Afternoon Announcements June 30, 2014

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 U.S Department of Education weighs in on NCLB waivers


The U.S. Department of Education promises a more stringent process the next time around for states using the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver, after several states struggle to turn around low-performing schools under the waiver EdWeek Politics K-12

Parents are facing some challenges when it comes to helping their students with math homework following states adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). But  officials urge parents to ‘hang in there’ for what will likely be the best year in math their student has ever had. The New York Times

Teachers’ unions applauded the increased emphasis of on-the-job training for teachers and principals in preparation programs that’s included in Senate Democrats’ proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) – which the Alliance called for in its proposal for the HEA –  but reject others from the revamped act. Education Week Politics K-12

DC Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s efforts to expand the number of schools with longer days has been met with resistance from the teachers union. The Washington Post

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Afternoon Announcements June 27, 2014

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June 27, 2014 02:30 pm

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Chicago and New York Libraries aim to increase Wi-Fi for low-income families


A petition from members of the Oklahoma State Board of Education, as well as parents and teachers, asks the state’s highest court to throw out a law signed by Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this month that repealed the Common Core State Standards.  EdWeek

With new funding, the public library systems in New York and Chicago hope to expand Internet access among low-income families, increasing the number of Wi-Fi hot spots available. NPR

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s latest report on Anytime, Anywhere learning, which stresses how important internet access both inside and outside the classroom is for low-income students.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy committed an additional $15 million in spending to continue launching Common Core in Connecticut’s public schools on Thursday, saying the money is part of an effort to bring together teachers, parents and administrators to implement the new education standards. The Day

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Deeper Learning Digest: New book takes readers into schools transforming the experience of learning

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June 27, 2014 01:28 pm

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The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a bi-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.


DEEPER LEARNING How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century,” a new book by education strategist Monica Martinez takes readers inside eight schools that are redefining the learning experience for students who share the urgent desire to thrive in the college and career worlds. Co-authored with sociologist Dennis McGrath, Deeper Learning highlights schools and practices meant to empower both the student and the educator. The New Press

Researchers at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) are documenting the success of low-income students and students of color to close the achievement gap between themselves and their advantaged peers. Four traditionally underserved schools in Northern California are showing improvement in the face of more personalized, hands-on and group based learning.  SCOPE

The roles race, class and opportunity play for students in deeper learning:  Minnesota 2020 Hindsight

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Afternoon Announcements June 26, 2014

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June 26, 2014 02:17 pm

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Questions over the protection of student data continue as more districts turn to cloud services EdSurge. The Alliance’s Tom Murray testified before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee and Committee on Homeland on the issue of student data and privacy. Read his full testimony on the issues: 

Reports have found that just simply placing a student in front of a high speed computer, or giving them the latest tablet won’t ensure they actually succeed and get the most out of educational technology. The digital divide faced by many low-income and minority students needs more in the way of computer literacy  – such as the Common Core State Standards or a Comprehensive Digital Infrastructure – than a digital device on its own can offer. The Hechinger Report

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Afternoon Announcements June 25, 2014

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June 25, 2014 12:11 pm

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Louisiana officials move ahead with Common Core, Congress debates Higher Education Act


The Louisiana Board of Regents move forward with plans to train educators to teach the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in spite of Governor Bobby Jindal’s recent pledge to remove the new learning initiative from schools in the state. The Washington Post

House Republicans and Senate Democrats can’t seem to agree on what is best for the pending reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) as the two sides unveiled dueling legislation Tuesday. While considering higher education funding and spending, the Alliance asks that Congress also consider the best ways to prepare educators via the HEA, which funds programs that train the nation’s teachers. Read our recommendations to congress.

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Afternoon Announcements June 24, 2014

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June 24, 2014 02:22 pm

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Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, is among those lending support the modernization of E-Rate proposed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. Multichannel News  Read Wise’s full response to the FCC proposal here

New York state parents are preparing to challenge teacher tenure laws on the heels of the California verdict The Wall Street Journal

Indiana Superintendent and state board members prepare for June 30 deadline to report to the U.S. Department of Education following a 2-year waiver from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Law ChalkBeat

Study Finds teacher retention in Tennessee’s lower achieving schools may be tied to pay incentives Education Week

Other countries are testing students to see if they’re ready for the world, but why does testing students in U.S. public schools worry so many people? The Huffington Post

The Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) could be expanding to include 9th grade students in effort to help students who fall behind beyond the 8th grade assessment test Lafayette Journal & Courier

 

 

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Gov. Bob Wise featured on Bloomberg EDU, discusses Common Core State Standards and digital learning

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June 23, 2014 05:01 pm

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Last weekend, Alliance President Bob Wise appeared on Bloomberg EDU June 20 with host Jane Stoddard Williams to discuss the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), digital learning, and the state of the teacher profession in the United States.

Wise spoke of his piece in The Huffington Post about how inadequate state standards—and not money from Bill Gates—were the real driving force behind the CCSS, refuting the claims of a recent Washington Post article. He added that he is not surprised by political uproar that continues to surround the implementation of the CCSS, one that includes the recent statement by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to remove the standards from his state, but thinks the initiative will continue to move forward.

“I think at the end of the day as people look at the Common Core, look at what is sought to be accomplished and the improvements in student learning outcomes, I think that in five years people are going to say, ‘We all should be doing this,’” said Wise.

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Afternoon Announcements June 23, 2014

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June 23, 2014 02:43 pm

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FCC Chairman Wheeler releases E-Rate, Wi-Fi proposal


Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Tom Wheeler calls for $1 Billion to close the Wi-Fi gap for over 10 million students in his proposal to reform E-rate. Federal Communications Commission Read President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia Bob Wise’s response to Wheeler’s letter

What every student and teacher needs to know about their digital citizenship eSchoolNews

Montgomery County, MD schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr presents a plan for more experts and help for struggling students in efforts to boost high school math performances The Washington Post

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Afternoon Announcements June 20, 2014

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June 20, 2014 12:19 pm

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The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on Common Core standards. Associated Press

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry released a pro-Common Core video Thursday, the day after Gov. Bobby Jindal announced plans to scrap the academic standards in the state. The Times-Picayune

After months of hearings, the two key lawmakers charged with overseeing the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in the U.S. Senate are beginning to stake out firmer positions on what they want to include in the massive law that governs colleges and universities. InsideHigherEd

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Afternoon Announcements June 19, 2014

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June 19, 2014 03:00 pm

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 School officials push digital learning; Mass. considers adopting the  PARCC test


Low expectations from teachers and a lack of parental involvement feed high dropout rates for Montgomery County’s Latino students, according to a new study. The Washington Post

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out our Core Matter blog series. The latest post from Delia Pompa, senior vice president for programs at the National Council of La Raza talks about the important role parents play in closing the educational gap for Latino students.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana announces he would seek to end the state’s involvement with the Common Core State Standards. Some officials have vowed to resist Jindal’s move. Politico

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