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The Global Search for Education: How to Improve – From Australia

C.M. Rubin, CM Rubin World, February 8, 2015      “Highly effective schools in Australia are not different from highly effective schools anywhere. They have a strong focus on continual improvement, often with explicit school-wide goals for improving current school practices and levels of student achievement.” — Geoff Masters      In his paper, “Is […]

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Small school districts seek help holding onto four-day weeks

Hank Long, Session Daily, February 6, 2015 Nearly six years ago, teachers, students and families living in the northern Minnesota town of Blackduck took a chance on a new way of life – a four-day school week. The impetus for such an endeavor? The district of about 700 students calculated it would save as much […]

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Testing and Assessment: Terms and Acronyms

Formative assessments – Tests, quizzes, skills checks, observations that teachers use on an ongoing basis to modify and evaluate their instruction and check for student understanding Summative assessments – Tests that take place after a given unit of instruction or academic period that are used to judge student competency and program or course effectiveness MCAs […]

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TDE/ATPPS Work Group Recommendations

TDE/ATPPS Work Group: Letter to the Legislature Teacher Development and Evaluation/Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System (TDE/ATPPS) Alignment Work Group’s recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature Purpose: “To better align Minnesota’s alternative teacher professional pay system under Minnesota Statutes, sections 122A.413 to 122A.416, and Minnesota’s teacher development and evaluation program under Minnesota Statutes, sections 122A.40, Subdivision 8, and […]

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Public schools aren’t failing

Kay McSpadden, Charlotte Observer, January 30, 2015 New research that factors in socioeconomics shows strong results by American schools. In a stroke of whimsy or irony, two new studies about American education have been released in time to get the most media coverage during School Choice Week. The first, from the National Center for Education […]

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Advocates make pitch for increased early ed funding 

Hank Long, Session Daily, January 22, 2015 A coalition of early education advocates are convinced they have found the most effective way to close the achievement gap. It starts early, they say. And it takes support from a variety of community resources and state funding to ensure that all children are kindergarten ready. MinneMinds — […]

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School Funding is a Warm Sweater

I was recently standing around the printer for teacher’s use at my son’s public elementary school, waiting for my Lego League rules to print. In the 23 minutes I waited, 9 teachers popped in and out to see if their print job was done. “Yes,” they agreed. Printing and copying in this building is under-resourced […]

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Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post, January 16, 2015   For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of […]

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Battle Lines Drawn on Annual Testing in ESEA Renewal

Alyson Klein and Lauren Camera, Education Week, January 16, 2015 Thirteen years after mandating high-stakes testing, Congress is kicking off its most serious attempt yet to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with partisan wrangling over whether to ditch the law’s signature schedule of annual assessments. But a closer look shows that, behind the scenes, the politics […]

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K-12 as we know it is on the move

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune, January 16, 2015 Changes in big public systems often come glacially — that is, very slowly for a long while. Then external conditions shift just enough, and an entire ice sheet falls into the sea. We’ll discuss the science of glaciers another day. Today’s topic is a long-cold idea that’s thawing […]

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