Education Week - January 21, 2015 - (Page 1)

Education WEEk Battle Lines Drawn on Annual Testing in ESEA Renewal VOL. 34, NO. 18 * JANUARY 21, 2015 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2015 Editorial Projects in Education * $4 BREAKING NEWS DAILY Assessments take spotlight in opening salvo on reauthorization By Alyson Klein & Lauren Camera Thirteen years after mandating high-stakes testing, Congress is kicking off its most serious attempt yet to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, with partisan wrangling over whether to ditch the law's signature schedule of annual assessments. But a closer look shows that, behind the scenes, the politics aren't so cut-and-dried. At center stage, it's largely been Democrats, especially U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, defending the yearly testing schedule in the current law, the No Child Left Behind Act. And Republicans, primarily Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee, are putting other options on the table, including giving all authority regarding testing to the states. Beyond the principal players, however, there's likely to be bipartisan support for backing away from annual assessments in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school and reducing the federal footprint in education-both longtime priorities of education organizations, including teachers' unions. There are "plenty of votes" on both sides of the aisle to dismantle the nclb law's testing regime, said Vic Klatt, a former aide to Republicans on the House education committee, who is now a principal at Penn Hill Group, a PAGE 22 > W.Va. Undoes Rewrite Of Climate Standards By Liana Heitin The West Virginia state board of education has drawn national attention for rewriting parts of the Next Generation Science Standards that mention climate change-and then voting last week to undo those edits after receiving pushback from scientists and educators. States' adoptions of the Next Generation standards have been slow and steady since they were finalized nearly two years ago. But in recent months, the standards' climatechange language has fueled pockets of controversy-in some ways echoing older debates over teaching evolutionary theory. In Wyoming, the legislature barred the standards' adoption through a budget bill last spring, with the representative who led that effort objecting to teaching global warming as a fact. But a recently proposed bill could soon PAGE 11 > PROMISE TO PAY: Michele Baker-Lindsay, center, a mentor with tnAchieves, meets with high school seniors at Rhea County High School in Evensville, Tenn. Tennessee's scholarship programs were a model for President Obama's community college proposal. PAGE 17 Educators Tend to Overlook Student Grief, Experts Say By Evie Blad Doctors Enlisted in Early-Literacy Campaign By Lillian Mongeau Oakland, Calif. Doctors are the newest group of proselytizers to join the national Too Small to Fail campaign encouraging parents to talk, read, and sing to their infants and toddlers as a key precursor to literacy. The American Academy of Pediatrics has long recognized the importance of telling parents to talk to and read with their children. But it has only recently begun advising its doctors to deliver that message for the first time at a child's two-month checkup. What has been less clear, and never studied systematically, is how to deliver that information in a way that sticks during the 12- to 18-minParents Confront Obstacles As School Choice Expands By Arianna Prothero In New Orleans, Denver, and the District of Columbia, it's the season when families must choose schools for next fall. But in those cities and others where traditional school boundaries are fluid and more charters and tuitionvoucher programs have entered the mix of K-12 options, ute visits physicians generally have with families for well-baby checkups. That's where Too Small to Fail comes in. Working closely with doctors in Oakland, Calif., and Tulsa, Okla., leaders of the nonprofit effort hope to prove that medical professionals can provide parents with the tools and information PAGE 14 > A teenage boy who survived a high-profile shooting was frequently missing school in the weeks after the incident. School counselors had worked with him to address the trauma associated with the shooting, in which two people standing near him died, said David J. Schonfeld, the director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, who later counseled the boy. But the school hadn't addressed the student's grief. One victim was a longtime friend, and he didn't want to go to school without her. Many schools fail to properly assist grieving students, according to the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, a group of education organizations. The group recently PAGE 12 > selecting a school is an increasingly complex endeavor. Research shows that an abundance of school choice doesn't guarantee access, and many parents in high-choice cities struggle to find adequate information, transportation, and, ultimately, the right school for their children. "It was very hard, and very time-consuming," New Orleans resident Carrie Fisher said of trying to find a school for her daughter, who entered kindergarten last fall. "I'm educated, I have a bachelor's degree, ... and I do have time to read articles online and research things." Part of the argument for school choice is based on the idea that consumer demand for good schools will increase PAGE 16 > SHAPING STRONG SCHOOL LEADERS This special report on principals examines how some states and school districts are working to create and sustain a strong corps of principals who can be the kind of political, managerial, and instructional leaders the profession now demands. See the pullout section opposite Page 16. Shawn Poynter for Education Week

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - January 21, 2015

Education Week - January 21, 2015
Battle Lines Drawn on Annual Testing In ESEA Renewal
W.Va. Undoes Rewrite of Climate Standards
Doctors Enlisted in Early-Literacy Campaign
Educators Tend to Overlook Student Grief, Experts Say
Parents Confront Obstacles As School Choice Expands
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Program Preps New Superintendents for Pressures of District Leadership
IES Operating Without Top Leaders, Legislative Direction
Idaho Schools Facing Potential Tech Crisis Over Broadband Issue
President Obama Proposes Student-Data-Privacy Upgrade
Blogs of the Week
La. Struggles in Rolling Out New Authority for IEP Teams
Skepticism, Hope Greet President’s Community College Plan
State of the States
Blogs of the Week
JONATHAN HASAK: Let’s Make K-12 Skills Relevant to Students
NINA REES & TODD ZIEBARTH: More Than Policy: A Prescription for Healthy Charters
Readers React
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
STEPHEN E. BROCK & H. THOMAS BRANT: Four Ways We Must Improve Student Mental-Health Services

Education Week - January 21, 2015