Education Week - March 27, 2013 - (Page 1)

Education Week VOL. 32, NO. 26 • MARCH 27, 2013 ▲ AM E R ICAN E DUCATION’S N EWS PAPE R OF R ECOR D • © 2013 Editorial Projects in Education • $4 BREAKING NEWS DAILY N.Y.C. System School-Match Gaps Tracked Scholars Cite Pipeline Disparities The first round of this year’s high-school-match notifications in New York City’s massive, districtwide school choice process went out to students this month, sparking celebration, consternation, and a renewal of concerns about unequal access to the city’s best schools. A duo of soon-to-be-released studies previewed March 15 at the annual Association of Education Research and Policy meeting in New Orleans finds that a majority of students—even low achievers— get their first choice of high schools under the system. But students also tend to take very different tracks through the system, depending on their academic-proficiency levels, a fact that highlights the complex roles that neighborhoods, schools, interests, and academic expectations can play in the school-selection process. The Big Apple’s school-matching system is certainly on a New York scale, with a formula so complex that its 2003 design helped earn its creator, Alvin E. Roth, the 2012 Nobel Prize in economics. The city’s 8th graders and their families pore through a 600-page directory of profiles of more than 700 potential schools, of which they can rank up to a dozen by preference. Authors at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, at New York University, tracked the process for 575,000 students matched in 8th grade from 2005 through 2011. Specifically, they comPAGE 22 > Charlie Mahoney/Prime for Education Week By Sarah D. Sparks Students at Match Community Day Charter Public School jump to attention at resident teacher Erica Vuolle’s command. Resident Teachers Are Getting More ‘Practice’ By Stephen Sawchuk TEACHING THE TEACHERS Boston One thing is immediately apparent when Erica Vuolle teaches: Not a moment of time is wasted. When she speaks to her class here at the Match Community Day Charter Public School, she expects all students’ eyes to track hers. When she poses a question and a student answers it correctly, she asks the An occasional series child to explain her reasoning. When a student gives an answer that’s only halfway complete, she presses him to finish it. When she gives directions, students repeat them back in full, so that expectations are clear. What’s not immediately apparent from the ease with which Ms. Vuolle handles the TWO FOR ONE: On a FOCUS ON: ENGINEERING Ramin Rahimian for Education Week K-12 Bolsters Ties To Engineering By Erik W. Robelen When stem education is discussed in the K-12 sphere, it often seems like shorthand for mathematics and science, with perhaps a nod to technology and even less, if any, real attention to engineering. But recent developments signal that the “e” in stem may be gaining a firmer foothold at the precollegiate level. For one, a new, national assessment in technology and engineering literacy will be administered to 8th graders next year by the makers of “the nation’s report card” on education. Also, engineering design is threaded through a set of “next generation” science standards nearing completion by a coalition of experts and 26 states. And the first-ever Advanced Placement program in engineering may be on the horizon, as efforts to create PAGE 18 > worksheet in Jenny Hinman’s class at El Verano Elementary School in Sonoma, Calif., kindergartners note what items sank or floated in a container of water as part of an experiment. The district blends science with English-language instruction. PAGE 10 INDUSTRY & INNOVATION Educators Questioning Timing of State Tests Reflecting Standards By Catherine Gewertz of the winning applications shows those districts are tapping similar tactics: mobile devices and individualized learning plans for students, personalized learning coaches for teachers, and data dashboards that collect all student learning information in one place. What’s more, many of the districts are embracing the philosophy that learning isn’t defined by time spent in class, but by mastery of PAGE 16 > PAGE 14 > Race to Top Districts ‘Personalize’ Plans The 16 Race to the Top district winners, pushed by $400 million in federal grants that put a premium on personalized learning, are embarking on vastly different makeovers of the classroom experience—from districtwide approaches to a narrower blueprint focused on middle school math. Despite the divergent approaches, a review PAGE 20 > Not long after New York state raised eyebrows with a curriculum solicitation that was anything but business-as-usual, it is triggering uneasiness among teachers who feel that tests are being given on the new standards too soon. At issue is a new, voluntary curriculum in mathematics and English/language arts that New York purchased from private vendors and is offering for free online as each piece is completed. Also at issue are new tests that the state had designed to reflect the Common Core State Standards, and which are scheduled to be given for the first time next month. New York is ahead of most states in its work to design detailed curricula and professional development for the common core and to build brand-new tests to reflect them. What’s unfolding in the Empire State as a result of that work illustrates the way the common standards can DIGITAL DIRECTIONS By Michele McNeil room is that this is only her second time teaching a full class. She’s among the 40 teachers-in-training at the Match Teacher Residency, a teacher education program run by the Boston-based Match Education, a nonprofit charter-management organization that requires candidates to practice and master a repertoire of specific competencies before they lead a full classroom. It is an approach to student-teaching

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Education Week - March 27, 2013
N.Y.C. System School-Match Gaps Tracked
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: Educators Questioning Timing of
Resident Teachers Are Getting More ‘Practice’
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Race to Top Districts ‘Personalize’ Plans
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Study Finds Gaps in ‘College Ready’ Math Offerings
Early-Algebra Push Found to Yield No NAEP Boost
Math Teachers Break Down Standards For At-Risk Students
More Teachers Group Students by Ability
San Diego Superintendent Pick Has Deep Parental Ties
Partnership Combines Science Instruction and English Learning
States’ Score Cards Pinpoint Problems Of School Climate
Experts: Later School Start Helps Sleep-Deprived Teens
Blogs of the Week
Project Aims to Expand Web Access
New NAEP Demands Application of Knowledge
Elementary Students Tackling Windmills
Policy Brief
'Parent Trigger’ Laws Catching Fresh Wave
School Angles Seen in Same-Sex-Marriage Cases
‘Sequester’ Cuts Still in Place Amid Budget Wrangling
Political Storm Rages as Acting N.M. Chief Presses on With Job
Congress Eyes Pre-K
REGIS ANNE SHIELDS & KAREN HAWLEY MILES: Want Effective Teachers? Think About Your Value Proposition
ALISON CROWLEY: Getting Rid of the GPS: Teaching the Common Standards in Math
STEPHEN R. HERR: Celebrating Without Accomplishing
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment
AMANDA GARDNER: The Many Keys To Radical Classroom Change

Education Week - March 27, 2013