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