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1/19/2018

The National Assessment of Educational Progress -- also known as the Nation's Report Card -- sets a higher bar for academic performance than some international assessments, according to a report by the National Superintendents Roundtable and the Horace Mann League of the USA. Peggy Carr, acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, agreed with the report that the US assessment is rigorous but disagrees on the accuracy in measuring performance of students.

1/19/2018

Building relationships with students and their families begins on the first day of school, asserts Andres Pazo, a kindergarten teacher in an English-as-a-second-language Spanish class in Denver. In this Q&A, he shares a favorite lesson in which students write about things important to them -- and his passion for cycling.

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Andres Pazo
1/19/2018

Students across grades in seven Washington school districts will attend theater performances based on the book "The Children of Willesden Lane," to learn the true story of an Austrian girl who escaped the Nazis. Many of the students also are reading the book, written by Mona Golabek about her mother's story of survival and who performs the one-woman stage show.

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Mona Golabek
1/19/2018

The SmartBrief Education team each year celebrates educator voice with the annual Educator's Choice Content Award. Meet this year's winners, Kerry Gallagher and Brian Sztabnik. Read more.

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1/19/2018

Students attending rural schools generally graduate in four years at higher rates than the national average, but that's not true for black, Hispanic and other nonwhite students in rural areas, according to a report from the Rural School and Community Trust. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show such students also are less likely to enroll in college.

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1/19/2018

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's new Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning seeks to train scientists, engineers, linguists and others for careers in teaching. The program builds on traditional methods by adding virtual-reality simulations and a competency-based system.

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MIT, Virtual reality
1/19/2018

Student performance and principal retention has improved since Chicago Public Schools prioritized recruiting and retaining strong school leaders, acting CPS CEO Janice Jackson said during a recent meeting. Data from a principal survey show retention rates at 85% in 2016-17, compared with 81% in 2015-16.

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1/19/2018

School leaders often make decisions about filtering internet content in schools, and defining how and what to filter is a good first step, says Mike Jamerson, director of technology at Indiana's Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Jamerson and others offer best practices for filtering.

1/19/2018

The Connecticut Supreme Court has determined that the state is fulfilling its education-funding obligations -- overturning a lower court's ruling. The Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding is asking the state court to reconsider its ruling.

1/19/2018

Some states are having difficulty meeting standards set by the Every Student Succeeds Act for children living in foster care, according to an analysis by The Chronicle of Social Change. The analysis found that about 37% of foster care youths nationwide live in states with potential compliance issues.

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