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No Child Left Behind turns 10 facing mixed results and uncertain future
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When President George W. Bush joined congressmen John Boehner, George Miller and Edward Kennedy to sign the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002, he touted the moment as a bipartisan victory for America's children. "Today begins a new era, a new time in public education in our country," Bush proclaimed in Princeton, N.J., as he signed the bill into law on Jan. 8, 2002. "As of this hour, America's schools will be on a new path of reform, and a new path of results." But 10 years later, results matching Bush's rhetoric haven't yet arrived — and the law itself is unlikely to change any time soon. More


Study: 'Safety-first' playgrounds linked to bored, inactive kids
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Remember those tall, shiny, metal, sliding boards? They seemed dauntingly steep, but you took the plunge and whizzed downward. Next, you tackled the monkey bars, climbing higher and higher and hanging by your knees at the pinnacle. Playgrounds are a lot different for today's preschoolers. Low sliding boards, safer plastic climbers and fence-protected platforms are meant to prevent injury. But a preliminary study suggests an unintended result: unenthused, less active kids. More

Balancing math skills and play in kindergarten
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It's one of the biggest debates going on among early childhood development experts: Is it more important for kindergartners to focus on academics and learn their ABCs and numbers? Or spend more time on social and emotional issues, like how to play nice and pay attention? Recent research by a UC Irvine education professor shows that math skills among kindergartners turn out to be a key predictor for future academic success. More


Common assessments: More details emerge
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Happy New Year, and welcome to the Year of the Common Assessments. Or at least the year of common-assessment procurements. One of Education Week's ongoing resolutions is to keep you informed about the activities of the two big groups of states that are designing tests for the common standards. And we have some updates for you. The two consortia — which, you probably recall, are working with federal Race to the Top money — have released documents that shed a bit more light on what the tests might look like when they're fully operational in 2014-2015. More

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A 4th 'R' for 21st century literacy: 'rithms
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What basic skills do kids today need to thrive in the 21st century digital age? According to Cathy N. Davidson, a Duke University professor and author, a student today needs four R's: Reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic and 'rithms, as in algorithms, or basic computational skills. By getting the youngest kids started on algorithmic or computational thinking, Davidson says we empower them to grasp the media structures that govern their lives today — and create their own. More

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Experts share their ed-tech predictions for the new year
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eSchool News recently asked a handful of education and education-technology experts for their thoughts on what the future holds for 2012 — and beyond. Nearly all agreed that technology's potential to create personalized, student-centered learning environments will be even more fully realized in the coming year, thanks to powerful developments in blended instruction, data analytics, formative assessment and more. But one expert warned that achievement gaps between privileged and disadvantaged children will only increase if income gaps and unemployment rates aren't brought under control. More

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Digital classrooms: Is the investment paying off?
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There is a raging debate about the effectiveness of the "digital classroom" — with arguments solely focused on the $31.2 billion education technology market and whether the investment is delivering a return to cash-strapped school districts. In the heated discussion over education technology, we are missing out on a crucial component of education — the ethos of how to work together. Collaborative technology is a valuable aid in teaching students to engage in meaningful discussion, take responsibility for their own learning and become critical thinkers in a rapidly-shifting world — skills necessary for success in the 21st century workforce. More


Redefining 'cheating' with homework
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Technology is often blamed for encouraging bad behavior, particularly when it comes to academic dishonesty. There's the notion, for example, that it's much easier to plagiarize now thanks to the ability to copy and paste information from the Web into a term paper. More

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New data on teacher education begins to flow
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There's a ton of new data on the state of teacher education beginning to come out, and it's ripe for analysis, if — and it's a big if — you know where to look. The 2008 rewrite of the Higher Education Act changed many of the reporting requirements for teacher colleges, which are housed in Title II of that law. Now, those requirements have begun to generate data, beginning with the U.S. Department of Education's newly released report on the teacher preparation and credentialing in the U.S., and filtering down to states' and individual institutions' reports. Let's look at all of these in turn. More

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This time its personal
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Educators have known for some time now that a one-size-fits-all approach to learning does not foster optimal student achievement. Though many schools have explored more customized approaches to delivering instruction, most students are still learning the same things in the same way. Enter personalized learning, a student-centered teaching and learning model that accommodates a range of abilities and needs. By marrying the principles of personalized learning with the tools of technology, some educators believe that they have a chance to create customized learning environments that can bring about true 21st century school reform. More

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Schools moving away from hallway lockers
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Lockers have served as a symbol for the American school for decades, but with new technology — e-Books, interactive assignments and Web-based learning — they're gradually becoming a thing of the past. It's unclear how many schools have gone lockerless, but New York architect Peter Lippman, who serves on the American Institute of Architects' Committee on Architecture for Education, said the trend is growing. More

House to release teacher, accountability bills
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The House education committee will put out draft bills this week that address the issues at the heart of the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act—teacher quality and accountability, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., said on Bill Bennett's radio show "Morning in America." Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, didn't elaborate on the substance of the bills. More


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Ohio teachers to be watched and graded on classroom performance — and many are OK with that
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Teachers across Ohio should expect a lot more criticism of their classroom work in the next few years. Their principals will be in their classrooms more. Or their assistant principals, or even outside evaluators, all watching them, taking notes and essentially grading the teachers. Don't expect glowing reviews either, or the perfunctory check mark in the column marked "Satisfactory." Each teacher will be graded as Accomplished, Effective, Developing or Ineffective and some will even be fired if they don't improve their marks over time. More

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Gov. Cuomo's education commission: Still missing the who, when and what
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So the governor spoke — and left many fresh questions about his intentions in the area of education in the wake of his State of the State address. Someone from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's inner circle had leaked to The Daily News that he intended to form a commission to look into student achievement and school accountability. Perhaps that is because the governor was to make educational issues such a small part of his annual state address. More

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Connecticut school funding changes examined
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A panel created by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to study how public school districts share in state education grant money is considering some major changes, including using more accurate data to determine a city or town's wealth and poverty level, and ultimately how much funding they receive. More

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Rise in Spanish speakers has school trying to adapt
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VideoBrief Year over year, the number of Spanish-speaking kindergarteners at Vardaman Elementary School in northeast Mississippi has been on the rise. Census numbers show the South has the fastest-growing Hispanic population in the country. Now, Vardaman Elementary is about to become Mississippi's first predominantly Latino primary school, and that's posing special challenges when it comes to finding teachers who can help Spanish-speaking students adapt to the American classroom. More

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