Archive for May 2014 - Page 4

    • Lawmakers consider declaring facilities settlement paid

      (Calif.) Lawmakers are contemplating a proposal to summarily declare the landmark Williams’ school facilities settlement fulfilled even though plaintiffs might argue the state still owes hundreds of millions of dollars to low-income districts.

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    • Achievement gap widens between girls and boys

      (District of Columbia) It is widely accepted that student performance in middle school provides an accurate predictor of achievement in high school and college. Research is also clear that women now account for a larger share of the college population than men.

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    • Test system supported nearly 200k students online

      (Calif.) With nearly three-quarters of the state’s three million participating students having completed the inaugural field test of new Common Core-aligned assessments, early survey results show a majority of districts were satisfied with both the online testing system itself as well as training and resources available to educators administering the exams.

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    • New accountability system in Florida refocused on test scores

      (Fla.) In the closing days of session last month, lawmakers approved a simplification of the state’s school accountability system that reemphasizes student test scores as the primary measure of success.

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    • Bill would narrow bond use for school tech buys

      (Calif.) Using local school construction bonds to provide students with personal, portable computers would be banned under a bill by a lawmaker with close ties to the K-12 facilities world.

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    • States shift emphasis to career tech options

      (District of Columbia) In addition to the $250 million investment California is making for school-to-work grants to K-12 schools and community colleges, a number of other states have also made recent commitments to career technical education.

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    • Struggling L.A. schools seek larger class sizes

      (Calif.) Despite an improving economy and robust tax collections, the Los Angeles School District will petition the state to allow larger class sizes in some of its most under-performing schools through 2014-15.

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    • Accord on process for defining Common Core cut scores

      A big step in ensuring that new computer-based tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards will properly measure student achievement won passage last week by governing states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

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    • Brown wants K-12 seismic cash for other projects

      There’s not much love in Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014-15 budget for the state’s vast and aging network of school buildings – a stance not likely to change much when he rolls out his annual May revision later this month.

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    • RTTT winners still struggle with teacher evaluations

      (District of Columbia) Despite spending more than $5 billion in federal grants through the Race to the Top competition, only one state – Ohio – appears to have adopted all elements of the program’s teacher evaluation system.

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