Education Week - July 18, 2018 - 4
NEWS IN BRIEF
Fortnite. Some educators say the game has become a
major classroom distraction, while others are finding
ways to use it to better engage students.
WHO released the latest version of its International Classification of Diseases last month. The new
guide, which hadn't been updated since 1993, defines
gaming disorder as so severe that it causes significant impairment of social, educational, and interpersonal interactions.
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State Education Chiefs Team Up
To Curtail Violence in Schools
Kansas High Court Again Finds
State School Funding Inadequate
legislature this year raised its income taxes to provide $548 million over the next five years.
-DAAREL BURNETTE II
The Kansas Supreme Court has again ruled that
the money the state legislature provides its schools
is constitutionally inadequate.
The court late last month gave lawmakers another
year to come up with what could ultimately amount
to more than $1 billion within the next five years. The
justices did not, as expected, go as far as they did in
2017 when the court threatened to shutter the school
system until the state came up with a new way to
distribute money between its wealthier and poorer
The 8-year-old case has pitted the legislature
against its court system over who should determine
how to spend state money.
In response to a similar ruling late last year, the
World Health Organization Classifies
'Gaming Disorder' as an Addiction
For the first time, the World Health Organization
has officially designated "gaming disorder" among its
list of mental-health addictive behaviors.
The move touches off a dispute among some researchers and clinicians over whether there is science
to back the decision and how it might affect children,
families, and educators.
Schools are increasingly embracing the use of digital gaming in the classroom to engage students. At
the same time, debate is growing among educators
about students' obsession with digital games such as
High school seniors
Mer Fenton of
Columbus, Ohio, left,
and Abigail Franklin of
relax in the shade
after finishing their
Program classes for
the day at Taylor
University in Upland,
Ind. Participants in the
learn about college
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A group of 12 state education leaders will collaborate to identify "promising practices to stem the far
too frequent incidences of school violence."
The steering committee, convened by the Council
of Chief State School Officers, will also work to
identify resources states can use to put those plans
School safety has been thrust into the spotlight
in the wake of two large school shootings this year,
in Parkland, Fla., and Santa Fe, Texas. The debate
over safety includes the work of a federal commission
chaired by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos,
which is also focused on assembling best practices.
Some researchers have said school safety discussions are often too narrow, focusing on shootings and
physical hardware used to secure schools at the exclusion of issues like school climate, student supports,
and prevention work.
Student-Diversion Program Not to Blame
For Massacre in Florida, Commission Finds
A controversial school discipline program adopted
by the Broward County, Fla., district to reduce student
arrests cannot be blamed for the shooting by a former
student there, a state commission said last week.
The PROMISE program, created in 2013, requires
schools to refer students to an alternative disciplinary program instead of law enforcement for a list
of nonviolent offenses. Nikolas Cruz, charged with
killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland, was referred to the program for three days after he damaged a faucet in a
middle school restroom, but it is not clear if he attended.
Some critics of the program had suggested that,
had Cruz been arrested instead, the infraction would
have showed up on his criminal record, eliminating
his ability to buy the AR-15 he used in the attack,
HOW STATES DEFINE
ABSENTEEISM UNDER ESSA
Missing 10 percent or more of school days
Attending 90 percent of school days
Missing a set number of days
Another measure of attendance
Note: Other states did not use absenteeism
as a school accountability measure under ESSA.
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"A Nationwide Look at Teacher Perceptions of
Feedback and Evaluation Systems"
Most educators report they have improved
their teaching practice as a result of their
evaluation system, according to a national
survey by the RAND Corp., a research group.
As of 2017, the RAND report says, 39 states
required the use of student achievementgrowth measures in teacher evaluations. Most
evaluations are based on multiple measures of
The survey found that 88 percent of teachers said they received feedback at least once
in the 2015-16 school year, and 35 percent
reported receiving it a couple times or more
Teachers said it was more helpful to receive
feedback from other teachers than school leaders-86 percent compared to 74 percent. Receiving feedback from an instructional coach
or mentor was less common-only 36 percent of teachers reported getting it from this
source-but among those who did receive this
type of feedback, 82 percent said it was helpful.
"The 2018 Brown Center Report on American
Most states with civics requirements focus
on current events, but not real community
engagement, says a report by the Brookings
Institution, a Washington think tank.
The report draws on prior analyses of state
standards and frameworks. It finds that
states, by and large, focus on classroom instruction, current events, and news media literacy over other segments of civics education.
Every state mentions in their standards current events, 40 mention news media literacy,
and 41 states require at least one course on
civics in order to graduate.
But fewer have included participatory elements in their standards and curricula. Only
26 states and the District of Columbia men-