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May 01, 2013 06:33 pm

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Indiana’s NCLB waiver eligibility is under question now that is has announced a ‘pause’ on implementing the Common Core State Standards. The state filed for its waiver saying it had adopted the Standards and joined a consortium developing aligned assessments. Politics K-12

The newest group of critics attacking the Common Core Standards are conservatives railing against the costs and impediment to local education decision-making. Some union leaders have come out against the Standards as well because of their perceived implications on teacher evaluations. Wall Street Journal

An interesting study at Stanford University School of Medicine finds that the size of certain areas of children’s brains predict how they’ll respond to math tutoring. The study found that the children’s IQ and math scores did not predict tutoring outcomes but brain scans from MRIs that measured the size of different areas of the brain, could. Pasadena Star News

The recent National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators Conference included a discussion on how to improve learning and student outcomes for English language learners. While the number of ELLs continues to grow, their progress stagnates in part because of a lack of access to the same courses and teachers as their English-speaking peers. Education Daily

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