Federal Flash: In Congressional Testimony, Was DeVos’s Response Against the Constitution?

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May 24, 2018 03:14 pm

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It was a busy week on Capitol Hill – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified in the House, but did one of her answers violate the Constitution? And could a $100 billion plan from congressional Democrats bring relief to striking teachers?

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How Student Voice Can Inform Assessment for Learning in Schools

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May 22, 2018 01:51 pm

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)

Schools often consult outside experts to help them enhance their curriculum or improve student outcomes, using the latest and greatest assessment tools in hopes of seeing a difference in student outcomes. But there is an easily accessible support available to teachers that taps resources sitting right in their classrooms—their students.

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High School Graduation Rates and Their Effect on the American Economy

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May 21, 2018 02:33 pm

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How does an individual’s decision to drop out of high school affect the rest of us? And, conversely, how does a student graduating from high school benefit all of us?

Those were the questions the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) sought to answer when it began working on an economic model that would demonstrate the economic impact of a 90 percent high school graduation rate.

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Economic Impacts, High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement

How Building and Using Assessments for Learning Support the Entire Education System

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May 10, 2018 11:06 am

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)

It was a difficult case, but one I am sure school district leaders across the country know all too well. Despite the best efforts of its staff, one specific demographically diverse middle school—full of bright, spirited adolescents—struggled to meet expectations on its state summative assessments. And I, a district instructional specialist, was tasked with turning this around.

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Assessments, Deeper Learning

The Role of Race and Sex in School Discipline

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May 09, 2018 01:04 pm

Skyline High School in Oakland, California. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)

“Students who are suspended from school lose important instructional time, are less likely to graduate on time, and are more likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the juvenile justice system.”

That finding comes from a March 2018 report from the Government Accountability Office—often referred to as the government’s watchdog.

So if the research on the negative effects of school suspensions is so clear, why aren’t more schools reconsidering the practice, especially considering very troubling data indicating that black students, boys, and students with disabilities are disproportionately subject to discipline practices?

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Discipline, Students of Color

School Districts Identify Three Large Barriers to Offering Career and Technical Education to High School Students

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May 08, 2018 12:16 pm

MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)

New data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides a closer look at access and barriers to career and technical education (CTE) offerings in public high schools across the country. Here is the good and bad news from the findings for the 2016-17 school year.

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A Real Crime: The Human Cost of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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May 07, 2018 02:36 pm

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“When I was 12 years old, I was really shy. I was just a normal little girl who was excited about middle school.”

So begins Gloria’s story about waiting in the lunch line when another student cut in front of her — and picked a fight with her friends. In the aftermath, Gloria was expelled, typecast, and nearly lost to both herself and her community.

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Deeper Learning Digest: What Sharing Toys Has to Do with Deeper Learning

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May 04, 2018 09:10 am

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Ever wonder what sharing toys has to do with deeper learning? This week’s digest examines how to measure hard-to-measure skills such as social emotional and deeper learning skills. It also focuses on educational equity in deeper learning, personalized learning and student outcomes, and how one teacher switched to a student-centered approach to math instruction.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest, Personalized Learning