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November 29, 2012
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  State Board News 
  • Mo. Board of Education extends oversight of long-struggling district
    The Missouri Board of Education voted Tuesday to extend its oversight of the Riverview Gardens school district until June 2016. The district of 6,000 students in northern St. Louis lost accreditation in 2007 because of its continued low test scores and has since been controlled by a three-member, state-appointed board. The district is looking for a new superintendent and the move will help provide clear expectations for prospective candidates, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. education board to review report on science instruction
    The Kansas State Board of Education next month is expected to review a report on elementary schools not teaching science yet still giving students grades in the subject. The emphasis on reading and math test scores to comply with federal regulations has left little time for science instruction, according to the report, which the board received at its Nov. 13 meeting. "When you think about it, you understand it's due to the emphasis that's been put on the (reading and math) assessments," board member Janet Waugh said. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Wash. district creates data system to find at-risk students early
    Spokane Public Schools in Washington has developed its own data-analysis system. Called the Early Warning System, it uses students' attendance, discipline referrals and assessment scores to identify students, as early as elementary school, who are at risk for dropping out. Once students are flagged, teachers can use the data to offer appropriate interventions, such as extra assistance in reading or math, to help bring students' skills up to grade level. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • 61 districts are chosen finalists in Race to the Top
    The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that 61 applicants have been selected as finalists in the latest round of the Race to the Top competition, which was open to school districts rather than states. The final list of between 15 and 25 winning districts will be announced at the end of the year, with each district receiving a portion of $400 million in four-year federal grants. Education Week/District Dossier blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Secretary Duncan outlines priorities for second-term agenda
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will push policies to improve educator quality over the next four years, education reporter Michele McNeil writes in this blog post. Duncan told attendees of the two-day conference of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, run by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, about the need to improve teacher-education programs as well as create a system that matches the best teachers and principals with the neediest students. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyo. could delay implementation of teacher evaluations
    The implementation of new evaluations for teachers and school leaders in Wyoming could be delayed by at least one year under a proposed timeline. Officials say the state should wait until the 2014-15 school year to implement the evaluations to allow enough time for preparation and training. The plan calls for using students' test scores and other data to rate individual teachers as "highly effective," "effective," "needing improvement" or "ineffective." Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.)(tiered subscription model) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Born in Another Time: A NASBE Capitol Hill briefing on education technology
    NASBE unveils its 2012 study group report, "Born in Another Time: Ensuring Educational Technology Meets the Needs of Students Today -- and Tomorrow," Dec. 4 at a Capitol Hill briefing and panel discussion. Panelists will address how technology has affected the needs of today's students and how state boards of education and policymakers can ensure schools are prepared to address the impact of rapid technological change on teaching and learning. Space is limited, so register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Policies to Promote School Safety and Prevent Violence
    NASBE released a new chapter in its acclaimed Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides, "Policies to Promote School Safety and Prevent Violence." The chapter covers a wide array of topics, including comprehensive planning, safety inspections and maintenance, school security, safe routes to school and driver education, anti-bullying strategies, health and safety education, and preventing athletic injuries. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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