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Posted: April 13, 2018 01:06 pm

Federal Flash: Updates on ESSA State Plans, School Safety, the Nation’s Report Card, and New Federal Data on Digital Access

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April 13, 2018 01:06 pm
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This week’s Federal Flash checks in on the U.S. Education Department’s approval of state plans created under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), plus the first meeting of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s Federal Commission on School Safety. It also covers new federal reports on internet access, school discipline, and the latest results from the Nation’s Report Card in math and reading.

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Federal Flash
Posted: April 11, 2018 12:53 pm

Nation’s Report Card Shows Little Progress in Reading and Math—Except On This Measure

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April 11, 2018 12:53 pm
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Although the nation’s eighth graders show a slight improvement in reading, their math scores remain basically unchanged since 2015, according to results released April 10 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Fourth-grade scores in reading and math also remain flat since 2015. Education observers seized on the flat scores and achievement gaps that failed to narrow. There is, however, one important component of NAEP that has improved over the years: a decrease in the percentage of students who score at NAEP’s lowest achievement level, “below basic.”

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Achievement Gap
Posted: April 11, 2018 09:43 am

New Report on Student Internet Access at Home Shows Persisting Digital Divide

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April 11, 2018 09:43 am
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A long-awaited report on access to digital learning hit the newsstands last week with a familiar headline: a digital divide, known as the homework gap in education circles, persists, especially for students of color, students from low-income families, and students in rural areas.

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Digital Equity, E-Rate
Posted: April 06, 2018 02:28 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Highlights From Deeper Learning 2018

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April 06, 2018 02:28 pm
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Did you miss the Deeper Learning 2018 conference in sunny San Diego last week? We have the highlights, including key takeaways and a deeper dive into this “powerful adult learning” opportunity from Getting Smart. Plus, news on Louisiana’s proposal to join six other states and pilot a new, innovative, high-quality assessment under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: March 27, 2018 10:36 am

How the Omnibus Spending Bill Promotes School Safety, Education Technology, Personalized Learning, Deeper Learning, and the Science of Adolescent Learning

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March 27, 2018 10:36 am
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Last week, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that will fund the federal government until September 30. This omnibus spending bill, officially named the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018, provided nearly $70.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Education (ED), an increase of $3.9 billion over the fiscal year 2017 funding level. In this blog post, we highlight how educators can use money from the spending bill to promote school safety, the effective use of technology, personalized learning, deeper learning, and the science of adolescent learning.

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Deeper Learning, Education Technology, Personalized Learning, School Safety, Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning
Posted: March 14, 2018 09:54 am

The Alliance for Excellent Education’s Statement on Gun Violence in America’s Schools and Communities

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March 14, 2018 09:54 am
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If there are two places where children should feel safe in America, it is in their homes and schools. Unfortunately, for too many of the nation’s children, their classrooms have become killing zones. It does not matter the grade level or state; first graders in Connecticut and community college students in Oregon alike are victims of mass school shootings. No community—large, small, urban, rural, or suburban—is immune to the rash of gun-related violence. Unless the nation acts, these tragic incidents that murder our children will continue to occur.

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School Climate
Posted: March 12, 2018 11:50 am

Governors Call Education the Key to a Strong Economy and Better Lives

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March 12, 2018 11:50 am
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What better way to wrap up the 2018 state of the state addresses than to focus on governors calling education the key to a strong economy and a pathway towards better lives for Americans?

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Arkansas, Career & Technical Education, Career and Technical Education, Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
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