Wyo. state education board halts work on new science standards | Tenn. education board revises teacher-evaluation policies | Conn. education officials hire law firm to investigate charter group
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Wyo. state education board halts work on new science standards
The Wyoming State Board of Education has voted to suspend the work of a state education department committee reviewing new science standards. The board doubted the committee's ability to come up with acceptable standards after the state Legislature barred it from using Next Generation Science Standards. Districts will continue to use standards adopted in 2008 until the state adopts new ones. Wyoming Public Media (7/1)
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Tenn. education board revises teacher-evaluation policies
The Tennessee State Board of Education has withdrawn a policy that would have pulled the licenses of poor-performing teachers, after the state Legislature outlawed the practice. The board now is considering a policy that offers professional-development credits for teachers who earn top annual evaluations and directs local districts to create teacher-improvement programs. The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (7/1)
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What are common mistakes schools make with iPads?
Schools nationwide are making common mistakes when it comes to integrating iPads, EdTechTeacher director and co-founder Tom Daccord said at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. Among them are an inability to effectively relay why the school is opting for iPads, focusing too much on content applications, treating iPads as computers and not devoting enough resources to teacher training. eSchool News (free registration) (7/1)
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Data show demographic shift in U.S. schools
The 2013-14 school year is the final year in which white students will make up the majority of K-12 students in U.S. public schools. Beginning in the fall, data show black, Latino, Asian and Native American students together, for the first time, will be the majority. National Journal (7/1)
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Policy & Legislation
States allocate more funds for education
Education spending will increase in 40 states during the next fiscal year, according to a brief released by the National Association of State Budget Officers. Steps some states are taking to increase their investment in education include focusing more on early education and adjusting funding formulas, the brief found. Reuters (6/27)
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Analysis spotlights implementation of NCLB waivers
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A recent analysis of U.S. Department of Education monitoring reports shows many states -- 17 out of the more than 30 reports that have been released -- struggled to turn around the bottom 5% of schools. The analysis also found that a majority of states are meeting requirements for college and career readiness and parent outreach. Education Week (tiered subscription model)/Politics K-12 blog (6/30)
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NASBE News
New resource: NGSS and setting graduation requirements
Your state board has adopted Next Generation Science Standards, but now it's tasked with setting graduation requirements that support the vision of NGSS. NASBE's newest policy update, Graduation Requirements and the Next Generation Science Standards, highlights the trends in setting science graduation requirements and the steps state board members should take to review and revise them. "[NGSS presents an] opportunity for states to develop a vision for science education," writes NASBE's Francis Eberle. "Articulating the state's aspirations for student learning in science will help schools and students make a smoother transition to the NGSS."
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2 job openings at NASBE
With the help of On-Ramps, NASBE has started a search for deputy executive director. This is an exciting opportunity for an accomplished leader—with a nuanced understanding of the role states play in improving educational outcomes for students—to build upon NASBE’s success to date and further its impact. NASBE is also looking for an editorial director to join its team. The ideal candidate is an experienced writer and editor with expertise in national education issues and the ability to write persuasively, engagingly, clearly, and quickly for general audiences.
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