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December 20, 2012
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  • Md. board of education briefed on new school accountability system
    The Maryland State Board of Education received a report at its Monday meeting on a new school accountability system developed by the state's education department as part of its No Child Left Behind waiver. The so-called School Progress Index uses standardized tests to provide a snapshot of how schools are doing and replaces the former metric known as adequate yearly progress. During the meeting, several board members expressed concerns about the complexity of the data and how it will be made understandable to the public. The Baltimore Sun (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
 
  • Is this the end of the road for the Scantron?
    Standardized tests nationwide increasingly are being taken online and that trend is expected to continue as 25 states implement computerized exams under the Common Core State Standards. In Nevada, where officials are preparing to launch a pilot of new "computer adaptive" tests, supporters say the exams will adjust to meet students' needs and better assess their knowledge. However, concerns remain over the cost of implementation and whether school infrastructure can handle the technology. Las Vegas Sun (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How policymakers can support the use of education technology
    Policymakers should work to create guidelines that support the integration of technology in schools, according to "Born in Another Time: Ensuring Educational Technology Meets the Needs of Students Today — And Tomorrow," a recent report from the National Association of State Boards of Education. In this post, blogger Katrina Schwartz provides an excerpt from the report, which among other things calls for the creation of "policies that allocate resources based on data, student needs, and student, parent and stakeholder voices." KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Should teachers be armed?
    Following Friday's tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., some lawmakers say future incidents could be prevented by arming school staff, including teachers. In Oklahoma, lawmakers say they will introduce legislation allowing teachers and others at schools to be armed, and in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry says the state's gun laws should allow concealed weapons on school grounds. Many observers, however, say there are complications with implementing such laws, as well as other concerns. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. bill to allow concealed weapons in schools is vetoed:   Days after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would have allowed some people to carry concealed weapons in schools, day-care centers and other locations. Under the bill, gun owners with additional training would have been permitted to carry the weapons. Snyder said he vetoed the bill because it did not allow for institutions to opt out and ban weapons from their premises. USA Today/Detroit Free Press (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 25 states to reform teacher-prep programs
    Teacher preparation is likely to be a major focus for policymakers in the new year, observers say following an announcement that school chiefs in 25 states intend to make changes to the way new teachers are trained and licensed. Participating states will work to implement recommendations contained in a report created by a Council of Chief State School Officers task force, which included three members of NASBE's board of directors. Among other things, the group suggests that teacher-certification standards be aligned with "college- and career-ready standards." Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Happy Holidays, from NASBE
    NASBE wishes everyone a joyous, healthy and happy holiday season. As we prepare to change our calendars, let us also look forward to continuing the advancement of high-quality public education for all students for years to come. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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