Education Week - November 12, 2014 - (Page 1)

Education WEEk GOP Electoral Wave Expected to Roil K-12 Policy Waters VOL. 34, NO. 12 * NOVEMBER 12, 2014 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2014 Editorial Projects in Education * $4 BREAKING NEWS DAILY Key Obama Priorities Facing Lack of Allies By Alyson Klein After midterm elections that vastly favored Republicans, President Barack Obama has far fewer allies in Congress and in states to champion his federal policy push on such priorities as teacher evaluation and common academic standards at a crucial stage in their implementation. At the state level, for example, the gop surge means there will be more opponents of the Common Core State Standards in legislatures, and among state chiefs and governors, potentially threatening an initiative the Obama administration has backed DIGITAL DIRECTIONS Broad Poverty Index Gives Fuller Picture Of Stressed Schools By Sarah D. Sparks Poverty is not just a lack of money. It's a shorthand for a host of other problems-scanty dinners and crumbling housing projects, chronic illnesses and depressed or angry parents-that can interfere with a child's ability to learn. Educators and researchers in several of the nation's largest districts are trying to look at schools based on a fuller picture of children's experiences, rather than only seeing poverty as a label. In a study released last week, researchers at the Center for New York City Affairs linked data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the school district, and the municipal housing, homeless services, and children's services agencies, and matched the data with 748 elementary schools that use geographic attendance areas. Researchers found that 18 factors in a student's Andrew Charleson, left, and Irene Song read assignments on Google Chromebooks during an advanced 6th grade reading class at Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg, Md. Educators say the laptops make student and teacher collaboration easy. Chromebooks Gaining Popularity in Districts Educators Tout Low Cost, Ease of Use With Google's Digital Devices By Benjamin Herold Gaithersburg, Md. Suddenly, Chromebooks are surging. Barely a blip on educators' radar screens as recently as 2012, the inexpensive, Web-based laptop computers accounted for nearly one-third of all mobile-digital-device sales to schools in the United States in the first half of this year. Over the past two years, large school districts from California to South Carolina have made significant Chromebook purchases, and the Montgomery County, Md., system recently embarked on the country's largest confirmed K-12 Chromebook deployment to date. The share of the U.S. education market held by digital tablets such as the iPad, meanwhile, has declined 7 percent during that span, according to Futuresource Consulting Ltd., a research and forecasting company based in the United Kingdom. Even some experts who were initially skeptical have begun touting the Chromebook's benefits, including the ease of managing large deployments, the ways in which the computers can support student and teacher collaboration, and, especially, their cost: Most versions of the device sell for under $300. "The Chromebook is the next iteration of where we're going with personal, portable technologies for education," said Leslie Wilson, the chief executive officer of the One-to-One Institute, a PAGE 10 > school and neighborhood strongly predicted his or her likelihood of chronic absenteeism and the student's scores on New York's accountability tests that are aligned with the Common Core State StanPAGE 13 > with both money and regulatory incentives. At the federal level, the U.S. Senate-which will shift to gop control in January-isn't likely to pass a bill to reauthorize the badly outdated Elementary and Secondary Education Act that closely resembles the administration's vision in areas like accountability and teacher quality. With both chambers in Republican hands, the 114th Congress also is unlikely to give Secretary of Education Arne Duncan much more money for the kinds of competitive grants that have helped him carry his agenda forward-leaving the U.S. Department of Education running short on political carrots. "The Obama administration has to rethink its whole approach," U.S. Rep. John Kline, RMinn., the chairman of the House education committee, said in an interview last week. "Now, if he wants to get anything done, he needs to talk with us." For his part, Mr. Obama said he plans to PAGE 19> MORE ELECTION COVERAGE ON TAP IN CONGRESS 15 School choice and renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are high on the Republican agenda. BIG MONEY, LITTLE PAYOFF 15 The two national teachers' unions poured more than $60 million into campaigns, but many fell flat. MARQUEE CONTEST 16 California's superintendent wins re-election after a hard-fought-and expensive-battle. ELECTORAL SCOREBOARD 19 A roundup of winners and losers in the 2014 midterm elections, including for state chiefs' races, gubernatorial matchups, and ballot measures. ONLINE ELECTION STORIES: Republicans Enhance State-Level Advantage By Andrew Ujifusa Republican governors and state lawmakers swept into office or re-elected last week are likely to spark major K-12 policy changes in a fresh crop of states and extend gop-driven initiatives launched in the wake of 2010's electoral upsets. Among the big winners this year could be advocates of school choice programs in states like Illinois and Massachusetts, where Republican governors will take over, and in Wisconsin, where an activist gop governor was re-elected. Action to overhaul education funding is likely in many states regardless of party control-one consequence of an election in which K-12 spending was a significant issue on the campaign trail. However, the scope of action for governors of PAGE 18 > MAKING SENSE OF THE MATH This special report-the latest in an ongoing series on high-priority issues in K-12 education-looks at how the Common Core State Standards are changing instruction in mathematics. It explores how schools and teachers are adjusting their practices and shows where there are gaps in support and understanding. See the pullout section opposite Page 14. T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week 2014 ELECTION

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Education Week - November 12, 2014
Republicans Enhance State-Level Advantage
Broad Poverty Index Gives Fuller Picture Of Stressed Schools
Chromebooks Gaining Popularity in Districts
Key Obama Priorities Facing Lack of Allies
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Study: Close Screening Process Can Improve Teacher Hires
Study Finds Few Payoffs in Short-Term Career Certificates
Blogs of the Week
Chromebooks Ascend in K-12 Market to Challenge iPads
Perceived Threat to Net Neutrality Sparks Furor
GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities
More Than $60 Million Later, Scant Payoff for Teachers’ Unions
California Chief’s Win a Bright Spot For Teachers’ Unions
Election 2014 Results
Blogs of the Week
RANDI WEINGARTEN: Collaboration Takes Two
FATIMA GOSS GRAVES: Overlooked and in Need: Black Female Students
JOE FELDMAN: Grading Standards Can Elevate Teaching
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
APRIL BO WANG: What About Helping Rural Schools?

Education Week - November 12, 2014