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NEWSINBRIEF Former Atlanta Educators Plead Guilty Over Cheating Eight former educators indicted in Atlanta's sprawling cheating case have pleaded guilty in recent weeks, many of them admitting to lesser charges in exchange for their pleas. A Fulton County, Ga., grand jury indicted 35 educators last spring- including Beverly Hall, the former superintendent-in a conspiracy case that accused them of changing students' standardized-test scores or giving students answers in an attempt to enhance the district's academic performance. Ms. Hall, a former national superintendent of the year, still faces multiple criminal charges, including racketeering. Many of those who were charged received hundreds of thousands of dollars in performance bonuses that were based on the fraudulent scores. -LESLI A. MAXWELL U.S. House Leaders Request Report on IDEA Paperwork House education committee lead- ers have asked the Government Accountability Office to find out which parts of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act create the most paperwork for schools and to figure out why no state has taken advantage of paperwork-reduction pilot programs written into the law when it was reauthorized nearly 10 years ago. U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the committee, and Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., made the request in a letter last month. The letter also said that nothing ever came of a provision that allows the U.S. Department of Education to create model forms for individualized education programs. -CHRISTINA A. SAMUELS National-Board Certifications Continue to Drop Off The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has announced that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013-down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008. VIRTUAL LEARNING Kolton Kincaid, on screen, chats with Jonathan Carlson, during lunch at Haven High School in Haven, Kan. Mr. Kincaid is able to attend classes at the school via a tablet mounted on a cart. The 16-year-old controls the robotic device from Denver, where he is in rehabilitation after an accident. Washington state had the most new certifications in 2013, with 516. New Hampshire was the only state last year with no teachers attaining the voluntary national credential. The board has hit some road- blocks over the past few years, including states' scaling-back of financial incentives for teachers to earn its certification and a growing policy emphasis on student achievement rather than professional credentials. -LIANA HEITIN D.C. Discloses Mistakes In 'Value Added' Scores Errors were made in calculating

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