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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

In D.C., where charter schools are proliferating and just 25 percent of students go to neighborhood schools, officials are bringing the equivalent of college placement counselors into middle schools to help students apply to high schools that will in turn help them get into college. The Washington Post

Imagine a public high school in Philadelphia where class sizes are small, test scores are high, and violent incidents are almost non-existent. Now imagine that school – the week before school starts – is still begging for more students to enroll. That’s the scenario for what parents call one of the Philadelphia School District’s “best-kept secrets.” NewsWorks

Why don’t more men go into teaching? Across the country, teaching is an overwhelmingly female profession, and in fact has become more so over time. More than three-quarters of all teachers in kindergarten through high school are women, according to Education Department data. The New York Times

A reverse decision to remove all testing tied to the Common Core in one Florida school district reignited the debate over the standards — and put the issue front and center in the governor’s race and observers say it could present a challenge for Governor Rick Scott. The Tampa Bay Times

As more school leaders recognize technology’s potential to help personalize instruction, ed-tech providers are developing products that can quickly zero in on a student’s unique learning needs and deliver lessons to address these needs. Here are several new products with this goal in mind. eSchoolNews

A California university program has received the seal of approval for its K-12 and college STEM-related courses, allowing students to use the grades they earn in those classes to help prove they’ve fulfilled some of the admission requirements for the University of California. The Journal

Given the fast past with which technology evolves, it’s not entirely a huge stretch to say that a new learning tool could transform classrooms within a year. eSchoolNews considers the top technology predictions for tomorrow’s classrooms.

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