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Afternoon Announcements: NY state releases half of Common Core test questions

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August 07, 2014 12:53 pm

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New York State’s Department of Education is giving the public a chance to view Common Core tests for itself,  releasing about half of the test questions that were used on this year’s math and English exams. Democrat and Chronicle

Former Atlanta-area teacher and Alliance intern Joshua Delaney posed two challenges to those  unfamiliar with the Common Core State Standards in the latest in our Core of the Matters series: Learn about the Common Core and read the Standards.

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in Maryland has implemented a new wireless network to support the growing number of personal and district-issued mobile devices and applications. The Journal

Consider this: Take two kids of the same age who grew up in the same city and ask yourself what factors will make the difference for each? Researchers at Johns Hopkins University who followed nearly 800 kids in Baltimore from first grade until their late-20s would say it comes down to socioeconomic status. NPR

Students Matter, the group behind the Vergara v. California tenure lawsuit, has joined the very similar legal battle over tenure underway in New York. ChalkBeat NY

A new study published in the American Educational Research Journal titled, College Selectivity and Degree Completion, takes a look at the theory of student “mismatching” when it comes to college selection, and suggests it might not have as great an impact on graduation rates as previously thought.  

The Alliance’s recent report on Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers, was featured Thursday in a Letter to the Editor which considers both the financial and academic costs of teacher attrition in the state of Florida. Bradenton Herald

Many districts with BYOD or 1-to-1 initiatives have implemented enterprise mobile device management (MDM) tools to help teachers manage their classrooms and online learning resources. The Journal

Video games as both tests and learning tools are exposing students to a new kind of interactive learning. NPR

Districts transitioning in the digital age have thousands of products and vendors to consider in the classroom. What’s the best way for them to decide on ed-tech resources?  eSchoolNews

 

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