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September 16, 2014 01:50 pm
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Core of the Matter: Coming to Terms with the Common Core (#CoreMatters)

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Accepting the reality of the Common Core State Standards has been difficult for many. Educators, government officials, parents and even students are all struggling with what the Common Core means.  It is rare that we have seen such controversy over setting new standards in our country. Remember the controversy over Beta vs. VHS, the universal switch to unleaded gas, or Blu-Ray as a standard for movies? Each of these standards took place with barely a whisper from the opposition. So, what brought the Common Core to the level of frustration people on all sides of the equation are feeling?

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Posted: September 22, 2014 12:25 pm

Afternoon Announcements: Secretary Duncan responds to Gov. Jindal’s Common Core lawsuit

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September 22, 2014 12:25 pm
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan mostly dismissed Gov. Bobby Jindal’s federal Common Core lawsuit against the Obama administration as petty politics during an interview with Yahoo! Screen. Click the embedded link to hear Duncan’s comments on a need to focus on what’s right for U.S. students.


As experience shows, simply purchasing and distributing tablets doesn’t mean students will be more engaged with their learning, and it doesn’t guarantee teachers will embrace tech-enabled instruction. Many factors contribute to the successful use of digital devices in the classroom. eSchoolNews

When the 2018-19 school year starts, every student in the Wausau School District in Wisconsin will receive some kind of portable computer device such as an iPad or Chromebook. But not before with dialing back a bit on the purchase of new devices over the next two years and focusing on training teachers to use the iPads and the like effectively, a necessary component to introducing technology to the classroom according to a recent study from the Alliance.

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Posted: September 19, 2014 12:07 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Why should education be one-size fits all?

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September 19, 2014 12:07 pm
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The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all deeper learning news. Please be sure to follow @deeperlearning on Twitter for more on deeper learning.


The 2014 PDK Gallup Poll of the public’s attitudes toward public schools found that roughly 60 percent of Americans said they opposed the Common Core State Standards, saying they felt the new standards would limit the flexibility a teacher has in the classroom. But Robert Rothman, senior fellow at the Alliance, argues that “schools have shown that the Common Core does not limit the kind of teaching they want to do to develop students’ deeper learning competencies; instead, the Standards encourage it.” Learning Deeply

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) provides some answers to whether or not technology can enable students at risk to develop high-level abilities. The report, Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning, notes that simply providing students with technology, or using computers as electronic worksheets, is not enough. Schools need to attend to how the technologies are used. Learning Deeply

Did you miss the Alliance’s Sept. 9 webinar, “Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Teaching and Learning,” featuring Monica Martinez? You can still check it out online to hear the discussion on Martinez’s new book that explores how schools are transforming teaching and learning to enable all students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need for the twenty-first century.

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Deeper Learning, Digital Learning, Equity, High School Reform
Posted: September 18, 2014 04:17 pm

Summit Public Schools: Another Face of Learning

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September 18, 2014 04:17 pm
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During recent trips to California, I visited a few Summit Public Schools’s high schools that incorporate much of what the Alliance for Excellent Education advocates. Common Core implementation. Deeper learning outcomes of creative thinking, collaboration, problem solving, and student self-reflection on their learning. Blended learning of teaching and technology. Thorough application of data. Competency-based advancement. A focus on a heterogeneous student body, including the most traditionally underserved students.

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College & Career Readiness, Deeper Learning, High School Reform, Secondary School Improvement
Posted: September 17, 2014 02:27 pm

Afternoon Announcements: Secretary Duncan talks NCLB waivers, Common Core

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September 17, 2014 02:27 pm
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During his recent back-to-south bus tour that spanned seven cities in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down with Education Week to discuss everything from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers for states to the growing debate over the newly implemented Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Check out what Sec. Duncan had to say on those and several other education tops. Campaign K-12: Education Week

States of education: In the second installment of the series, “The smartest kids in the nation,” chronicling how four high-performing or fast-improving states are making gains in education compared to the struggles in its own state of Michigan. MLive takes a look at the teaching efforts in Minnesota.

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago, according the Virginia Department of Education. The Washington Post

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to encourage more than 700,000 students with some college credit but no degree to return to school with a campaign slated to launch this week. State Impact

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Posted: September 16, 2014 02:50 pm

Afternoon Announcements: NY officials discuss allowing high schoolers to swap history Regents test for a career exam

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September 16, 2014 02:50 pm
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Starting next year, eRate applicants will be able to see how much other schools are paying for similar kinds of services, under one of many changes designed to keep costs down and simplify the nation’s school wiring program, offering greater transparency into eRate contracts that could lead to better pricing on telecommunications services, internet access, and internal connectivity for U.S. schools and libraries. eSchoolNews

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s recommendation for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the funding cap for the E-rate program.

The New York Board of Regents discussed reducing the number of Regents exams needed to graduate from high school from five to four on Monday.  Under one proposal, students would still have to pass a fifth exam, but they would be able to choose from a broad menu of tests in fields like culinary arts and carpentry. ChalkBeat NY

More than a third of states with waivers from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act say they want to take the U.S. Department of Education up on its recent offer to put off incorporating student test-scores into teacher evaluations until the end of this school year. Politics K-12 Education Week

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Posted: September 15, 2014 03:35 pm

Afternoon Announcements: More schools follow “BYOD” policies in efforts to boost digital education for students

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September 15, 2014 03:35 pm
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A recent debate sponsored by the organization Intelligence Squared U.S., tackle the growing debate over the Common Core State Standards. Check out the dialogue from the debate, “Embrace The Common Core,” which featured Carmel Martin, former assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education, and Mike Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

As school districts adopt curriculum and create lesson plans to meet Common Core State Standards, educators are moving beyond the strict memorization of multiplication and addition tables to ways aimed at helping students conceptualize math problems and how to adopt them to real-life situations. Green Bay Press Gazette

The idea of allowing students to use their own technology in schools to enhance academic instruction has increased in a number of school systems, including those in Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia, as educators look for ways to boost student tech use. The Washington Post

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s latest report, Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning, which considers how technology can close achievement gaps and improve learning outcomes for at-risk students.

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Posted: September 11, 2014 02:04 pm

Afternoon Announcements: Interactive technology ‘substantially improves’ academic achievement for underprivileged youth

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September 11, 2014 02:04 pm
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Interactive technology that allows students to create and explore substantially improves academic achievement, particularly for underprivileged youth, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education which reviewed more than 70 studies on the use of technology in the classroom. EdSource

About 70 percent of America’s elementary schools still rely on slow Internet connections. But in rural areas, the challenges—and costs—make getting broadband particularly complicated. How some districts are getting creative and skirting the digital divide. The Hechinger Report

D.C. is monitoring “in-seat attendance” — a measure that shows how many kids are actually present on any given day and it’s helping Public Schools and the D.C. charter school board figure out which schools have the biggest attendance challenges overall, and also flags days or weeks when attendance falls off. The Washington Post

Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music, it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years had a greater ability to process language. NPR

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Posted: September 10, 2014 12:32 pm

Afternoon Announcements: West Virginia starts a statewide efforts put personalized learning within students’ reach with Project 24

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September 10, 2014 12:32 pm
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Education leaders in West Virginia are moving forward with an ambitious plan to bring personalized learning to students in a statewide effort under the Alliance’s initiative Project 24. With all 55 counties in the state participating, every student in the state has a chance at experiencing purposeful and effective use of technology and digital learning.  eSchoolNews

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s Sept. 4 webinar, “West Virginia: First State to Implement Project 24 at the State Level to Personalize Learning for All Students” to learn more on the implementation of personalized learning in the state.

Most of the states that originally adopted the Common Core are standing by the standards as national debate rages on, though they’re calling them something different. The Common Core State Standards by any name still equips students with college and career readiness. The Washington Post

For more than a decade, Newsweek has published an annual list of America’s Top High Schools, ranked primarily according to a ratio of AP/IB exams to the number of students graduating. This year the publication released two lists – an absolute list and a relative list they’re calling “America’s Top High Schools for Low-Income Students.” Check out the two lists to see what high schools ranked.

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Posted: September 09, 2014 12:37 pm

Afternoon Annoucements: Secretary Duncan and First Lady stop in Atlanta for Dept. of Education’s “Partners in Progress” tour

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September 09, 2014 12:37 pm
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The U.S. Department of Education’s “Partners in Progress” back-to-school bus tour kicked off Monday with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visiting Spelman College, America’s first historically black college for women, in Atlanta. Duncan was joined by Michelle Obama at nearby Booker T. Washington High School, where the First Lady urged African American teenagers in a tough Atlanta neighborhood to push ahead with their studies and make it to college, whatever hardships they face on the way.

A number of elite colleges in the U.S. have changed policies and made compromises elsewhere to recruit the kind of talented low-income students who have traditionally excelled in high school but not gone to top colleges, recruiting a more economically diverse student body. The UpShot – The New York Times

A survey conducted by Harris Poll for Pearson found 90 percent of students said tablets will change the way they learn and 89 percent said the devices would make learning more fun. The survey also found 79 percent of student respondents said they felt the devices would help them do better in class. Check out the poll of some 2,252 students in grades 4-12 to see more results on their feelings towards mobile learning.  Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2014

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Posted: September 08, 2014 03:19 pm

Afternoon Announcements: D.C. gets one-year extentsion of its waiver from key parts of NCLB law

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September 08, 2014 03:19 pm
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The Obama administration on Friday approved the District’s request for a one-year extension of its waiver from key parts of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  The extension includes provisions that expand support for schools that are struggling the most and push back the use of science tests in determining a school’s performance. The Washington Post

For a number of students in California’s public schools, the implemented Common Core math standards are adding up to big changes in learning – which students calling the new lessons more fun and easier to learn. The SFGate

New Jersey continues a tug-of-war over implementing the Common Core State Standards. However, according to education official, lost in the controversy is a lack of understanding of the actual standards and the knowledge that the rigorous standards have been part of the state’s education landscape for nearly two decades. The NJ Spotlight

Officials in Philadelphia say the opening of three new high schools shows the troubled district is trying to innovate even while massive layoffs loom. The new schools are housed in existing buildings and aim to provide small, supportive environments. Superintendent William Hite will help unveil one called. The Huffington Post

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