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One way to help solve America’s major curriculum problem

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Common Core State Standards, accountability, benchmarks, teacher quality, evaluation, test design and uses, value-added measurement, Race to the Top, international comparisons — all of these are at the center of fierce debates in the education world. Marion Brady argues in this post that they are all sideshows to the real problem in American schools — curriculum — and he offers a way out. Brady has worked as a teacher, administrator, college professor,

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Fairfax school chief uses staff cuts, raises as budget tactic

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Fairfax County’s new school superintendent made her priorities clear when she unveiled her first budget proposal, which calls for classroom teachers and staff to receive significant raises next year, at a cost of $41 million.

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How some school ‘data walls’ violate U.S. privacy law

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Valerie Strauss -- The Education Department is planning to release new guidance on this issue.

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Anti-testing groups form alliance to bring sanity to education policy

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Valerie Strauss -- With resistance to standardized test-obsessed school reform growing around the country, three dozen local, state and national organizations and individuals have now banded together in an alliance to expand efforts to bring sanity to education policy.

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Does Common Core’s focus on ‘close reading’ make sense?

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Valerie Strauss -- Depending on whom you ask, the Common Core English Language Arts standards are either exactly what U.S. schools need, or exactly what they don’t need. Here’s an argument for the latter opinion, by Aaron Barlow, an associate professor of English at the New York City College of Technology.

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High school course too tough for you? That’s good.

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Jay Mathews -- My wife surfs the Internet more than I do and delights in sharing her discoveries. “You’ll like this comment,” she said last week. A reader wrote that the rising number of students failing Advanced Placement tests “could be a response to Jay Mathews’ ridiculous Challenge Index.”

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New skills are needed to work on Internet of Things

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The “Internet of Things” — technologists’ vision of a network of billions of connected devices — has attracted the attention of tech giants including Cisco, Intel and General Electric, all of whom have internal business units dedicated to building the infrastructure for that network.The market could also create demand for a new kind of IT specialist — those who can both engineer new products and process the data they collect, analysts and industry experts say.

1 comments | Tags: data scientists stem education tech readiness internet of things technology curriculum | Topic: Higher Education BAD >_<

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Look who’s advocating for public schools

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Valerie Struass -- The National School Boards Association is launching a campaign in support of public education — with some unexpected help. Called “Stand Up4Public Schools,” the campaign’s goal is to persuade association members to be more forceful advocates for public schools and locally controlled school districts at a time when, in the name of reform, many school boards have lost their power to mayoral and even state takeovers and traditional public schools have come under attack.

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Maryland students avoid ‘double-testing’

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About 25,000 elementary and middle school students in Maryland public schools, who will take the new Common Core exams for a test-drive next month, have been excused by federal officials from also having to take the Maryland School Assessment.

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What Flappy Bird’s success can teach the game industry

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A funny thing happened in the mobile gaming world this month. As the industry has been working to craft sophisticated mobile games and promotion campaigns to serve a growing number of mobile gamers, the app that got the most attention was one that seriously bucked the trend: It had one mechanic, no story, no progression and became a hit with nearly no organized promotion.

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How investing in paste and crayons can help save Detroit and other big cities

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Valerie Strauss - It’s about early childhood education.

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How ‘data walls’ in classrooms can humiliate young kids

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Valerie Struass - A long time ago I had a math teacher at West Miami Junior High School who changed the seating arrangement in my class every week according to how well each of her students did on weekly exams. Given that math was not one of my better subjects, this weekly exercise generally left me mortified with my seat assignment. It did nothing to spur me to do better, as it was presumably intended.

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House Democrats to Duncan: States are backsliding on help for low achievers

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House Democratic leaders are worried that Education Secretary Arne Duncan is not doing enough to hold states accountable for educating public school students who are low-income, minority, disabled or English-language learners.

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A fight is brewing over tests in the Common Core age

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 59, Clicks: 4)  
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Testing season begins soon in U.S. public schools, requiring millions of students to spend days answering standardized questions in math and reading, as mandated by an outdated federal law. But this year is filled with tumult. Educators are questioning the purpose of testing, lawmakers in several states are pushing back against federal regulations, and a momentous standoff between California — the state with the largest number of public school students — and the Obama administration looms.

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Keeping women in high-tech fields is big challenge, report finds

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The difficulty in getting more young women into science and high-tech fields has received a lot of attention recently, including from a new national mentorship program for budding female scientists as well as Super Bowl ads for engineering toys designed for girls. But keeping women in those fields — and helping them reach the top — may be an even bigger challenge.

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