Education Week - October 31, 2012 - (Page 5)

EDUCATION WEEK n OCTOBER 31, 2012 n 5 SCHOOL TURNAROUNDS TEENAGERS AND SUICIDE “Recent Victimization Exposure and Suicidal Ideation in Adolescents” REPORTto these reports, go to For links ROUNDUP OBITUARY SMARTPHONES “Learning in the 21st Century” “School Improvement Grants: Analyses of State Applications and Eligible and Awarded Schools” 1972 Presidential Candidate, Child-Nutrition Advocate Dies GEORGE McGOVERN, who tackled global child hunger as a way to improve education after he lost the 1972 presidential election as the Democratic candidate, died Oct. 21 at the age of 90. Mr. McGovern, who served as a U.S. senator and representative from South Dakota and ran for president on two other occasions, co-founded the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program for children in poverty-stricken countries with former Sen. Bob Dole, a Kansas Republican, in 2002. With donations of agricultural products as well as financial and technical assistance from the United States, the program targets poor regions around the world where school attendance and enrollment rates are low but that show a commitment to universal education, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Teacher training and literacy efforts have also been part of the program. The Agriculture Department’s fact sheet from 2011 stated that in 2003 and 2004, participating organizations reported that school enrollment increased by 14 percent overall and by 17 percent for girls. Mr. McGovern told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2001 that school attendance and performance rise in Third World countries when children are properly fed. Speaking at the dedication of his library and museum in South Dakota in 2006, Mr. McGovern said, “I want to live long enough to see all of the 300 million school-age kids around the world who are not being fed be given a good nutritional lunch —ANDREW UJIFUSA every day.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. Smartphones are now the most commonly owned handheld computing devices among highschool-age students, with about half of those surveyed claiming ownership, according to a new report. The report, released last week at the Virtual School Symposium in New Orleans, also notes that more than three in five parents surveyed said they would be likely to buy a mobile device for their child’s education, a ratio which shifted downward only slightly when the question was asked of rural or low-income parents. The report stems from the 2011 Speak Up survey, which is given by Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit educational research group based in Irvine, Calif. —IAN QUILLEN Forty-two states and the District of Columbia made changes to the way that are implementing the federal School Improvement Grant program last year, according to a new report from the Institute of Education Sciences The sig program was created under the No Child Left Behind Act, but the Obama administration supercharged it under the stimulus, pouring about $3 billion into it and requiring schools to adopt one of four turnaround models. During the 2011-12 school year—the second year of implementation—43 states made changes in the way they used the 5 percent of funds set aside for program support, administration, and technical assistance. And 25 states revised their criteria for awarding and renewing sig grants. —ALYSON KLEIN Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that an increase in suicidal thoughts in adolescents appears to be associated with recent victimization, including by peers, sexual assault, or other maltreatment. Using data from a national survey of young people ages 10 to 17, researchers found that about 4 percent reported having suicidal thoughts in the preceding month. The study, published online this month in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, found that adolescents who had been victimized by peers were more than twice as likely to contemplate suicide than others their age. Experiencing sexual assault increased the likelihood of having such thoughts by more than 300 percent. —N.S. Doug Dreyer/AP-File TECHNOLOGY GRANTS “2012 Survey of E-Rate Applicants” TEENAGE PREGNANCY “Births: Preliminary Data for 2011” LEADER PIPELINE “Principal Concerns: Iowa May Face Statewide Demand” The average published price for attending a public, four-year college (in-state) went up just 4.8 percent this school year, compared with an 8.3 percent spike reported the previous year. The average annual growth in the past decade was 5.2 percent. For 2012-13, the average tuition and fees amounted to $8,655, while room and board was $9,205, according to the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center’s “Trends in College Pricing 2012.” Out-of-state students paid an average of $21,706 this year, up just 4.2 percent. The average cost of attending a private, nonprofit college is $39,518—up 4.2 percent over 2011-12. For the first time in 20 years, total education borrowing, including federal and nonfederal student and parent loans, declined by 4 percent between 2011-12 compared with the previous year. —CARALEE ADAMS will be published in the November 2012 issue of Pediatrics, suggests that all 50 states designate cheerleading as a sport to ensure that squads have qualified coaches, access to certified athletic trainers, and injury surveillance. Currently, 29 state high school athletic associations recognize cheerleading as a sport, according to the aap, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association does not. As cheerleading has grown more competitive over the years, the stunts have become more complex, leading to a rise in both participation and injuries. From 1990 to 2003, there was a 20 percent rise in the number of cheerleaders 6 or older, going from 3.0 million to 3.6 million, according to the aap. Over the past three decades, injuries have risen as well, by more than 400 percent, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. —BRYAN TOPOREK Pregnancy rates for young women ages 15 to 19 are at the lowest ever recorded in the United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The declines were steepest among 15- to 17-year-olds, whose birth rates dropped 29 percent from 2007 to 15.4 births per 1,000 in 2011. Among different racial and ethnic groups, declines from 2010 to 2011 for 15- to 19-year-olds ranged from 6 to 8 percent for white, black, American Indian and Asians. The birth rate for Hispanic teenagers fell 11 percent from 2010 to 2011, and dropped 34 percent from 2007 to 2011, the largest decline of any population group, the cdc said. —NIRVI SHAH More than half of Iowa’s school principals will be eligible for retirement over the next five years, according to a new study. The Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington in Seattle estimates that the upcoming wave of principal retirements will be spread evenly across the state, affecting all types of schools, students, and communities, and giving state policymakers an opportunity to develop a statewide strategy for ensuring a supply of high-quality school leaders into the future. Released this month, the study is the first of a series of statespecific reports from the center. —DEBRA VIADERO Applicants to the E-rate, the federal funding program that subsidizes school and library Internet-related purchases, are torn over whether the program should continue to fund internal maintenance and network infrastructure projects, according to new survey results from a consultant group. The survey of more than 600 applicants by Funds for Learning of Edmond, Okla., found that respondents were split nearly in half—52 percent to 48 percent— on whether the program should continue to fund Priority 2 infrastructure-related projects at schools with the neediest student populations, or focus on Priority 1 initiatives that help support projects at all schools to acquire or strengthen outside Internet connections. —I.Q. New Teachers’ Views Differ From Veterans’ “Great Expectations: Teachers’ Views on Elevating the Teaching Profession” Sport Status Urged For Cheerleading With the number of cheerleading injuries continuing to climb, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement last week offering recommendations for ways to prevent them. The policy statement, which CLARIFICATION A story about the Chicago teachers’ strike in the Sept. 26, 2012, issue of Education Week cited a 17.6 percent average salary increase for Chicago teachers over four years. That figure includes pay premiums for experience and for advanced degrees. A survey from the teacher-policy group Teach Plus points to differences in how “new majority” teachers—those with fewer than 10 years of experience who now make up more than half the teaching force—view aspects of their profession, compared with their peers who have 11 or more years in the field. The new-majority teachers were generally more receptive than veterans to the accountability movement and its implications for teacher policy, but they also hold some traditional opinions on working conditions. For instance, they agree with their veteran peers that improved professional development would help them do a better job in the classroom. Likewise, both groups agreed that “more time to collaborate with peers” would be the best way to improve student outcomes. The data are based on an online survey of 1,015 teachers conducted by the Boston-based Teach Plus early this year. While not a random sample of the teaching population, the results were reflective of the experience of the national teaching force, with 49 percent having 10 or fewer years of teaching experience and 51 percent having 11 or more years. Among the areas where the groups differed, the survey found that: • Almost three-quarters of new-majority teachers felt student growth should be part of their evaluations, compared with 42 percent of veterans; • 60 percent of new-majority teachers were interested in changing compensation and tenure systems, compared with just 20 percent of veterans; and • 41 percent of new-majority teachers—and 22 percent of veterans—said they’d consider changing pensions to pay for higher salaries. —STEPHEN SAWCHUK >> For links to these reports, go to

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - October 31, 2012

Education Week - October 31, 2012
‘i3’ Grantees Face Hurdles on Aid Match
Teacher-Leader Degree Designed as a Vehicle For Career Fulfillment
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Caution Urged on ‘Value Added’ Reviews
College Board Head to Make Underserved a Priority
Miami-Dade Wins $550,00 Broad Prize For Urban Education
E-School Conference Highlights Blended Ed.
Pa. Moves to Ease Penalties for Minors Who Engage in ‘Sexting’
Education Issues Suffuse Ballots
New Orleans Board Race a Magnet For Outsiders’ Cash
Blogs of the Week
Graduation Rates Latest Waiver Flash Point
Practical Hurdles at Play in Pennsylvania Charter-Law Revamp
Policy Brief
Rethinking Principal Evaluation
Teacher Observation: Tech or No Tech?
About the Necktie
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Redefining the Federal Role In Education: Advice for the Winner of Next Week’s Election

Education Week - October 31, 2012