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May 4, 2012
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  • Will the common core improve learning?
    Properly implemented Common Core State Standards are likely to improve student achievement in math, according to a recent study. Researchers based their findings on test scores in states where standards already are closely aligned with the common core, and found that students in such states performed better. However, researchers said their findings are not solid proof but aim to predict likely outcomes from the implementation of the new standards. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
"A practical, inspiring guide to creating the outdoor classroom and giving children the gift of nature" (Richard Louv). Moving the Classroom Outdoors brings you the best examples from dozens of schools and nature centers across the country, complete with illustrative photos and nuts & bolts advice. Preview the entire book!
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  • 50 resources for using the iPad in the classroom
    There are 50 resources -- including tutorials, lesson plans and applications -- for teachers integrating the iPad into classroom lessons listed in this blog post by Charlie Osborne. The list includes resources for teachers just getting started, as well as tips and tricks for using the devices and samples of lesson plans that incorporate iPads. ZDNet/iGeneration blog (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. sixth-graders get a look at ancient Rome
    Ryan Wollberg, a sixth-grade social studies teacher in Gurnee, Ill., brings his students back in time by dressing up as the historical characters they're learning about. His most elaborate costume includes the gear a Roman soldier would have worn. "When you have something they can see and touch, it makes a huge difference," Wollberg said. Lake County News-Sun (Gurnee, Ill.) (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.Y. education commissioner asked to take state math exam
    Sharon Emick Fougner, a school principal in New York, recently asked Education Commissioner John B. King Jr., to take the state's standardized math exam so he could see firsthand the problems with the exam, which she said have a "complete disregard for the cognitive and emotional development of elementary children." She listed the problems with the exams, and said they include unclear directions, language beyond students' grade level and material they have not been taught. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (5/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Students' fitness affects their test scores
    Students who are more physically fit may outperform their unfit peers by as much as 5% on standardized tests in math and language arts, according to a recent study. The report, released by the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, recommends schools dedicate time to physical education and encourages teachers to integrate fitness into daily activities. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can a later start to the school day boost student test scores?
    School start times affect students' test scores, according to a study by Colby College economist Finley Edwards. Edwards said he found that students who start school later in the morning watch less television, spend more time on homework and have fewer absences than students who start school earlier in the day. "We can see clear increases of academic performance from just starting school later," Edwards said. The Huffington Post (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Coalition seeks more state autonomy in rewritten ESEA
    The Elementary and Secondary Education Act should be rewritten in a way that gives state governments more authority over how to spend education funding, according to a coalition of state and local groups. In a letter issued Thursday to House and Senate leaders, the groups wrote, "We need federal policy that instead of focusing on process and compliance, allows for state and local innovation." The Hill/The Floor Action blog (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. governor presses for education reform
    Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering legislation that would allow students at struggling public schools to receive scholarships to attend private or parochial schools. Gov. Chris Christie recently said the passage of the bill is his top legislative priority. Christie also is seeking to pass legislation reforming teacher tenure and seniority protections and growing charter schools. New Jersey Online (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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