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Morning Announcements: Department of Education Unveils Preliminary Rules to Improve Teacher Preperation

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November 26, 2014 11:18 am


The U.S. Department of Education announced preliminary rules on Tuesday requiring states to develop rating systems for teacher preparation programs that would track a range of measures, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates and the academic performance of their students. The New York Times

The federal proposal, which would require programs to track data on their graduates that includes job placement and the performance of students those graduates eventually teach, has drawn mixed reactions from teacher organizations.

Seven No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver states that have stayed on track with their teacher-evaluation systems will be eligible to apply for the longest possible waiver renewal, under a special, expedited process. Politics K-12 – Education Week

Mississippi has long ranked near the bottom of the states in educational performance. In a bid to change that, 21 school districts are suing the state for more than $200 million in education funding. The money could allow the school to hire more teachers and decrease class sizes, which would make it easier for the kids to get their wiggles out. NPR

L.A. Unified District has adopted an online Stanford University curriculum for history, a program that has been heralded for turning students into sleuths, not passive recipients of a lecture. The LA Times

Twenty-five of New York City’s top high schools are now admitting more students with disabilities, a new enrollment analysis shows. Chalkbeat NY

Technology is often heralded for personalizing learning. But what has edtech done for students with disabilities, who may need personalized education the most? edSurge

Which education game will serve as a touchstone for today’s students? Their games are far flashier than that pioneering classic. Advances in technology, and an influx of computers and other devices in schools, have ushered more choices for parents, educators and students. The Hechinger Report



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