more freedom to choose and purchase materials. Another law, supporters say, corrects a decision made in 2010 to essentially create two sets of standards for eighth-grade math. Michael W. Kirst, state school board president, said the law does not, as critics claim, eliminate the eighth-grade option for Algebra 1. "Placement of students in math courses based on their readiness is still a local decision and should remain as such," Kirst said. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why professional development is key to success of common core
    Education blogger Tom Whitby in this post writes that support and professional development will be the key to helping prepare teachers for common-core implementation. Whitby, adjunct professor of education who attended the general session on the common core at NASBE's Annual Conference, said such instruction for educators varies widely among schools and districts but will be essential to compliance by 2014 as well as the success of the initiative overall. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Should the federal government's role in public education:
Stay the same?

  • Latest issue of NASBE's State Education Standard examines Common Core from origin to execution
    Think of it as "Everything You Wanted to Know About Common Core But Were Afraid -- or Didn't Know -- to Ask." In "Implementing the Common Core," the latest issue of The State Education Standard -- the award-winning journal of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) -- recognized experts examine the history of the standards from their creation and adoption to implementation and the work being done to develop standards-aligned assessments. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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