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August 30, 2012
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  State Board News 
  • S.D. board of education approves school accountability system
    The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a new school accountability system that uses students' results on the ACT to determine college readiness and requires the state's department of education to develop a new way of determining career readiness. The board also dropped as a measurement tool the number of students who take the ACT, saying that measurement was unfair because students must pay to take the ACT. The new system places greater emphasis on students' career and college readiness, officials say. The Daily Republic (Mitchell, S.D.) (8/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. educators discuss districts' challenges with state board
    Members of the Georgia State Board of Education attended a forum Monday to learn about various issues the state's districts are facing. Problems discussed included class sizes, teacher retention and health care costs. "I think in earnest when they are having their staff meetings talking about what local systems face I think for them to have the first hand knowledge of what our needs are it's really going to pay great dividends at the local level," said Richmond County Superintendent Frank Roberson. WAGT-TV (Augusta, Ga.) (8/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Free STAR Assessment Reports Booklet
The new STAR Enterprise Assessment Reports Booklet demonstrates the expanded scope of information now available to all educators who implement STAR assessments. These reports help teachers and administrators learn how to get answers to key questions that help improve instruction. Request your free booklet.
  Trends & Technology 
  • Use of solar power expected to cut costs in 3 Calif. districts
    Sixteen schools in three California school districts are using solar power this year thanks to the districts' partnerships with a company that provides independent energy advice and to funding from the California Solar Initiative. The solar projects are expected to save the districts a total of more than $32 million over the next 25 years. "Solar energy projects for public schools are essentially revenue enhancements for school districts which directly benefit students and taxpayers," said Eric Cederquist, superintendent of the Fowler Unified School District. T.H.E. Journal (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Responsive Classroom: New Research Confirms the Benefits
The latest research from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education confirms that Responsive Classroom practices lead to teacher improvement and student gains in math and reading. Read about this new research here.
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Alaska plans to seek NCLB waiver
    Alaska education officials plan to apply for a waiver from portions of No Child Left Behind. State officials say the number of schools failing to meet adequate yearly progress will dramatically increase if the waiver is not granted. The state will submit an education plan focusing on college and career readiness, assessments, and supporting instruction and leadership, officials say. The Peninsula Clarion (Kenai, Alaska) (8/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ariz. to tie teachers' pay to students' test scores
    School districts in Arizona are preparing to implement a new statewide system in which, by 2014-15, as much as 40% of teachers' pay could be based on students' standardized test scores. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, students' scores will be used to assess teachers. While the requirement has been issued by the state, districts and the state's charter schools were directed to create their own assessments. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  NASBE News 
  • Should the traditional school calendar with a long summer break be replaced by year-round schooling with shorter breaks spread through the year?

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