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Afternoon Announcements: Maryland delays test requirement for graduation

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October 30, 2014 01:45 pm

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The Maryland State Board of Education voted on Tuesday for a two-year delay in requiring that high school students pass new standardized tests in order to graduate. Under the new plan, students still will have to pass English 10 and Algebra I courses to graduate, but will not have to pass the tests, state officials said. The Washington Post

There is no question that some teachers, principals, and district leaders have made considerable progress in using technology to transform learning. But here exists a major challenge: Few school systems have found a way to create a sustainable, digitally-enabled “ecosystem.”eSchoolNews

The Blueprint for College Readiness is a new report and online database released Wednesday by the Education Commission of the States that provides a national snapshot of how states are working to prepare students for college, with a look at where states stand in implementing what the report calls the 10 most “critical” policies that promote college readiness and success.

Leaders of school districts that expect to administer one of two major new standardized tests next spring linked to the Common Core math and reading standards are worried they don’t have enough computers, bandwidth or personnel to administer the new online exams, according to a survey of educators released Thursday. The Washington Post

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a collaboration with The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to develop practical ideas and classroom activities to help teachers respond to the changing educational landscape and implement effective teaching strategies for the Common Core math curriculum. The Journal

In New York City, 50 new principal-assistant principal pairs will take over low-performing city schools over the next three years through the academy’s new “teaming” program. Each pair will receive training, three years of coaching, and help creating school-improvement plans from the NYC Leadership Academy. Chalkbeat NY

While officials say changes are on the way for New York City’s public school discipline system, months of silence from the has led the New York Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups to take their frustrations public. Chalkbeat NY

The state teachers union is joining the city’s union in asking the court to toss out a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure laws in New York State. The motion, filed by New York State United Teachers, claims that the plaintiffs do not have standing to bring their suit because only one parent claims to have a child in an ineffective teacher’s classroom. Chalkbeat NY

Lawyers representing Fairfax County public schools filed motions to dismiss and split up a federal lawsuit against the school system and a principal who teachers allege discriminated against them based on religious affiliation, gender and race. The Washington Post

Tennessee’s first Common Core-aligned standardized assessment will most likely be developed by Measurement Incorporated, according to a letter from Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman to the five testing vendors who vied for the state’s contract. Chalkbeat TN

Taylor Swift is giving back to her new adopted hometown.  The singer announced today that she’s donating the proceeds from the sale of her single, “Welcome to New York,” to New York City Public Schools. Associated Press

Ryan Imbriale, executive director of digital learning for Baltimore County Public Schools, discusses how his district planned its 1-to-1 rollout for 18 months before devices were distributed to a select group of early adopters. The Journal

Two Schools, North Miami Beach Senior High School and Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet, have received $45,000 each in technology grants as the winners of the Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes. The winning schools were selected randomly from among 417,000 entrants. The Journal

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