Archive for March 2015 - Page 3

    • CA vs. feds on student testing back in play

      (Calif.) State officials acknowledged Tuesday sidetracking a request to be excused from federal accountability mandates, thus putting the ongoing saga between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration over student assessments back in the spotlight.

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    • Dynamic special ed plan demands Legislative attention

      For those who have been watching the process unfold and waiting for a call for comprehensive re-visioning of special education, the report from California’s statewide task force on the subject will not be a disappointment.

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    • Student health surveys: invasive and inappropriate?

      (Colo.) Colorado may become the fifth state in the nation to require schools obtain  active consent from parents before students take an anonymous public health survey regarding sexual practices and drug and alcohol consumption.

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    • State launches Common Core testing window

      (Calif.) At least some of the state’s 6.2 million K-12 students could begin taking the new computer-adaptive assessment aligned to the Common Core as early as today.

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    • School employees push back on medical services demands

      (D.C.) The severe lack of nurses in K-12 education combined with record increases in chronic health issues among students may have reached a tipping point as several professional organizations – including teacher and classified employee unions – have  called on  Congress to consider national rules for how schools provide care.

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    • CA’s computer ed specialists, almost 30 years behind

      (Calif.) In the late 1980s, when IBM was still a player in the desktop computing market and Apple’s primary product was still the Mac, state officials created a supplemental teaching authorization to cover the new emerging industry and unlikely as it might seem, it hasn't changed since.

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    • Wyoming flips in support of science Common Core

      (Wyo.) Convinced that new curriculum standards are the key to adequately preparing students for 21st century careers, Gov. Matt Mead on Tuesday signed legislation repealing a statewide ban on the Next Generation Science Standards.

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    • GOP targets teacher training as a state priority

      (Calif.) A new state priority promoting professional training for teachers would be added to the list of standards school districts must measure up to under a proposal released Wednesday as part of a GOP Assembly legislative package on education.

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    • Apps and “I agree” box raises concerns for schools

      (District of Columbia) It is both ubiquitous and overlooked – the terms of service contract that pops up and requires acceptance in order for an app to load. And it is of increasing concern to schools as more and more services are being marketed to K-12 students and their teachers.

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    • Number crunch defines first part of the LCAP rubric

      (Calif.) Numerical data on a wide array of topics – from facilities and teacher assignments to learning climate and test scores – would serve as the centerpiece of a performance rubric for analyzing how well schools are using new state money to educate students.

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