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January 24, 2013
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  • Ill. education board considers higher cut scores for state tests
    The Illinois State Board of Education today is expected to consider whether to raise the cut scores for students on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test given to third- through eighth-graders in reading, math and science. If the changes are approved, education officials anticipate a drop in the number of students performing at grade level on the tests. Using 2012 testing data, 79% of students were proficient in reading and 86% were in math, but the scores dropped to 60% for both using the proposed criteria. Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. education board to update proposal on "rehabilitative" discipline
    The Maryland Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to make minor changes to proposals that schools shift toward more rehabilitative discipline practices aimed at reducing out-of-school suspensions and teaching students about positive behavior. The changes, which are in response to input from educators and others, do not change the spirit of the reforms, officials said. Among other things, the proposals would require schools to provide educational services to students during suspension, and track data regarding suspensions of minority students and students in special education. The Washington Post (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.C. education board prepares for potential bus-driver strikes
    The State Board of Education in South Carolina has approved a plan to waive classroom and driving supervision requirements to allow out-of-state bus drivers to be temporarily licensed in the state. The decision was made amid potential strikes by school bus drivers in two districts, where the drivers are at odds with their union over pay, health insurance and other concerns. The emergency regulation will remain in place for 90 days and mandates that drivers be licensed in another state, among other requirements. Charleston Regional Business Journal (S.C.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Technology needs are a concern in transition to common core
    A recent survey conducted by the Missouri Association of School Administrators finds that officials in many districts are concerned about the implementation of technology requirements under the Common Core State Standards. Among the concerns are a lack of accommodations needed to administer computer-based tests, insufficient hardware and a lack of bandwidth needed to accommodate online testing. Education Week/Digital Education blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. district adopts automated scheduling for math classes
    To enroll middle-school students in the most challenging math classes, the Pinellas County School district in Florida is trying out an automated system for placing students in math based on three years of state standardized testing data. Some school board members and parents are concerned this could result in students being placed in classes that are too difficult or too easy. School officials say the aim is to ensure students with potential are not left behind and reassured board members that accommodations will be made as needed. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Education policy professional opportunities
    NASBE has openings in two new policy project areas -- Deeper learning and Next Generation Science Standards. Go to our website to learn more about the projects and positions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NASBE partners with AEP on Arts Education Policy Portal
    NASBE is collaborating with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) to create an online arts education resource designed to help state boards of education develop evidence-based policy. NASBE will base the new Web portal on AEP's Arts Education State Policy Database and ArtsEdSearch, through which state board members will be able to easily access educational information about how the arts can support general education policy goals. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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