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Florida officials will fight feds over testing of English language learners
Education Week
Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined state education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Miami-Dade County schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho today in calling for the U.S. Department of Education to back down from its decision that the state must include test results for its newest English language learners in its accountability system.
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Facilitating an end to the troubling lack of student responsibility
By: Debra Abrams
Another sleepless night. A few days ago, I read my end-of-term student evaluations. As has become all too familiar to me recently, too many were disparaging, hostile and hateful. I haven't slept much since. As education programs move to a business-rooted paradigm that identifies students as customers and teachers as customer service representatives whose job it is to satisfy customers' needs, too many students have increasingly come to feel entitled to good — if not excellent — grades as a matter of course and not as a result of their intrinsic motivation to learn.
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Americans' satisfaction with education system increases
Gallup
As students return to school in the U.S., 48 percent of Americans are "completely" or "somewhat satisfied" with the quality of kindergarten through high school education in the country, the highest Gallup has measured since 2004. For the first time since 2007, Americans are now about as likely to say they are satisfied as dissatisfied.
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English language learners hold steady on MCAs
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota students who are learning to speak English held steady on both the math and reading portions of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.

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Cutting to the Common Core: The key to English standards
Language Magazine
What is the most important standard among California's English language arts and English language development standards?

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Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years.

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Fiscal recovery buoys K-12 budgets as school year opens
Education Week
The modest but steady recovery of state K-12 budgets over the past few years is expected to continue, national experts on education finance say, although to what extent schools and districts will feel a real impact from budget changes for the 2014-2015 school year is an open question. In the current budget year, most state lawmakers have decided to continue reinvesting in public schools through their traditional "foundation" programs, which generate much of the state aid for K-12.
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Common Core testing group shortens English/language arts assessment
Education Week
The PARCC testing consortium has decided to cut out some of the questions on the English/language arts portion of its Common Core aligned test, reducing the length of the exam. The multistate consortium announced that it will drop two sets of reading passages and 13 test questions from the test for students in grades 3-5. It also will drop one set of reading passages and four questions from the test for students in grades 6-11.
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English language learners hold steady on MCAs
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota students who are learning to speak English held steady on both the math and reading portions of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. In math, 29 percent of students in grades 3-8 are proficient and 16 percent in grades 3, 8 and 10 are proficient in reading, according to those test results. The scores were unchanged from the previous year. At first blush, that might not sound like good news. But consider this. Last year, that subgroup of students had a free fall on the reading test, dropping 20 percentage points. Those declines were seen across the board, a consequence of tough, new standards on which students were tested. But English language learners easily experienced the biggest drop.
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English language learners score lowest on LEAP test, Jefferson Parish schools data show
The Times-Picayune
English language learners in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, public schools scored the lowest of any subgroup on the state's LEAP and iLEAP tests, according to new data released by the school system. About 10 percent of Jefferson's students have limited English proficiency, the highest of any public school system in Louisiana. About half of these students passed the mathematics portion of the LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2014. But only 37 percent passed social studies, 34 percent passed English and 35 percent passed science. That's a decline in each subject from 2013.
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Boom-bang homework assignments
Edutopia
Homework is beneficial. Or it's not. Research supports both positions and all the contentious points in between. If you count yourself among the 70 percent of U.S. teachers who assign take-home work, you may find value in the following recommendations for making those assignments more effective, creative and motivational — in other words, with boom-bang academic power.
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More research on precisely what works for English language learners
EdCentral (commentary)
As I've pointed out in recent posts, there are considerable limits to what education research can do on its own — because of political realities and implementation challenges. Of course, that doesn't mean that we should stop researching education, or that we should ignore existing research findings. It just means that we should: 1) be mindful of the limits of what research can do for politics and policy, and 2) even the best research usually has limited prescriptions for policy reforms.
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Grading practices that better support 21st-century learning
By: Brian Stack
If you'd like to see just how polarized a high school faculty can be, survey them on how much they think homework should count in their overall course grade. You'll get the full range of responses from zero to 100 percent. The start of a new school year for many teachers necessitates the writing of course syllabus documents, which means it is time to decide how much weight will be given to categories such as homework, class work, tests, quizzes and class participation. Here are some grading practices that you can implement right now in your own classroom that will better support the 21st-century learning of your students.
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Students' help-seeking strategies offer clues for educators
Education Week
If you need help, raise your hand. It's one of the first lessons of school, but as more students learn in and out of classrooms, in person and online, educators and researchers are starting to take another look at how students learn to ask for help. In a typical classroom, teachers may see some students who raise their hands constantly, while others try to overhear the response to another student's question without ever asking their own.
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