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Fourth TEDxStanford Focuses On Transition, Transformation

quoting Alice L. Miller, Amy Zegartvia Stanford Daily
Friday, May 22, 2015

The fourth TEDxStanford took place at CEMEX Auditorium throughout the day on May 17, featuring 18 Stanford-affiliated speakers. Themed “Turning Point,” this year’s TEDxStanford revolved around the topic of transition. The TED talks, each spanning about 18 minutes, covered a wide range of subjects of different scope, from how the speaker embraced a transformative period in life to how technological changes have been altering society.

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Jerry Brown Stands In Way Of Teachers Union Fight To Extend Prop 30 Tax Cuts

quoting Bill Whalenvia Breitbart News Network
Monday, May 18, 2015

Proponents of Proposition 30, which temporarily raised tax rates in California, are pressing Gov. Jerry Brown to continue with the tax increases even though the state now has ample black ink and revenues are expected to climb even without the additional taxes.


Common Core And Classroom Instruction: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

by Tom Lovelessvia EducationNext
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This post continues a series begun in 2014 on implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The first installment introduced an analytical scheme investigating CCSS implementation along four dimensions:  curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability.  Three posts focused on curriculum.  This post turns to instruction.  Although the impact of CCSS on how teachers teach is discussed, the post is also concerned with the inverse relationship, how decisions that teachers make about instruction shape the implementation of CCSS.

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Education Reforms Like Common Core Standards Help Beat Back 'Tide Of Mediocrity'

by Michael J. Petrilli, Michael Brickmanvia
Saturday, May 16, 2015

2015 will carry special significance throughout much of the country — including New Jersey— as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards. This spring, students statewide are taking the PARCC test, a next-generation exam aligned to the new, tougher standards. This marks a critical milestone not just for the Common Core but, more importantly, for the decades-long journey to improve America's schools.

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Rise In Number Of Students Reporting Exam Stress – Weekly News Review

mentioning Eric Hanushekvia Guardian (UK)
Friday, May 15, 2015

The UK economy could be boosted by ensuring all pupils reach basic levels of achievement, according to a new report by the OECD.  The figures were compiled by two economists, Eric Hanushek of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Ludger Woessmann at the University of Munich. They were based on the international rankings of 15-year-olds using the OECD’s Pisa tests.

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Let’s Not Replace The Honesty Gap With A Reality Gap

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, May 14, 2015

In 2007, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published what was probably the most influential study in our eighteen-year history: The Proficiency Illusion. Using data from state tests and NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress, our partners at NWEA estimated the “proficiency cut scores” of most of the states in the country.

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Venture Capitalists Help Connect Low-Income Students With Elite Colleges

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Investors here have gleefully trumpeted technology’s disruption of everything from transportation to entertainment. Now, they have a new target: college admissions.


The State Of Preschool 2014

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Monday, May 11, 2015

Cohabitation continues between the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). And they don't appear to be practicing birth control, because every year brings one or two new joint products. NIEER's hot-off-the-presses report—the tenth in its series of annual "state of preschool" data-and-advocacy scorecards—was again paid for via a multi-year sole-source contract from the National Center for Education Statistics, and was released at an event featuring none other than Arne Duncan.


A Turnaround District For Pennsylvania’s Lowest-Performing Schools By Michael J. Petrilli

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On May 13, Fordham President Michael J. Petrilli delivered testimony before a Pennsylvania State Senate committee. These were his remarks. As a strong conservative and a strong supporter of education reform, I am pleased to speak in favor of Senate Bill 6 and its intent to create an Achievement School District for Pennsylvania. Turnaround school districts are among the most promising reforms in American education today.

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Ensuring All Pupils Reach Basic Levels Of Achievement 'Could Boost Economy'

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Guardian
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The figures were compiled by two economists, Eric Hanushek of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Ludger Woessmann of the University of Munich, and based on the international rankings of 15-year-olds using the OECD’s triennial Pisa tests across 76 countries.


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