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service cuts, which led to some programs
shutting down. The cuts eventually
were restored, but Gov. Rauner's
proposed budget for fiscal 2016
calls for more cuts within the agency.
Math Groups Criticize
EdReports Book Reviews
The Consumer Reports-style reviews
of common-core instructional
materials posted by EdReports.org
are incomplete, contain errors, and
misrepresent what's important in
the common standards, two national
groups of math educators contend.
The National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics and its sister group,
the National Council of Supervisors
of Mathematics, have written an
open letter criticizing the methodology
used by EdReports.org, which
published its first round of curriculum
reviews in March. Those reviews
found that nearly all the math series
evaluated failed to meet criteria for
alignment with the Common Core
EdReports.org Executive Director
Eric Hirsch said that his organization
"will continue to make refinements."
Education Funding Sends
Minn. Into Special Session
The Minnesota legislature is heading
to a special session over education
funding, after Democratic Gov. Mark
Dayton vetoed a spending bill that
he said was inadequate. Mr. Dayton
rejected a last-minute budget compromise
proposed by lawmakers that
represented a $25 million difference
between what the governor and the
Minnesota becomes the second
state this year, after Washington, to
require a special session to reach a
deal on how to spend money on public
The budget Gov. Dayton ultimately
vetoed would have added
$400 million for public schools. He
said that amount was $171 million
shy of what he wanted earmarked
to create more slots for half-day preschool
Georgia Educator Named
Assistant Principal of Year
An assistant principal who was instrumental
in turning around both academics
and school culture at a Douglas
County, Ga., high school has been
named the 2015 assistant principal of
the year by the National Association
of Secondary School Principals.
Jessica Ainsworth of Lithia Springs
High School was lauded for using a
federal school improvement grant to
transform the school's culture and climate,
according to the nassp.
According to the the principals'
group, reading-proficiency rates increased
across all subgroups under
Ms. Ainsworth's tutelage. For example,
those rates for students with
disabilities rose from 27 percent to
83 percent. Graduation, job-placement,
and college-acceptance rates
MaryEllen Elia, a former
superintendent of the Hillsborough
County school system in Tampa, Fla.,
has been named the commissioner of
public schools in New York state.
She replaces John King, who left
his position at the start of the year
to become a senior adviser to U.S.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
An upstate New York native, Ms. Elia had served
since 2005 as Hillsborough's schools chief until she was
fired in January. Criticism emerged during the months
prior to her dismissal that she had created "a workplace
culture of fear and bullying" and failed to pay sufficient
attention to minority students, local media reported.
Her supporters argued that she had overseen significant
academic improvement in the district.
R. Stephen Green, the superintendent of the
Kansas City, Mo., district, will take
the helm of the DeKalb County
schools in Georgia, as of July 1.
The DeKalb school board picked
Mr. Green from a pool of more than
100 candidates compiled by search
firm ProAct. The district severed
its contract with ProAct's parent
company, supes Academy, several weeks ago.
The academy is dealing with a federal probe in
Chicago tied to no-bid contracts with a firm for which
the district's ceo once worked as a consultant.
The Missouri Association of School Administrators
selected Mr. Green as its 2015 superintendent of the
year. He has led the Kansas City schools since 2012
and also has worked in Indiana, New Jersey, and
Joshua Starr, a former
superintendent of the Montgomery
County, Md., school system, will
become the next leader of Phi Delta
Kappa International this month.
The news comes three months after
he stepped down as Montgomery
County schools chief after "failing to
convince a majority of the school board that he was
leading Maryland's largest school system in the right
direction," The Washington Post reported.
Mr. Starr had led the district since 2011. He also served
for six years as superintendent in Stamford, Conn.
The Arlington, Va.-based pdk International is best
known for its flagship magazine, Kappan, and annual
poll, conducted in partnership with Gallup, that
gauges the public's attitudes on public schools.
An article and a map on states'
3rd grade promotion requirements
in the May 13, 2015, Education
Week special report "Building Literacy
Skills: The State of Reading
Instruction in Grades K-3" included
outdated information on Washington
state. As of April 29, school districts
no longer are required to retain
3rd graders who fail that state's
SHARING DISCIPLINE DATA
In a national survey of college admissions officials
and high school guidance counselors, researchers
found that half of the guidance counselors share
students' discipline records with colleges.
No, do not
study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital,
in Columbus, Ohio, and published in the Journal of
the American Medical Association last month. Suicide
is among the leading causes of death for school-age
children younger than 12, and rates are much higher
for boys than for girls, the study says.
"Public School Safety and Discipline: 2013-14"
More schools reported training students for active
shooter situations and using security cameras, electronic
notification systems, and anonymous reporting tools in
the 2013-14 school year than four years earlier, and the
rate of violent incidents at schools fell during that time.
In 2013-14, 70 percent of schools surveyed by the U.S.
Department of Education reported drilling students on
a written plan for school shootings, according to federal
data released last month, the first update on many
school safety factors since 27 people died in shootings
at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.,
in December 2012. That's compared to 51.9 percent of
schools reporting having such drills on a similar federal
survey given in the 2009-10 school year.
"Benefits of the Denver Scholarship Foundation"
A new evaluation of Denver's promise scholarship
program estimates that every dollar spent on a student
who graduates with support from the foundation yields
nine times that amount in local, state, and federal taxes.
The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in
Higher Education, based in Washington, and Development
Research Partners of Jefferson County, Colo., released
a study last month that determined the Denver
Scholarship Foundation's work adds $6-8 million in
additional earnings to the regional economy each year.
The foundation, which blends private and public resources,
provides college counseling at "future centers"
in Denver's public high schools, gives about 1,600 college
scholarships to qualified students each year, and
offers ongoing counseling once students get to college.
About 76 percent of scholars are persisting or have
graduated since the program was established in 2006.
-CARALEE J. ADAMS
"Active Play Opportunities at Child Care"
Preschool-age children at child-care centers need
far more opportunities for physical activity, suggests
a study published last month in the journal
The authors observed 98 children ages 3-5 at
10 Seattle-area child-care centers for at least four
days between 2012 and 2014. All of the centers
had schedules that called for at least 60 minutes of
daily outdoor playtime, which coincides with recommendations
for children of that age. The children
wore accelerometers to gauge their exertion levels.
Only 12 percent of the activities in an average day
at these child-care centers were considered active play
opportunities. Children were sedentary for 73 percent
of their overall time, engaged in light physical activity
13 percent of their time, and involved in moderate-to-vigorous
physical activity for the remaining
14 percent of the time. Their mean amount of moderate-to-vigorous
physical activity was 55 minutes per
day; 34 percent of children reached 60 or more minutes
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In some cases
SOURCE: Center for Community Alternatives
Study: 'Permanent Records' Are Real
"Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary
Records in College Admissions"
Colleges make "widespread" use of student disciplinary records
in their admissions processes, according to a report set for release
this week from a national advocacy group.
The report-based on surveys of college admission officers and
high school counselors around the country-found that 73 percent
of colleges and universities collect high school disciplinary
data, and that 89 percent of those use the information to inform
their admission decisions. The report was prepared by the Center
for Community Alternatives, a New York-based organization that
advocates on behalf of students who have had court involvement.
The organization frames the matter as a civil rights issue since
students of color and students with disabilities face disciplinary action
at disproportionately higher rates than their peers. The center
calls on colleges to stop asking for disciplinary data on students
and for high schools to stop providing it.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 3, 2015
Education Week - June 3, 2015
New S.C. Standards Ease Political Pushback
Summer-Job Demand Outstrips Opportunities
Districts Use Student Insights To Guide Policy, Practice
Charters Look Anew At Teacher Retention
With Common Core, Algebra Course Undergoes a Face-Lift
News in Brief
PARCC Shortens Testing Time, Shifts to Later in the School Year
Ties Deepening Between Schools, After-School Providers
Parent Engagement on Rise As Priority for Schools, Districts
Charter Sector Challenged by Caliber of School Boards
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: The E-Rate Overhaul in 4 Easy Charts
Studies Probe How Students Can Apply Math More Widely
NAEP to Gather Data on Grit, Mindset
Blogs of the Week
Teacher-Retention Data For Charters Still Murky
Stakes High for Bureau of Indian Education’s Overhaul
California Seeks Waiver on Use of Federal Title I Tutoring Money
Blogs of the Week
FRANCESCA STERNFELD: Necessary Lessons, Schools’ Critical Role in Reducing Family Violence
BENJAMIN RILEY: Can Teacher-Educators Learn From Medical-School Reform?
RANDI WEINGARTEN: States Should Ditch ‘Cut Scores’ on New Tests
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
TERRY B. GRIER: Creating a College-Bound Culture in an Urban School District
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