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November 13, 2013
Rise & Shine: After A66, lawmakers and administrators are looking for another fix
Good morning! Here are the headlines for Nov. 13.
November 12, 2013
Rise & Shine: Dougco board member wants to make friends after election
Your morning education headlines for Nov. 12, 2013.
November 11, 2013
Rise & Shine: Boulder schools experiment with extended learning time
COLORADO A curriculum created by the agency that polices doping in sports is trying to teach students ethics. EdNews Colorado Many schools are preparing to…
November 8, 2013
Here’s a roundup of what educators and politicians are saying about NAEP
There was interesting discussion Thursday about how Tennessee did on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” As Chalkbeat…
November 8, 2013
Rise & Shine: States working to ease jitters about Common Core
COLORADO Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announces her retirement after a GOP-backed majority takes board control in Tuesday’s election. EdNews Colorado A charter network…
November 7, 2013
Haslam, Huffman praise teachers for increased test scores
Tennessee’s governor Bill Haslam and education commissioner Kevin Huffman praised teachers for their hard work in boosting the National Assessment of Educational Progress test scores.
November 7, 2013
Tennessee students lead the nation in growth on NAEP
Tennessee students made some of the largest gains in the country in this year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the so-called "nation's report card." Tennessee is "one of the few bright spots" in the NAEP data this year, said Erik Hanushek, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. Most states' scores increased by just one point in 4th and 8th grade math and 4th grade reading and by three points on 8th grade reading between 2011 and 2013. But scores for both 4th and 8th grade students in Tennessee jumped between 4 and 7 points in each of the tested subjects. “It's hard to move the needle on all four grades and subjects unless you're really doing something,” said Jack Buckley, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers NAEP. In Tennessee, as elected officials planned press conferences today celebrating the increased scores that were released this morning, educators debated what, exactly, may have caused the growth. Both the District of Columbia and Tennessee schools have been home to dramatic reforms in teacher compensation and evaluation in recent years, and were among the early adopters of policies that tie teacher pay and evaluations to student test scores. But similar policies are in place around the country now. National Assessment A national representative sample of 342,000 8th graders and 377,000 4th graders took the reading and math tests early this year. More data from the 2013 tests, including national scores for 12th graders in reading and math, will be released in the coming months. Individual schools' and students' scores on NAEP are not publicized. While each state has its own standardized test, each of which has changed over time, the NAEP remains relatively constant and is designed to allow for comparisons to be made between states and over time. State and education leaders use the data to compare where states fall academically and how different groups of students fare within their states. The data are also frequently used to make claims about national education progress compared to other countries, with some experts saying, for instance, that low NAEP scores are a threat to national security. On the 2013 test, Tennessee students made the largest gains in the country in 4th and 8th grade reading. Tennessee 4th and 8th graders' math test score gains outpaced every state except for the District of Columbia. Tennessee, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools were the only jurisdictions that saw increases in both tested subjects in both tested grades. (See chart below for more detail.) Tennessee leads the nation in growth, but big disparities remain | Infographics Referendum on Reforms?
November 7, 2013
Rise & Shine: Colorado reassesses school finance after Amendement 66’s defeat
COLORADO The release of the “nation’s report card” shows that Colorado lags in improving its middle school scores but has had success in elementary school.
November 6, 2013
Rise & Shine: Teens arrested at Noel, Post a fair weather fan on tax increase
COLORADO The architects of Amendment 66, which went down in flames Tuesday, say they’re committed to school funding reform but don’t have any immediate plans. …
November 5, 2013
Rise & Shine: Colorado education issues top list of races to watch on Election Night
COLORADO So far, more Republicans than Democrats have voted in this election, where turnout may have a large impact. EdNews Colorado Denver Public Schools…
November 4, 2013
Rise & Shine: Supporters of Dougco reforms expand reach to other board races
COLORADO DPS board candidates who support the current district administration are still out-fundraising opponents by a wide margin in the latest round of campaign finance…
November 2, 2013
Wide gaps in DPS board fundraising persist in second campaign filings
Updated: Denver Public Schools board candidates who support the current district administration's slate of policies continue to far outpace their opponents in fundraising, according to the second round of campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State's office on Friday.
November 1, 2013
Rise & Shine: NoCo business leaders split on Amendment 66
Amendment 66 far from a sure thing, despite massive war chest. Plus: the Halloween debate as told by 40 adults who have nothing better to do; and Napolitano creates fund for DREAM students.
October 31, 2013
Rise & Shine: Questions raised over conflicts in DPS board race
COLORADO The pro- and anti-Amendment 66 forces are gearing up for the final days of their campaign. EdNews Colorado The new state Senate majority…
October 30, 2013
Rise & Shine: Gessler to campaign for Dougco candidates
COLORADO Scott Gessler, Colorado secretary of state and candidate for governor, will campaign for the conservative candidates in DougCo. Our Colorado News Briggsdale…
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