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Afternoon Announcements: D.C. Board of Education Delays Vote on More Flexible HS Grad Requirements

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December 18, 2014 02:01 pm

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The D.C. State Board of Education on Thursday night voted unanimously to table a vote on proposed revisions to graduation requirements that would create more flexible routes to a high school diploma, citing the need to give the community more time to respond. The Washington Post

In its inaugural data released Wednesday, California officials identified nearly 350,000 students in grades six through 12 who have attended California schools for seven years or more and are still not fluent in English. But a new law would require the stat e to define and identify a “long-term English learner,” the first effort in the nation to do so. The LA Times

U.S. News & World Report has used exclusive data to analyze how successful colleges and universities have been at graduating their low-income students compared with their overall student bodies. This analysis, according to U.S. News, measures the relative graduation rate performance of students who have received Pell Grants, which are federal financial aid awards for low-income families.

State finance officials last week granted the California Department of Education $3.4 million to fight a lawsuit that demands the state fix disruptive conditions in some high-poverty schools where students allegedly are being denied the fundamental right to an education. EdSource

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is backing off his call for the Legislature to repeal Common Core State Standards, saying he simply wants to insure there is no mandate they be used. In July, during his re-election campaign, Walker said then he wanted the standards replaced with something Wisconsin-specific. The Associated Press

The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning. The Washington Post

Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested Wednesday that he will not hold up his end of a much-touted bargain with the state teachers union to keep the use of student test scores from dragging down some teacher ratings. Chalkbeat NY

Candice McQueen, the newly appointed Commissioner of Education for Tennessee discussed her priorities for the future and several challenges facing the state, saying she feels every student deserves a great teacher. The Tennessean

Denver Public Schools officials say they are starting their search for curricular materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts all over again. Chalkbeat CO

Last month, Pearson unveiled new secondary social studies programs designed to engage every student in the love of history, geography, government, economics, and culture to provide a foundation for success in civic life as well as college and career. eSchoolNews

District of Columbia Public Schools has chosen a partner to develop items for its online social studies assessments of students in grades 6-8, which will be developing new items and test forms that will measure student mastery of required D.C. Social Studies Content Standards and specific Common Core standards. The Journal

New research from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) reveals that students who attend schools with a focus on deeper learning are more likely to graduate on time and demonstrate higher achievement and test scores, as well as an increased likelihood of college attendance. eSchoolNews

Today’s students are firmly entrenched in the digital world, both in class and out. Although they are digital citizens, they don’t always know what digital citizenship is.  Here are 13 resources to help teach digital citizenship. The Journal

 

 

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