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BLOGS 'Common Core Is Dead' or Not: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR THE COMMON GET THE COMMON CORE TRAINING YOU NEED ASCD, the Common Core State Standards' implementation leader, presents in-depth professional learning opportunities to help you implement the new standards in your school or district. Register for an ASCD Professional Development Institute near you, and explore what matters to you most! Lead the Change to Common Core State Standards: Get Essential Tools for School and District Leaders Come to this two-day Institute to discover how to lead staff in implementing the new standards. JANUARY 16-17, 2014 New Orleans, LA JANUARY 27-28, 2014 Nashville, TN FEBRUARY 3-4, 2014 Las Vegas, NV FEBRUARY 5-6, 2014 Honolulu, HI Implementing the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy Focus Come to this one-day Institute and learn key concepts, including close reading of multiple kinds of texts for multiple purposes, clustering of standards, and how to address reading and writing across the curriculum. FEBRUARY 3, 2014 Honolulu, HI FEBRUARY 5, 2014 Las Vegas, NV Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core Develop a formative assessment action plan designed to meet the challenges of the new standards with this one-day Institute. JANUARY 28, 2014 Nashville, TN Common Core and the Understanding by Design® Framework: Planning Units with the End in Mind Attend this two-day Institute and learn how to design new Common Core aligned curriculum using the renowned Understanding by Design (UbD™) framework. JANUARY 14-15, 2014 New Orleans, LA FEBRUARY 3-4, 2014 Honolulu, HI Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Mathematics Focus Learn about unpacking standards for units, clustering standards to form manageable units, writing scope and sequences for school districts, and making the instructional shifts needed for new assessments at this one-day Institute. FEBRUARY 5, 2014 Honolulu, HI FEBRUARY 6, 2014 Las Vegas, NV What Did Huckabee Mean? | STATE ED WATCH_News | One of the more prominent conservative defenders of the Common Core State Standards has been former Arkansas governor and one-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Just to use one example, he told listeners on his radio show with former Michigan Gov. John Engler on May 1 that conservatives in particular should be fans of the standards, not opponents. On his Fox News show on Dec. 8, Huckabee argued that when the common core started out as a state-led initiative to boost K-12 standards, it was a great idea. But he said he doesn't like how the standards are being implemented nor some of the "agenda driven" curricula that's been developed for them. (He didn't specify what agenda is being driven.) Huckabee also said the common core has been used inappropriately to justify collecting student data, although beyond general allusions to fears about the federal government getting its hands on that data, he didn't specify what's been inappropriate. He called for the term "common core" to disappear from the education lexicon, but said states shouldn't back away from high standards: "Common core is dead, but common sense should not be." Now, what did Huckabee tell the Council of Chief State School Officers in November? Not quite the same thing. He was consistent in expressing concern that the name itself is now politically toxic. But his line to the chiefs on the common core was "Rebrand it, refocus it, but don't retreat." That's different from "Common core is dead." He also didn't tell the state chiefs he was dissatisfied with the implementation, such as the curricula being used with common standards. Huckabee's comments leave some room for interpretation as to his exact level of support for the standards. But the phrase "Common core is dead" is a stark contrast to what he talked about with Engler on his radio show back in May. U.S. Department of Education Still Not an Awesome Place to Work | POLITICS K-12_News | The U.S. Department of Education isn't anywhere near the best place to work in the federal government, but it's getting better. In 2003, the agency received a job-satisfaction score of 53.8 (out of 100). Now, the score is 57.6, and it ranked 18th out of 23 midsize agencies in terms of the best places in the federal government to work, according to 2013 rankings from the Partnership for Public Service. The department's general upward trend (despite a low-morale dip in 2012) comes as overall satisfaction in midsize agencies has been declining since 2010. The Education Department ranks above the Small Business Administration and the National Labor Relations Board, among others, for job satisfaction. The No. 1 midsize agency: the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Compared with 2003, department employees are giving the agency- and their boss, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan-higher marks for providing effective leadership and fostering teamwork. Generally, among all midsize agencies, Education Department officials seem to be fairly satisfied with their pay. But it's important to note the survey was done before the October government shutdown. -MICHELE McNEIL Kentucky Panel's Proposal Could Take Truancy Offenses Out of Court | RULES FOR ENGAGEMENT_News | A Kentucky task force has recommended reducing the state's youth-incarceration rate in part by developing a new system that relies on community programs and parent involvement for dealing with offenses like truancy. The Bluegrass State is one of many that have considered proposals to reduce youth incarceration, such as increased funding of crimeprevention efforts, new youth-mentoring programs, and a narrowing of "zero tolerance" policies in schools. Many state efforts focus largely on "status offenses" like skipping REGISTER TODAY! WWW.ASCD.ORG/CCPDI 1-800-933-2723 OR 1-703-578-9600, THEN PRESS 1 8 | EDUCATION WEEK | January 8, 2014 | school, which are only prohibited because of the offender's age. If Kentucky lawmakers act on the task force's report, released last month, changes could take discussions of many offenses out of the courtroom, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The sticking point for some state legislatures has been increased costs on the front end for some programs. But those costs are far outweighed by the eventual savings that come from reducing incarceration rates, supporters of such changes have said. State-level changes to juvenile-justice efforts could be particularly noticeable in schools because truancy cases typically make up a large portion of overall status offenses, according to a recent report by the Vera Institute of Justice. -ANDREW UJIFUSA -EVIE BLAD http://WWW.ASCD.ORG/CCPDI http://WWW.ASCD.ORG/CCPDI http://WWW.ASCD.ORG/CCPDI

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