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Rare bipartisan accord on No Child Left Behind revamp
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Despite the controversy surrounding who should determine how to turn around low-performing public schools and how teachers should be held to account for achievement standards, Senate committee leaders have reached rare accord on ways to improve legislation that for years has been a political mine field. "No bill has everything everybody wants. I understand that," said Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, referring to the education legislation he co-authored with the committee's ranking member, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. More

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Abused students can return to school and thrive with educator help
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A new study from the University of Missouri shows that children who are abused can return to school and do well academically if teachers can help them control their emotions, pay attention to detail and stay motivated. The study compared the duration of abuse with math and reading scores in 702 children, ages 6 to 10. The results indicate that the length and type of abuse had the most effect on the children's academic achievement, but that students who were successful in daily management skills had the most achievement. More



Assessment consortium releases final content frameworks
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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, has released its final content frameworks for the common standards. And the newsiest thing about the document is this: the consortium is going to create content frameworks for grades K-2. In a document describing the key strands of feedback on the content frameworks, PARCC said that one of the biggest demands was for K-2 frameworks that dovetail with the guidance the frameworks already offer for third-grade and above. The consortium is already working on formative-assessment tools for K-2, but said it will also now develop content frameworks, to be issued in 2012. More

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Annual report reveals online learning's rapid rise
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K-12 online and blended learning continued to grow rapidly across the country in 2011 as new consortia and single-district online education programs outstripped the continued expansion of more traditional eLearning programs, according to an annual report that measures the growth of K-12 virtual education. More

Cooking should be integrated into school curriculum to fight childhood obesity
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With childhood obesity on the rise, it's more important than ever to teach children good food habits. But with teachers having to incorporate more and more into their already packed curriculums, where's the room for nutrition education? A new study shows how it can be done, through the Cooking with Kids program. More

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How to teach young children in the digital age
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As research suggests more than half of children ages 5-8 have used a mobile device such as a smartphone, iPod touch or iPad, a new report offers recommendations for how policy makers and education leaders can take a more robust and modern approach to helping young students learn and develop in the digital age. "Take a Giant Step," from the Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council, finds that the integration of innovative, research-based training models for early childhood educators is a key element missing in the design of high-quality early learning programs. More

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For some special education students, inclusion is deferred
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More than one third of New York City's 165,000 special education students are in separate classes for most of the school day. To observers outside the system, that tactic looks like a big step back — some academics think anything less than full inclusion adversely affects special ed students for many years, and leads to poor graduation rates. Only 30 percent of New York City's special education students graduate in four years, less than the national average. More

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For states, collaboration key to NCLB waivers
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States that want newly offered relief from certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act are scrambling to satisfy an easily overlooked requirement that they "meaningfully" engage with teachers, unions, parents and community organizations, and even modify their waiver proposals based on that input. Federal education officials warn that failure to meet the collaboration requirement could doom even a stellar waiver application that includes a rock-solid accountability system and an aggressive plan for intervening in failing schools. More

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FCC launching $4 billion program to narrow digital divide
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The Federal Communications Commission is launching a $4 billion program to narrow the digital divide by making high-speed internet access and computers more affordable for more than 25 million mainly low-income Americans. The FCC said a public-private partnership, which includes major broadband and computer companies and nonprofits, will make "the biggest effort ever" across the nation to help poorer citizens as well as rural residents, seniors and minorities obtain broadband access. More

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Obama: GOP wants 'to gut investments in education'
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President Barack Obama chided congressional Republicans for "trying to gut our investments in education," and announced new steps to tackle early childhood education that won't require legislation. Speaking at a Head Start center in politically important Pennsylvania, Obama said boosting the nation's education system at all levels is an economic imperative because it puts young people on the path toward obtaining good jobs later in life. More

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Grantees picked in round 2 of Investing in Innovation contest
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The U.S. Department of Education has identified the 23 finalists expected to get Investing in Innovation, or i3, grants in the second round of the high-profile competition, including the Success For All Foundation — the only repeat winner — as well as the College Board, a California charter schools network and five school districts. The largest single grant is expected to go to Old Dominion University Research Foundation, based in Norfolk, Va., which requested nearly $25 million for a "scale-up" grant aimed at providing high-need middle schoolers with increased access to challenging math courses. More



California schools to introduce new transitional kindergarten-grade
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California is looking to add a new grade to its elementary schools that would place students who turn 5 between September and December in kindergarten for two years. Transitional Kindergarten would move the cutoff birthday from December to September so that children who are not yet 5 years old would not officially enter kindergarten — California was one of the few states where 4-year-olds could start in the K-12 system, as long as they turned 5 by the beginning of December. More

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Colorado approves with 4-tier teacher ratings
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Colorado education officials gave final approval to a statewide teacher rating system that could make it easier to fire teachers who don't meet testing standards. The Board of Education unanimously approved the rating system after months of work on elaborate standards to judge teachers and principals. The standards create a four-tier grading system — "highly effective," "effective," "partially effective" and "ineffective." More

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Spending gap between Illinois's rich, poor schools is vast
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The kids at Taft Elementary School in Lockport, Ill., enjoy small class sizes and a strong basic curriculum, but the school offers no arts, language or technology classes, and the building's heating system hasn't been upgraded since 1959. Rondout Elementary School, near Lake Forest, Ill., offers Spanish in every grade, beginning with kindergarten. Most students are issued laptops, and they can join the band or chorus and study art, drama or dance. More

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New teacher evaluation system would be 'major shift' in Wisconsin
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For the first time, Wisconsin would have a standardized system for determining the best and worst educators, under a proposal outlined by State Superintendent Tony Evers. The system would base half of teacher evaluations on classroom practices and the other half on student results, such as test scores, which have not been used before in the state. Such a system "marks a major shift for Wisconsin," according to a preliminary report from a state task force Evers first convened last December. More



Tell us where you stand
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What are your thoughts on school improvement models? How about principal evaluation methods? Or pre-K through third-grade alignment? Now's the time to tell us. NAESP members have a representative on the Association's Resolutions Committee, which updates the positions for which our advocacy team lobbies in Washington, D.C. Share your ideas today. More

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