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12/10/2015
by Stephen Sawchuk
December 10, 2015
 
Certain states will see a Christmas bonus-sized increase in their cut of federal teacher-quality funds, while others will have to start looking for spare change under the couch cushions, thanks to a major change in how the cash is doled out.
 
The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law today by President Obama, makes a raft of changes to school accountability, interventions, and the U.S. Secretary of Education's authority.
12/09/2015
by Alyson Klein
December 9, 2015
 
Hear that collective whoop from the Capitol? That's the sound of education advocates and lawmakers cheering at the finish line as the first rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in more than a dozen years sails through Congress and on to the White House. 
 
The U.S.
12/08/2015
by Stephen Sawchuk
December 8, 2015
 
One little-noticed provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, seems to be raising some consternation in the teacher-prep field: a proposal to allow states to use federal teacher-quality funds to sponsor a new kind of teacher-preparation program.
 
ESSA is poised to replace the No Child Left Behind Act.
12/07/2015
by Justin Reich
December 7, 2015
 
Today's guest post comes from two colleagues at the Harvard Kennedy School, Todd Rogers and Kim Bohling, who have been using text messages as a tool to rally social support structures for students. In this post, they share some of their practical tips for educators. 
 
Recently, we've noticed a growing interest in using text messaging as a means for improving and expanding parent outreach in schools.
12/04/2015
by Charles Cole III
December 4, 2015
 
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit schools with local Oakland parents. We went to Milpitas. Milpitas isn’t too far away from Oakland geographically but some of the schools we saw felt like a different world for some of our parents.
 
In a previous article, I wrote about those differences in the schools.
12/04/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
December 4, 2015
 
It was still dark at 7:00am when a yellow bus pulled up in a strip-mall parking lot outside a Rent-A-Center in Southeast Washington.
12/04/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler and Peter Hermann
December 4, 2015
 
In the three days since a gun was found on campus, Wilson High School has increased security staff, repaired exterior doors and instituted daily “sweeps” of the building, according to a letter Principal Kimberly Martin sent to the school community Friday.
 
A new “special police officer” and an additional security staff member have been assigned to the school, the city’s largest with more than 1,800 students.
12/03/2015
by Andrew Ujifusa
December 3, 2015
 
At several points during the past year, U.S.
12/02/2015
by Alyson Klein
December 2, 2015
 
Almost 14 years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a huge, bipartisan margin to pass the No Child Left Behind Act, which put the federal government front and center when it came to how K-12 schools measured student performance and fixed struggling schools.
 
But on Wednesday, the House almost as overwhelmingly approved the Every Student Succeeds Act, 359 to 64.
12/02/2015
by Natalie Wexler
December 2, 2015 
 
This week Mayor Muriel Bowser and other DC officials released long-awaited results for grades three through eight from the Common Core-aligned tests given last spring. As expected, scores were far lower than on the old tests, especially for low-income and minority students. But that doesn’t necessarily mean DC schools are on the wrong track.
 
Proficiency rates on DC’s old standardized reading and math tests hovered around 50 percent.
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