Accountability Testing Suspended? Florida Governor Down on Common Core Tests, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup

Accountability Testing Suspended? Florida Governor Down on Common Core Tests, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup
September 20, 2013

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's ed news

COMMON CORE: States can miss a year of accountability testing if they use Common Core field tests, says the U.S. Department of Education. This endangers students and public transparency, says Thomas Kane.

FLORIDA: Gov. Scott says Common Core tests will take too long and cost too much money.

SPORTS: Time to cut back, because they're distracting kids from school, says Amanda Ripley.

BOREDOM: We should teach students to persevere through boredom with hard academic work, says Mark Bauerlein. 

CALIFORNIA: Teachers unions don’t represent teachers.

FLORIDA: Part-time school board members in one district earn more than many teachers

WISCONSIN: An art teacher posts online students' pictures criticizing Gov. Scott Walker

SOCIAL STUDIES: A new national framework for social studies curriculum guidelines almost completely omits content like the Constitution, dates, and Bill of Rights. 


Thursday's ed news

CALIFORNIA: A school district hires a tech firm to monitor its 13,000 students on social media and report any questionable behavior to school officials.

NORTH CAROLINA: People on track to take their GED scramble to finish the test before it changes to Common Core. 

HOMEWORK: Half of parents in a new poll say they struggle with their kids' homework, largely because their kids don't want help or the parents are too busy.

HIGHER ED: Four in ten college grads don't need a degree for their work.

MINNESOTA: The state's first alternative teacher prep program starts up.

PENNSYLVANIA: The state will soon release a new school accountability system and state test results

ALABAMA: The state board of education will discuss "conspiracy theories" and student data collection in response to public concerns.


Wednesday's ed news

COLORADO: Discover the nation's most reform-minded school district

LOUISIANA: House Republicans demand more information from the U.S. Department of Justice about its lawsuit against Louisiana vouchers

WAR ON BOYS: How to make school better for boys: More vocational ed, competition, and study of real things.

SOCIAL STUDIES: A guidance document for national standards in this subject has just arrived.

FLORIDA: The state quickly selects a new education commissioner.

TEACHER TURNOVER: Teachers probably leave the profession at half the rate of people in non-government jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. 

FLORIDA: A new school for disabled students opens, fueled by vouchers

NEW JERSEY: The state seeks to raise GPA requirements for prospective teachers from 2.5 to 3.0. 

INITIATIVE: California school kids organize their own TED talks, the first in the nation at a school.


Tuesday's ed news

ILLINOIS: A GOP candidate for governor supports vouchers, charter schools, and union curbs.

MICHIGAN: School districts step up their game because of competition from charters and open enrollment.

NEW YORK: An African-American, Democrat, female candidate for Rochester mayor supports vouchers.

SMALL CHILDREN: Why it’s a good idea to delay formal education.

FLORIDA: Legislative opposition to Common Core grows in Common Core stalwart Jeb Bush’s home state.

NEW MEXICO: A lawsuit seeks to stop objective teacher evaluations.

VIRGINIA: State leaders call teachers underpaid, but they actually earn more than the national average.

TENNESSEE: A school district borrows $5.2 million to pay for Common Core.  


Monday's ed news

CALIFORNIA: The teachers union uses Common Core as an excuse to suspend testing altogether.

FIELD TRIPS: The first randomized study of field trips to an art museum finds they increase students’ tolerance, historical empathy, thinking skills, and art knowledge.

PENNSYLVANIA: The state board of education re-adopts Common Core national education standards, with some unspecified additions.

NEW JERSEY: A poll finds a majority of minorities support vouchers, but the public overall thinks parent involvement is more important.

HOMESCHOOLING: The school choice has doubled in the past decade. Former Rep. Ron Paul releases homeschool curriculum, calling for an “education revolution.”

SAT CHANGES: The vocabulary redesign of the SAT looks likely to jettison classic literature.

ECONOMY: Boosting nationwide test scores just a bit would means trillions more in wealth in the U.S. economy.

SOUTH CAROLINA: State online school leaders fear they’re becoming a dumping ground for trouble students.

MINNESOTA: An audit finds student databases with sensitive personal and financial information would be easy pickings for hackers.

WISCONSIN: Lawmakers pass a bill out of committee that would make it easier for teaching retirees to collect their state pensions plus substitute teaching paychecks, a practice called “double-dipping.”

SPENDING: A report claiming 34 states have reduced education spending since the recession leaves out local spending.


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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)