Archive of 2012 January

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Kindergarteners at the Keyboard

Posted on January 01, 2012

“It’s time to show what you know by finding words,” the announcer says. “In this game, you will click on words that mean the same thing as the word the narrator says. Click on the word that means the same thing as ‘marvelous.’ ” Lena, dressed in her school’s burgundy-plaid uniform, clicks on “wonderful,” and the announcer doesn’t waste time with praise. “Pay attention. Go as fast as you can and do your best,” he says. A few words later, she hesitates over “fragil

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What can we do About the Dropout Problem?

Posted on January 01, 2012

In his first address to Congress in February 2009, when the nation teetered on the brink of economic collapse, President Obama declared that “dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself, it’s quitting on your country—and this country needs and values the talents of every American.” Since then, the administration has made a major commitment to increasing America’s high school graduation rate, which was once the highest in the developed world

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Do Digital Textbooks Make a Difference?

Posted on January 01, 2012

South Korea is second in global rankings for reading, fourth for maths and fifth for science. Family spending on education is the highest in the world, as a proportion of household income. It has been among the most improved education systems in the world. In 1945, 78% of the population were illiterate. It now outperforms all European countries and the US at reading. In the 1980s, South Korea banned private tutoring. This year it introduced a ban on corporal punishment. Digital

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Are Virtual Schools Effective?

Posted on January 01, 2012

A Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight. K12 Inc. of Herndon has become the country’s largest provider of full-time public virtual schools, upending the traditional American notion that learning occurs in a schoolhouse where students share the experience. In K12’s virtual schools

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Preparing for Postsecondary Transition

Posted on January 01, 2012

Students with disabilities who are preparing for postsecondary education have an exciting road ahead of them. However, they need to consider many issues to ensure a successful experience in higher education. The good news is that the number of students with disabilities enrolling in and graduating from postsecondary education is increasing, and many have gone on to be successful in their chosen careers. Still, the numbers are small compared to individuals without disabilities. The postsecondary

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Can Schools Discipline Students for Online Behavior?

Posted on January 01, 2012

Court Upholds Discipline of Student Over Internet Bullying A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the school discipline of a student who allegedly bullied a classmate with an Internet page describing her as a "slut" with herpes. "Such harassment and bullying is inappropriate and hurtful and ... it must be taken seriously by school administrators in order to preserve an appropriate pedagogical environment," said the unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appe

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Preschool Saves us Money, but how Much?

Posted on January 01, 2012

President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have often claimed that the “return on investment,” or ROI, for pre-k is 10-to-1, meaning there is a $10 payoff in the future for every dollar invested today in pre-kindergarten education. Both advocates and opponents of publicly funded pre-k often cite such figures, which can range from lows of about 1.5-to-1 to highs in the upper teens. Returns on investment are calculated by performing cost-benefit analyses. They are typically re

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Utah Moves to Open Textbooks

Posted on January 01, 2012

The Utah State Office of Education announced that (1) it will be supporting the development of Utah-specific open textbooks for all secondary language arts, mathematics, and science courses, and (2) that the USOE recommends that all schools across the state consider these open textbooks for adoption in their secondary language arts, mathematics, and science courses for this fall (2012). The math and science books will be remixes of CK-12 materials (as per our existing pilot program), while t

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Developing Teacher Evaluations: Free Tools Help Involve Teachers

Posted on January 01, 2012

Too often, teachers' voices are left out when new teacher evaluation systems are designed and implemented. Everyone at the Table provides materials to genuinely engage teachers and stimulate candid and respectful dialogue that gets to the heart of their perspectives on teacher evaluation. Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform – operated by American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Public Agenda, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — is inte

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Common Core Accelerates Interest in Online PD

Posted on January 01, 2012

Educators plan to share resources across state and district lines Now that all but five states have adopted the common-core state standards, education leaders are working to create and distribute high-quality professional development to guide teachers through the transition. Those leaders cite the Internet as a powerful tool for sharing resources and materials across state and district lines. “There are only 28 standards [for math], which is fewer standards than ever before, but you now

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