Education Week - February 18, 2015 - (Page 4)

NEWS IN BrIEF Most Students Will Not Take Tests Offered by Consortia More than half the nation's students live in states that will not be using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced assessments this year. Fifty-three percent of students live in states that will be testing the Common Core State Standards-or whatever standards DRILLING DOWN they chose-with tests designed for those standards, or purchased off the shelf. Twenty-eight percent of U.S. students live in states that will be using the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests to gauge mastery of English/language arts and math; 18 percent are in states using the parcc tests. -CATHERINE GEWERTZ THE K-12 TESTING LANDSCAPE States vary widely in their plans for assessing the Common Core State Standards in the 2014-15 school year. Their approaches to testing are far more fragmented now than even a year ago, when all but a handful of states planned to use the PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments. The results of Education Week's 50-state reporting project on states' testing plans in English/language arts and mathematics for 2014-15 are: States using other tests AL-ACT Aspire AK-Alaska Measures of Progress AZ-AzMERIT FL-Florida Standards Assessment GA-Georgia Milestones Assessment IN-ISTEP IA-Iowa Assessments NE-Nebraska State Accountability NY-New York State Assessments NC-NC End-of-Grade/End-of-Course tests PA-Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (3-8), Keystone Exams (HS) SC-ACT Aspire (3-8) ACT (HS) TN-Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program TX-Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness UT-Student Assessment of Growth & Excellence VA-Standards of Learning WI-Smarter Balanced (3-8), ACT (HS) Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (18) Other (21) WA MT OR ID WY NV UT CA CO KS AZ NM TX LA FL AK HI TFA's Recent Growing Pains Analyzed in New Report Teach For America is struggling with the fallout of recent growing pains, including recruitment challenges, which were apparently partly caused by a barrage of nega4 | EDUCATION WEEK | February 18, 2015 | OK AR MS AL GA MO KY NC TN SC NE IA OH IL IN WV VA SD WI MI PA NJ MD DE DC CT MA NY RI ND MN VT State uses one test for grades 3-8 and another for high school (HS) KY-K-PREP (3-8); ACT (HS) LA-PARCC (3-8); ACT/end-of-course tests (HS) MO-Smarter Balanced (3-8), Missouri end-of-course Tests (HS). Will use full SBAC tests at grades 5 and 8, a scaled-down version at grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 NV-Smarter Balanced (3-8); undecided (HS) OK-As-yet-unnamed tests designed by Measured Progress (3-8); undecided (HS) RI-PARCC (3-8); New England Common Assessment Program (HS) WY-Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (3-8); ACT (HS) Lincoln Elementary School teacher Lauren Devery explains to her students the concepts of complex text in a story and how to write a 10-minute short response during a reading and writing class in Schenectady, N.Y. House NCLB Rewrite Bill Slammed by White House Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (10 plus D.C.) Undecided (1) A White House report last week blasted a proposed House gop rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act for its funding caps and a provision to change the way Title I dollars for lowincome students could be used. The bill would cap spending for NH the next six years at $800 million lower than it was in fiscal 2012. The report shows that the 100 school districts facing the largest cuts in dollar terms would get an average 15 percent cut, and some high-poverty districts would see cuts as large as 74 percent. ME The report slams language that would let Title I money follow low-income students to the public school of their choice, including charters. The White House said that is akin to taking "funding from the schools that need it most and giving it to some of the nation's wealthiest districts." -LAUREN CAMERA Arizona's top public education official says she's disregarding federal rules that limit the sale of unhealthy snacks in school fundraisers. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said in a statement this month that the federal Smart Snacks program intrudes on local control. Ms. Douglas was reacting to rules that she says prohibit schools from holding fundraisers selling snacks such as snow cones. -ASSOCIATED PRESS LAUSD Lawyers to Represent Students Facing Deportation Some Los Angeles Unified School District students facing deportation will receive legal help from lawyers who work for the district. tive press it wasn't prepared for, says an analysis of the group's evolution. The group's current leaders are trying to respond by giving the organization flexibility to improve corps members' satisfaction and customize preparation and professional development, concludes the report, issued this month by Bellwether Education Partners, a Washington-based consulting group. Bellwether describes the report as offering lessons to other groups that are dealing with issues of growth and scaling-up. -STEPHEN SAWCHUK Arizona Official Defies Federal Snack Rules Under a plan approved by the school board last week, the lawyers are now allowed to represent one student at a time between one to three hours a week. The lawyers must make up any loss of work time for the district. Students have to juggle court dates and concerns about deportation while trying to adjust to new schools in a new country, sometimes with few or no English skills. -COREY MITCHELL Calif. Tells Schools to Drop Parent-Volunteering Rules California's education department is telling schools that it's illegal to require parents to volunteer at a public school. The department's advisory is a reaction to a report released in November that found many charter schools had parent work quotas. Of the 500 schools analyzed by the nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization Public Advocates, 30 percent required parents to do service work for the school or face penalties. The report argued that such policies discriminate against some households. -ARIANNA PROTHERO Teachers Face Prosecution Under 'Harmful Material' Bill Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier to charge and prosecute teachers Marc Schultz/The Daily Gazette/AP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - February 18, 2015

Schools Weighing Access To Social Media Passwords
Education Week - February 18, 2015
Measles Outbreak Cues Action On Vaccine Rules
States Shedding Power To Adopt Class Materials
Those Opposing Restraint and Seclusion Gain New Traction With State Legislatures
New Venture to Evaluate Technology
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Global Skills Study Finds U.S. Millennials Trailing
Broad Foundation Puts Urban Schools Prize On Hold Indefinitely
Blogs of the Week
FCC Plan for ‘Net Neutrality’ Addresses Schools’ Needs
Calif. Districts Seeking $1 Billion To Fund Testing Mandate
Obama, Congress Set to Clash On FY16 Budget
GOP in Driver’s Seat as Congress Tackles NCLB Rewrite
NCLB-Waiver Renewal Gears Up; Duncan Holds Weakened Hand
Blogs of the Week
State of the States
FRANK D. LoMONTE: Don’t Silence Young (Female) Journalists
KAREN HAWLEY MILES: Why Annual State Testing Makes Cents
JANE HIRSCHI: ‘Hands in the Dirt’ Learning
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
GILLIAN McGOLDRICK: When Morality and Law Trump School Tradition

Education Week - February 18, 2015