AM News: 61 Race to Top Finalists Include Charters, Consortiums & Boards of Education
Charter schools named Race to Top finalists as ‘districts’ TheAnswerSheet: The U.S. Education Department just named 61 finalists in its Race to the Top-District competition that will divide nearly $400 million among those deemed to have the “best” school reform plans. The finalists in the contest — which, to be clear, is intended for school districts, as the name of the competition suggests — include charter schools, charter school networks, district consortiums, and boards of education.
Jeb Bush, With Cash And Clout, Pushes Contentious School Reforms Reuters: And some of the policies Bush now pushes, such as vouchers and mandatory online classes, have no clear links to the test-score bump in Florida. Bush has been particularly vigorous about promoting online education, urging states to adopt policies written with input from companies that stand to profit from expanded cyber-schooling.
Fewer U.S. high school students say they've cheated in class: report DailyNews: That's according to a new study by the Los Angeles based Josephson Institute of Ethics, which found 51% of the 23,000 students sampled admitting to cheating on a test, down from 59% in 2010. It's the first time in a decade the number has gone down from previous years.
Teachers' Contract Includes Peer Review EdWeek: Some teachers will have the opportunity to earn up to $12,500 extra for getting a superior performance rating on evaluations, teaching in a low-performing school, or teaching a high-need subject. Also for the first time, peer reviews will become a formal part of the evaluation process.
Philadelphia Principal Describes Fallout of Test-Score Inflation NewsWorks: Despite her skepticism, Cruz says the 2010 PSSA results still led her to believe that only a small proportion of Comm Tech’s students needed remedial help. Rather than overhaul staffing patterns and course schedules to allow for a schoolwide intervention, she expanded use of Study Island.