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June 02, 2015 12:34 pm
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Core of the Matter: The Critical Role of the Common Core in Dropout Prevention (#CoreMatters)

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), when implemented fully and effectively, will ensure that all students graduate prepared for college and career. Implicit in this statement is the part about students actually graduating. The CCSS may not be thought of as “dropout prevention,” but they are. Not only can the standards increase the number of students who graduate fully prepared for college and career, they also can improve school climate and reduce rates of school discipline, which are critical components of dropout prevention.

As a significant number of schools across the country struggle to provide a positive school climate and create and implement inclusive, equitable, and effective school discipline policies, they must recognize the role of student engagement in that process and that the CCSS are a big piece of the puzzle. Read Entire Post

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Achievement Gap, College & Career Readiness, Common Core, Common Core Equity Series, Common Core State Standards, High School Dropout Rates, High School Graduation Rates
Posted: July 02, 2015 03:45 pm

In Memoriam: Ron Thorpe, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards President and CEO

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July 02, 2015 03:45 pm
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The death of Ron Thorpe, president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) leaves much to mourn, but also much to celebrate about his life, as evidenced by the memorial page on the National Board’s website. Even more importantly, Ron leaves a legacy that will continue to advance the nation’s students and teachers.

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Posted: July 02, 2015 03:29 pm

The Daily Dish: Senate Set To Debate ESEA Rewrite July 7

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July 02, 2015 03:29 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


On Tuesday July 7, the U.S. Senate is expected to debate the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Politics K-12’s Laura Camera offered a preview of what to expect from the pending consideration in a recent article. Looking ahead, Camera says, “In general, expect a long debate, lasting at least through the week and potentially into the following week. After all, the last time the Senate got to cast a major federal K-12 vote was back in 2001, during the last reauthorization that resulted in the current iteration of ESEA, the No Child Left Behind Act. And that bill was on the floor for almost two months.”

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Accountability, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, No Child Left Behind
Posted: July 01, 2015 01:43 pm

The Daily Dish: FLOTUS Praises Career and Technical Education Programs

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July 01, 2015 01:43 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


An education beyond high school is vital in order for young people to compete in the global economy. That’s according to first lady Michelle Obama, who spoke to a group of students at the White House Tuesday about her Reach Higher initiative, aimed at inspiring every student to complete their education past high school. Obama stressed that Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are a viable option for students to gain professional skills in a high-demand field at a fraction of the time and cost of a four-year college.

“[CTE programs] are good for students because they can learn new skills and find their passion,” Obama said during her address. “They’re good for businesses because they can tap into a pipeline of skilled talent.  And they’re good for our country because these programs help us grow our economy, compete with other countries, and unleash the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.”

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High School Reform, Higher Education, Linked Learning, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: June 30, 2015 03:12 pm

The Daily Dish: Attendees Talk Education Technology At ISTE 2015

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June 30, 2015 03:12 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


Teachers, policymakers, educators, and others with an interest in technology in education have gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo. While technology is all the buzz among much of the conversations and workshops at ISTE, some in attendance are stressing the importance of other factors that contribute to successfully integrating technology into the classroom.

Ed Tech K-12’s D. Frank Smith summarized Sunday’s opening keynote from broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, in which O’Brien asserted that educators should look at technology in the classroom as  “a means to an end — not an end itself.” Smith writes that during her speech, O’Brien explained to those in attendance that technology can “expand students’ horizons by immersing them in different vocational opportunities,” but those possibilities cannot happen without widening access.

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Education Technology, Future Ready, Technology, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: June 29, 2015 04:53 pm

The Daily Dish: Duncan Lays Out “Educational Rights” at National PTA Conference

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June 29, 2015 04:53 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


There are many vital components that help foster a student’s academic achievement – including access to quality teachers and instruction, rigorous curriculum that prepares them for college and career, and the overall school environment in which they learn. During this new digital, “networked” age of learning U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan argues that it is a student’s right to have such things available in order to further his or her education.

During a speech at the 2015 National Parent Teacher Association Convention and Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duncan described what he called a set of “educational rights” which must belong to every family in America in order to give every child an equal opportunity to learn. In addition to a strong parental involvement, Duncan concluded these rights – free quality preschool, affordable quality college and high, challenging standards in a well-resourced school – “come together as a set of rights that students must have at three pivotal stages of their life, to prepare them for success in college and careers and as engaged, productive citizens.”

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Posted: June 26, 2015 02:38 pm

The Daily Dish: Common Core Summit Gives California Teachers the Chance to Share Ideas

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June 26, 2015 02:38 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


Many schools and districts across the country have fully implemented the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English and mathematics, but there is still much to be learned – by teachers and students – on the how to ensure the implementation is successful in preparing students for college and career.

This week, Katherine Ellison of EdSource, examined a new Common Core summit initiative that will allow teachers in the state to share with their peers the best practices they’ve pick up on while teaching the standards in their classroom. Ellison writes the July 31 event, “Better Together: California Teacher Summit,” is the work of a partnership between The New Teacher Center and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and California State University; it expects to host some 20,000 pre-K-12 teachers leading and attending workshops at 33 colleges and universities.

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California, Common Core, Common Core State Standards, New York, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: June 25, 2015 03:13 pm

The Daily Dish: Improving WiFi Access for Rural and Low-Income Students

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June 25, 2015 03:13 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


This month the Obama Administration ConnectED plan to provide 99 percent of the nation’s students with next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries within five years, celebrates its second year. A press release from the White House on the anniversary of ConnectED notes the great strides that have been made to reach that goal – including the modernization of E-rate and the Future Ready Schools initiative. Still, there is work to be done in order to provide internet connectivity for all students, especially those from low-income and rural areas.

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Connected Learning, E-Rate, Education Technology, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Technology, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: June 24, 2015 02:51 pm

The Daily Dish: Seven States and D.C. Receive NCLB Waiver Renewals

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June 24, 2015 02:51 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


Seven states and the District of Columbia were granted multiple year waiver renewals Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Education from a number of provisions under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A press release on the Department of Education’s (ED) website says Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Missouri, Kansas, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia were granted renewals as an effort to provide them with “stability as they continue to work on preparing all students for success in college, careers and life.” These states join Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia, which were granted renewals in March. More renewals are expected in the coming weeks.

“The last six years have seen dramatic progress for America’s school children,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the press release. “The high school dropout rate is down, and graduation rates are higher than they have ever been. As a result of our partnerships with state and district leaders to couple flexibility with reform, we are seeing remarkable strides and bold actions to improve student outcomes.”

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Elementary & Secondary Education Act, NCLB Waivers, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: June 23, 2015 05:28 pm

The Daily Dish: Improving Teaching and Student Learning Through the Effective Use of Technology

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June 23, 2015 05:28 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


With the twelfth of thirteen Future Ready Schools regional summits wrapping up today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the talk around how to improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology continues to grow.

In a Q & A with Remake Learning’s Kathleen Costanza, Alliance for Excellent Education president and former governor of West Virginia Bob Wise spoke on the importance of the Future Ready initiative and what the “end game” for the summits and education leaders in attendance would be once they have integrated what they learn over the two-days in their schools. Future Ready summits have hosted some 1,700 school district leaders thus far and almost 2,000 superintendents have taken the Future Ready pledge.

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Posted: June 22, 2015 02:19 pm

The Daily Dish: Achieving College and Career Readiness with the Common Core

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June 22, 2015 02:19 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed five years ago in response to mounting evidence and feedback from colleges and universities, employers, and the military that many high school graduates were unprepared for success in college and a career. Now, as many schools across the country have fully implemented the K–12 grade level standards in English and mathematics, schools and districts are working to ensure students truly reach readiness.

In an article for The New York Times, Kate Taylor examines how schools across the country are working to satisfy the CCSS English requirements’ call for more nonfiction reading for students. As Taylor notes, the new standards require that 70 percent of what a 12th grader reads during the day be nonfiction, or “informational.” She adds that the change was included in the standards under the rationale that “…most of what students will be expected to read in college and at work will be informational, rather than literary, and that American students have not been well prepared to read those texts.”

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College & Career Readiness, Common Core, Common Core State Standards
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