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EDUCATION WEEK BLOGS of the WEEK | NEWS | Digital Education Summit Focuses on Blending Of Technology, the Arts Education and philanthropic leaders joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a recent summit called Reimagining Education: Empowering Learners in a Connected World—an event that focused not just on establishing technology’s place in the curriculum, but also protecting the status of other subjects. education, he argued. “That’s the norm in wealthier communities, that’s the norm in wealthier private schools,” Duncan said. “That has to be the norm in Anacostia and the South Side of Chicago.” Duncan noted that his children have benefited from cross-curricular lessons. They attend a K-5 public school in Virginia with a science focus. The music teacher has students singing songs about nutrition, food, and science, offering different way for students to learn. A complete writing and grammar program that prepares all students to be confident, proficient, and effective 21st Many critics of online education fear that people are relying more on technology to teach students than actual teachers. But the secretary said those fears were overstated. “Technology will never replace teachers,” Duncan said. When you put teachers together with technology, “I think really special things can happen.” Co-hosted by the Education Department and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the event at the Newseum in Washington drew an eclectic bunch, including NBA star Chris Paul and TV journalist Andrea Mitchell. Duncan said that K-12 technology could play a major role in improving students’ academic achievement and giving them the skills necessary to compete for jobs with future workers from other countries. At the same time, many students lack access to the kind of high-quality tech tools they need to take up that pursuit, the secretary said during a question-andanswer session with Mitchell. Schools need to figure out ways to blend lessons on science, technology, engineering, and math with other subjects, such as foreign language and the arts, so students can have a “well-rounded, world-class” | NEWS | Inside School Research Broader Data Analysis Could Better Inform Parents While school and district leaders tend to focus on their own schools and others in the public system, gathering and analyzing broader data from charter and private schools, and making that easily available to the public, could lead to quicker district improvements and fairer comparisons among schools, according to a new study. The analysis, “Harnessing Data and Analytics 2.0,” argues that district leaders should consider and use data from their education ecosystem, not just from their own schools. For example, in Milwaukee, 28 percent of students whose education is being paid for with taxpayer dollars don’t attend regular public schools—rather, they attend district-run and independent charter schools as well as private schools through the city’s voucher program. The author of the study, Jon Fullerton, the executive director of Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research, argues that education officials should be tracking what is happening in all educational pathways in the district and ensuring that educators, policymakers— and parents—get the information they need. “Unfortunately, because of a general —MORGAN MILLER lack of expertise in using data to guide strategy, sensitivity to releasing performance data publicly, and the political unpopularity of using scarce resources on analysis and [informationtechnology] systems, relatively few large agencies have fully tapped the power of the data they have to better manage the performance of their schools,” says Fullerton. “This is unfortunate. Districts that do not take full advantage of their data are giving up the opportunity to manage strategically and to make timely course corrections.” | NEWS | Early Years Business Urges Obama, Congress to Bolster Pre-K Four-year-olds are key to the future economy, and if they’re not educated, problems will arise, say 300 business leaders from 44 states who signed an open letter to President Barack Obama —SARAH D. SPARKS and Congress as members of America’s Promise Alliance, a coalition that aims to help lower high school dropout rates. The letter, sent late last week, cites the economic benefits of early-childhood education, workforce preparedness, and standing in the global marketplace. The letter makes specific recommendations: • Prioritize research-based programs such as early-childhood education for children from birth to age 5, as well as homevisiting and health-care programs for such individuals; • Focus on children from low- to moderateincome families and other children at greater risk for academic difficulties; • Provide options, including those in the private sector, to help children while encouraging federal and state programs with some flexibility on the delivery of such services; and • Monitor children’s progress. “More and more business people are supporting the need for additional funding for early childhood. More states and the federal government need to do the same. Why? Because investing in early childhood achieves the best return on investment for our country,” said James M. Zimmerman, a retired CEO of Macy’s, in a statement. “Currently, more than 90 percent of our education dollars are spent after age 5, yet 85 percent of a child’s core brain structure is developed before age 5.” Business executives who signed the letter include Delta Airlines, McKinsey & Co., and PNC Financial Services Group, as well as state and local chambers of commerce and business roundtables. —JULIE BLAIR > > To see all Education Week blogs, go to n JUNE 12, 2013 n 19 eBooks Grammar Games Proofreading Activities Interactive Whiteboard Resources Word Processing Next Generation Test Prep Writing Instruction Meets 21st Century Learning The new Strategies for Writers Online Writing Center offers a complete digital writing and grammar classroom experience. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 12, 2013

Education Week - June 12, 2013
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Obama Plan Champions E-Rate Fixes
States Seek Flexibility on Testing
FOCUS ON: SCHOOL LEADERS: Chicago Initiative Aims to Upgrade Principal Pipeline
Questions Arise About Algebra 2 For All Students
Year-End Exams Add Urgency to Teaching
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Race on to Ready N.Y.C. Teacher Reviews
Districts Turning Summer School Into Learning Labs
Preschools Aim to Better Equip Low-Income Parents
After Early Progress, SIG School Struggles To Improve
Progress, Persistence Seen in Latest Data on Bullying
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: ‘MOOC’ Plan Could Spawn Dual-Enrollment Courses
Virginia Joins Ranks of States Creating State-Run Districts
Blogs of the Week
NCLB Bills Split Over Federal Role in K-12
Policy Brief
States Fold Teaching Into Preschool Rating Factors
Peer Review Quietly Put On Hold For State Assessment Systems
State Opposition Jeopardizes Common-Core Future
OP EDUCATION: Are New Teachers Ready to Teach?
EDWARD CROWE, MICHAEL ALLEN, & CHARLES COBLE: A Good Time for Progress in Teacher Prep
JULIE GORLEWSKI: Teaching Toward Utopia
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
OTIS KRIEGEL: ‘You’ll Get the Hang of It’

Education Week - June 12, 2013