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Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News/AP NEWS IN BRIEF After Defections, PARCC Gets DOD Schools The Department of Defense Education Activity, which operates schools for children from military families, announced last week that it is joining the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing consortium. The DoDEA runs 172 schools serving 74,000 students of both active-duty military personnel and Department of Defense civilians. The addition of DoDEA schools comes after a series of defections from the consortium. Arkansas, Mississippi, and Ohio won't give the PARCC test next year, while Louisiana and Massachusetts are, respectively, either reducing or considering reducing PARCC's role in statewide testing for 2015-16. -ANDREW UJIFUSA Federal Guide Outlines Help For Undocumented Students The U.S. Department of Education last week released the first in a set of resource guides designed to help school officials support undocumented immigrant students. The 63-page guide aims to clarify the legal rights of undocumented high school and college students, share resources about federal and private financial aid available to them, and discuss how to support students who came to the United States as children to apply for relief from deportation. It also includes advice for educators on how to support undocumented youths, a list of private scholarships for which they might be eligible, and tips for migrant students working to access their education records for consideration from deportation. -COREY MITCHELL READY, SET, AIM Teachers practice shooting during a concealedfirearms-permit class called Safe to Learn, Safe to Teach in South Jordan, Utah. The training was free for educators. Utah allows permitted concealed weapons in public schools. EdTPA Scores Improving For Would-Be Teachers Scores on the edTPA teacher-licensing exam seem to be on the rise, according to new research. The exam requires teachers to videotape part of a lesson, then analyze it, and submit lesson plans and other artifacts for review. More than 18,400 candidates participated in edTPA in 2014, and the overall average score was a 44.3 out of 75, up from 42.8 during the 2013 administrations. About 72 percent of candidates hit the nationally recommended cutoff score of 42 points. Meanwhile, most states have set the passing bar slightly lower, at 41. -STEPHEN SAWCHUK First Lady Launches Site To Help College-Bound Michelle Obama unveiled a new social-media site last week where teenagers can swap practical infor- 4 | EDUCATION WEEK | October 28, 2015 | Number of Teachers' Strikes in 2015 Keeps Pace With Other Years' Teachers in East St. Louis, Ill., remained on strike last week, through more than two weeks of school closures. A two-week walkout in Scranton, Pa., ended the previous week. Those strikes follow others that have been resolved in Seattle; in Pasco, Wash.; McHenry County, Ill.; and Prospect Heights, Ill., earlier this fall. Even though it seems like an unusually high number of teachers' strikes occurred this school year, an Education Week Teacher analysis of strikes over the past six years shows that their pace hasn't increased or decreased significantly. And considering the thousands of school districts across the country, strikes are rare occurrences, attention-grabbing though they may be. The data show that 56 teachers' strikes took place between 2010 and 2015, and those walkouts oc- mation and stories about continuing education after high school. will be a place for students ages 14 to 19 to get information on such matters as signing up for the SAT and ACT exams, filling out federal financialaid forms, and applying to college, aides said. Students will also be able to share stories about their goals, their progress, and what's inspiring them to go to college. Among the 20 media, business, and nonprofit groups that are assisting the public-awareness campaign are such recognizable names as Mashable, American Eagle Outfitters, and the CW television network. -ASSOCIATED PRESS Ohio Board Withholds Records Sought by Auditor Additional documents sought by the state auditor in his probe of the Ohio education department's troubled charter school oversight office curred in eight states: Pennsylvania, 20; Illinois, 16; California and Washington, five each; Oregon, four; and Ohio, Vermont, and Missouri, two each. While 2015 has had the most strikes in recent years, 2012 and 2014 were close behind. Most states don't allow teachers to strike, as they consider them to be essential public personnel. Washington state, which has had dozens of strikes in the past several decades, outlawed public-sector strikes, but there's just enough vagueness in the law that teachers have nevertheless walked out. Pennsylvania and Illinois both allow strikes; in the former's case, state law dictates how long strikes are permitted to last to ensure that students have 180 days of instruction per school year. Illinois passed a law in 2011 to limit the permissible terms of a teachers' strike. -ROSS BRENNEMAN will not be released, a divided state school board voted last week. Auditor Dave Yost has been probing what many contend have been questionable actions by the office and its former director, David Hansen, who resigned in July. Hansen's wife was the chief of staff to Republican Gov. John Kasich before leaving the role to manage the governor's 2016 presidential campaign. Board members cited documents that fell within attorney-client privilege in their refusal to release the information. -AP Zuckerberg and Wife To Open Private School Hoping to counter poverty's toll on children, Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are launching a private comprehensive preschool and K-8 school, linked to health services for children and families in East Palo Alto, Calif. The Primary School will target the most disadvantaged residents of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park and is set to open in August. The school is the couple's latest donation to education. Others have included a $100 million gift to the Newark, N.J., schools, $7.5 million for college scholarships to undocumented students, and a $120 million pledge to schools in poor Bay Area communities. -TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Facebook Comments Land Cafeteria Workers in Trouble A federal lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of two Indiana school cafeteria workers who were disciplined after posting concerns about school spending on social media. The suit argues that the Brownsburg Community School District Corp. workers' free-speech rights were squelched. They purportedly were told that their posts about two tax referendums on a public Facebook group were against the dis-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - October 28, 2015

Education Week - October 28, 2015
Study Paints Chaotic View of Testing
In L.A., Tensions Rise Over Teacher Investigations
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: ‘Ephemeral’ Apps Put School Leaders in Tricky Spots
Unequal Access to Advanced Classes Targeted
Fighting Subtle Bias
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Oak Foundation Aiding Those With ‘Learning Differences’
Long-Term Study to Track Adolescent Brain Development
Blogs of the Week
In Minneapolis, a Targeted Effort To Bolster Black Boys
School-Parent Linkages Chip Away at Cultural Barriers
Fate of Programs Complicates Path To ESEA Compromise
Some School Choice Backers Tepid On Title I Portability Proposal
State Chiefs Look to Montana For Ways to Meet the Needs Of Native American Students
Signs Point to Increase in High School Graduation Rates
Blogs of the Week
SETH KERSHNER & SCOTT HARDING: Do Military Recruiters Belong in Schools?
JEREMY A. STERN: On the AP U.S. History Framework
Unearthing the Humanity Beneath Stereotypes
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
JOHN HATTIE: The Effective Use of Testing: What the Research Says

Education Week - October 28, 2015