Education Week - December 3, 2014 - (Page 5)

REPORT ROUNDUP STEM TEACHERS "The Condition of STEM 2014" Many high school students are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but very few of them want to teach in those fields, a situation that doesn't bode well for the shortage of good teachers in stem fields, according to a new study. The study, released last month by act Inc., examines data gathered from 1.8 million students in the class of 2014 who took act exams. Just under half of those students said they were interested in stem subjects, but only 4,424 expressed interest in teaching math, and 1,115 were interested in teaching science. The report also suggests that students' interest in stem subjects outweighs their preparedness. Half or fewer of the students who indicated an interest in stem fields met or exceeded act's collegereadiness benchmarks in math or science. -CATHERINE GEWERTZ DIGITAL EDUCATION "An Investigation of Middle School Science Teachers' Use of Technology Inside and Outside of Classrooms" Contrary to conventional wisdom, teachers use technology more frequently than their students, according to a recent study. The report-published last month in the Association for Educational Communications & Technology's bimonthly publication-investigated the technology habits of 1,079 students and 24 teachers across 18 schools in Utah and New York. It found that teachers' experiences with technology outside the classroom were relatively extensive, but their skill in integrating digital resources in their classrooms was limited. -SAM ATKESON HIGHER EDUCATION "Completing College: A National View of College Attainment Rates-Fall 2008 Cohort" While high school students are all about what college they want to get into, a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center looks at how many actually finish- and the outcomes vary widely by the type of postsecondary institution students attend. The report, drawing on a database that tracks 96 percent of the nation's total college enrollment, looks at the six-year paths of first-time students enrolled in college in 2008. It finds that 2.7 million students enrolled in college in 2008, an increase of 12 percent from the previous year. Yet just 55 percent of those students earned a degree or certificate by fall 2014, down from 56.1 percent the previous year. -CARALEE J. ADAMS TEACHER PREPARATION "Building Effective Teacher Residencies" A new report outlines what makes certain teacher "residency" programs stand out, offering lessons for other residency programs and the teacher-preparation field as a whole. States Are Expanding Access To K-12 Data, Group Says "Paving the Path to Success: Data for Action 2014" CA The number of states that provide data to parents allowing them to track their children's academic progress has more than doubled in the past three years, from eight to 17, while states considered more than 100 bills designed to better safeguard student data, according to a report released last week by the Washington-based Data Quality Campaign. The report catalogs how an increasing number of states are working to expand access to data for teachers and parents and across state agencies, including those dealing with workforce and economic issues. It lists 10 "state actions" that the group believes will help states and public schools better utilize data and share information more broadly and appropriately with the general public, and measures states' progress from 2014 to 2011 in fulfilling those goals. Among the findings: * Nineteen states have linked K-12 data systems with early-learning, postsecondary, workforce, and other state agency data systems, the dqc says, compared with 11 in 2011. AZ NM TX AK WA MT OR ID WY NV UT CO NE SD ND KS OK MN WI MI IA IL MO AR LA FL IN TN MS AL GA OH WV KY NC VA SC PA NJ MD DE DC NY MA RI CT VT NH ME HI 0-3 Actions (none) 8-9 Actions 4-5 Action 10 Actions SOURCE: Data Quality Campaign * Forty-two states have developed governance structures to guide data collection and use, up from 36 in 2011. * Thirty-five states now generate progress reports with student-level data for educators, students, and parents, compared with 29 in 2011. Forty-two states now produce reports that utilize student-level, longitudinal data. -ANDREW UJIFUSA 6-7 Actions Did not participate The report, released by Urban Teacher Residency United, a nonprofit group that supports and sustain residency programs, focuses on two programs: the Denver Teacher Residency, which prepares candidates for that city's schools, and the Aspire Teacher Residency, run by the Aspire charter school chain. It identifies five features of high-quality programs: * Rigorous and intentional recruitment and selection practices; * Relevant coursework and seminars; * Structured coaching and feedback of student-teachers; * Assessment and evaluation focused on continual improvement; and * Partnerships with schools and school systems that share program values. ETHNIC STUDIES "Missing the (Student Achievement) Forest for All the (Political) Trees" Researchers at the University of Arizona have updated a provocative study on the Tucson, Ariz., school district's controversial Mexican-American studies program that reaches the same conclusion: Students who took part in ethnic-studies courses were more likely to graduate from high school and pass standardized exams they had previously failed. -STEPHEN SAWCHUK In the updated analysis, researchers put the results through the peer-review process at the American Educational Research Journal. The new report, which appears in the December issue of the journal, includes additional data on the outcomes for students in the Mexican-American studies program. -HOLLY YETTICK STUDENT NUTRITION "Nutritional Comparison of Packed and School Lunches in Kindergarten and Prekindergarten Children Following the Implementation of the 2012-13 National School Lunch Standards" Lunches served by schools participating in the National School Lunch program contain less fat and saturated fat than meals students bring from home, a new study by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University finds, but they also contain less iron. Researchers from the university's family-nutrition program observed meals in three rural Virginia elementary schools over a five-day period. Energy, carbohydrates, fat, saturated fat, sugar, vitamin C, and iron were significantly higher for packed lunches compared with school lunches, whereas protein, sodium, fiber, vitamin A, and calcium were significantly lower for packed lunches compared with school lunches, according to a news release. One caveat: Researchers observed what was on students' plates-not what they actually consumed. -EVIE BLAD tion, which took issue with the way Pearson and McGraw-Hill presented climate change, said those publishers revised their books "to eliminate misrepresentations." -LIANA HEITIN Colo. Schools Hire Workers Using Pot Revenues Colorado has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to schools to hire health workers using revenue generated by a sales tax on marijuana, which is legal in the state. Another $2.5 million remains to be awarded, the Denver Post reports. Schools will use the grants to hire nurses, social workers, counselors, and psychologists. Tightened school budgets around the country have led to declining numbers of student-support staff, including nurses and counselors. -E.B. | OBITUARIES | | TRANSITIONS | Annette Polly Williams, the longtime Wisconsin lawmaker credited with the 1989 creation of the pioneering Milwaukee school voucher program, died Nov. 9. She was 77. Ms. Williams said she saw school choice as a way to help low-income and working-class families get a better education for their children. She represented a legislative district that included parts of Milwaukee's central city and had one of the highest percentages of African-Americans in the state, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "In 1988, being a black Democrat saying 'I support vouchers'-that was an unbelievably brave stand," said Howard Fuller, a prominent school choice advocate who served as Milwaukee's superintendent during the early days of the voucher program, in an interview with Education Week. "I do not think there would be a modern-day parent-choice movement without Polly Williams." -ARIANNA PROTHERO Former Georgia Gov. Carl E. Sanders Sr., who was instrumental in desegregating Georgia's public schools, died Nov. 16. He was 89. In 1959, a federal judge ordered the Atlanta school board to submit a desegregation plan. Then-Gov. Ernest Vandiver called on 60 advisers to discuss the state's options: desegregate or close. Fifty-eight urged the governor to defy the order and close schools. Only Mr. Sanders, a state senator at the time, and House Floor Leader Frank Twitty recommended desegregation. Gov. Vandiver listened to the minority, shutting schools long enough to allow a special legislative session, during which lawmakers amended segregation laws. -McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE Randy Watson, the superintendent of the McPherson Unified School District 418 in Kansas, has been named the state's new education commissioner. McPherson's superintendent since 1993, he previously worked as a teacher and a principal, and was selected as a finalist for Kansas Superintendent of the Year for 2015. EDUCATION WEEK | December 3, 2014 | | 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - December 3, 2014

Education Week - December 3, 2014
Rules Aim to Heighten Ed. School Monitoring
Parents Get Schooled On New Math Standards
Principals’ Central Role Gets New Attention at Ed. Dept.
Districts Press Publishers On Digital-Content Access
Consortium Sets High Bars For Its Common-Core Tests
Table of Contents
News in Brief
Report Roundup
New Teacher-Licensing Exams In N.Y. Lead to Subpar Results
Obama Grants Deportation Relief To Immigrant Parents
Kindergartners Found to Benefit From ‘Tools of the Mind’
Blogs of the Week
Word Problems Should Be Given At the Start of Lesson, Studies Say
Tech. Vendors Cloudy On K-12 Buying Needs
New Guidance Offers States Roadmap to NCLB Waiver Renewal
Achievement, Dissension Marked Tennessee Chief’s Tenure
States Get Federal Running Room On Teacher-Equity Plans
Blogs of the Week
JOHN CESCHINI: STEM + Art: A Fruitful Combination
KIP ZEGERS: A Teacher, Students, and Poetry in Motion
JEAN HENDRICKSON: Why Not Art for Children’s Sake?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
JEFF DEKAL: A Brief Portrait of a Young Artist

Education Week - December 3, 2014