Education Week - January 8, 2014 - (Page 1)

EDUCATIONWEEK VOL. 33, NO. 15 * JANUARY 8, 2014 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2014 Editorial Projects in Education * $4 BREAKING NEWS DAILY State Legislators Fire Up Engines Common Core Likely Flash Point By Andrew Ujifusa State legislators begin their 2014 sessions this month grappling with the best way forward on the Common Core State Standards in a tricky political climate, with a majority of governors and lawmakers up for election in the fall. For many states, this year will be a key juncture for decisions about the standards-and related exams-before their full weight is felt in classrooms, district offices, and state education departments in the 2014-15 school year. Many lawmakers will be working to help ensure that state accountability and assessment systems lead to students who are better prepared for study and work after high school, said Jeremy Anderson, the president of the Denver-based Education Commission of the States. "For many governors, this transition from secondary to postsecondary is all about the future of the workforce in their states," he said. But the large slate of elections this year, including gubernatorial contests in 36 states and legislative races in 46, could tamp down many lawmakers' PAGE 18 > NEW ERA: Incoming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio listens as Carmen Fariña, his appointee as schools chancellor, speaks during a news conference at a middle school in Brooklyn last week. Ms. Fariña is the first educator in more than 12 years to lead the district. PAGE 6 INDUSTRY & INNOVATION InBloom Sputters As Data Privacy Hits the Spotlight By Ben Kamisar The education nonprofit inBloom burst onto the scene last February, touting a program to synthesize student data to help target the needs of individual children and revolutionize personalized learning. Backed by $100 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the company formed partnerships with nine states that together have more than 11 million students. But instead of leading a nationwide movement to improve the use of student data, inBloom has sputtered. Six states initially listed as partners with inBloom dissolved their relationships with the company, leaving only Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York-and those ties are now uncertain. The state school board in Illinois recently announced that districts' use of inBloom was optional, plans to move forward in Massachusetts are unclear, and a lawsuit threatens inBloom's plans PAGE 13 > CLOUD COMPUTING: Storing data in the "cloud" raises security concerns. PAGE 9 The Rainey family listens, as Emily Rainey, center, presents a speech on what she has learned at Da Vinci Innovation Academy, a charter in the Los Angeles area exclusively for home-schooled students. Inspections Piloted for Teacher Prep By Stephen Sawchuk A handful of states and universities are piloting British-style inspections to get a better sense of how their teacher-preparation standards are playing out in lecture halls and K-12 classrooms. It's the latest attempt to crack a difficult nut that has generated increasing policy interest: what's really happening on the ground in preparation programs and how the training can be strengthened. Four institutions, two each in New Mexico and Texas, participated this fall in inspections of their elementary education programs, which were conducted with the aid of a British inspectorate, the Tribal Group. Though small in scale, the initiative will expand next Student Views Shifting On Risks of Marijuana year, in what's likely to trigger closer scrutiny of U.S. states' ill-understood, frequently obscure processes for approving teacher-preparation programs. "You can read the tea leaves," said Michael A. Morehead, the dean of the college of education at New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, which took part in the inspection. "With all of the national rhetoric, there will be much more of an emphasis in the next three to five years on ways to determine whether teacher ed. programs are of appropriate quality." Although it's early yet, participating universities say they've found the inspections, which focus particularly on the quality of instruction in coursework and studentPAGE 10 > By Evie Blad Campaigns in individual states to legalize marijuana use may be contributing to a drop in the percentages of teenagers nationwide who see risk in regular use of the drug and to an increase in its use by students themselves, public-health leaders say. Experts say that shifting attitudes about the drug complicate schools' drug-abuse-prevention classes, where teachers must navigate conflicts between state and federal drug laws, disputes about the effects of marijuana, and, increasingly, a contrast between how marijuana is discussed in the classroom and how it is discussed in students' homes. The changes in students' attitudes toward marijuana were highlighted last month by findings from the National Institutes of Health's annual Monitoring the Future Survey, a nationally representative PAGE 10 > L.A. School Bridges Home-School Gap By Sarah D. Sparks Los Angeles It's a truism that a child's most important teacher is his or her parent, but one charter school here uses that mantra literally as a blueprint to reconnect one group of families that has become disengaged from public schools: home schoolers. The Da Vinci Innovation Academy draws home-schooled students who live within a 90-minute drive of Los Angeles International Airport. The school, a part- nership between the Da Vinci chartermanagement group and the Wiseburn school district, has developed intensive, connected parent-and-teacher professional development to help widely disparate students stay on the same page. "There are 270 kids attending DVIA, and they all have very different programs because every parent is seeing their role a little bit differently," said Tom R. Johnstone, Wiseburn's superintendent. The most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that roughly 3 percent of all school-age American children, or 1.77 million, were homeschooled in 2011. As the practice becomes PAGE 12 > David Walter Banks for Education Week Mark Lennihan/AP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - January 8, 2014

Education Week - January 8, 2014
State Legislators Fire Up Engines
Inspections Piloted for Teacher Prep
Student Views Shifting on Risks Of Marijuana
L.A. School Bridges Home-School Gap
InBloom Sputters as Data Privacy Hits the Spotlight
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Fariña to Lead N.Y.C. Public Schools
Judge Censures District’s Use of ‘Hess Report’
Los Angeles, D.C. Outshine Urban Peers in NAEP Gains
Blogs of the Week
Cloud Computing Expands, Raising Data-Privacy Concerns
Congressional Appropriators Turn To K-12 Spending Details
Rural Districts Win Big in Race To Top Awards
States Split Latest Pot of Early-Learning Aid
Blogs of the Week
ERIC A. HANUSHEK: Why the U.S. Results on PISA Matter
ROBERT WEINTRAUB & DAVID WEINTRAUB: Why Arne Duncan’s PISA Comments Miss the Mark
JACK DALE: Learning From a Test
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
PETER W. COOKSON JR.: Looking for Equity on the Yellow School Bus

Education Week - January 8, 2014