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AM News: National Assessment Scores Dragged Down by Student Absenteeism

NAEP Scores Dragged Down By Students Who Missed Past School, Data Show InsideSchoolResearch: Background data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress add to the growing pile of evidence that student absenteeism can hamstring a district's performance on the test dubbed the "Nation's Report Card." In large urban districts, 8th-grade students who missed three or more days in the previous month of school had an average mathematics score of 260 on the 2011 NAEP, 21 points lower than those who missed no school. 


Sequestration Cuts Forcing Schools That Serve Military, Native American Students To Squeeze HuffPostEdu: Mt. Adams serves Washington's Yakima Reservation -- many of its students are Native Americans who live in poverty. That means that unlike most U.S. school districts, Strom counts on a funding stream straight from the federal government, called "Impact Aid," to pay for one-fifth of his budget. This school year, Strom cut five teachers and five assistants -- small cuts that feel big in a tiny rural district that only has 63 teachers to begin with. 

Carmel Martin Leaving U.S. Department of Education PoliticsK12:  Carmel Martin, who has been one of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's right-hand people, will be leaving the U.S. Department of Education to oversee policy development at the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank closely aligned with the Obama administration. This is a potentially ground-shifting development at the Education Department.

Special education expansion brings challenges, hope to Newark school HechingerReport: Quitman is one of eight historically low-performing sites in Newark designated as “renewal schools” this academic year. Renewal schools received an influx of resources, including iPads for the autistic children, and principals were granted autonomy over most staffing decisions. In exchange, the schools received students from failing, under-enrolled schools that were shut down, and they agreed to turn themselves around to avoid the same fate. Nearly all the students transferred to Quitman have significant disabilities.

Judge Intervenes In Heated Battle Over Alabama's Education Bill NPR: A judge in Alabama has blocked the state's governor from signing a school choice bill, after a lawsuit alleged that lawmakers bypassed state rules when they substantially revised the legislation in committee. The vote to pass the bill last week was marked by confusion, anger, and accusations of "sleaziness" and "hypocrisy," as AL.com reported.

Program Teaches Hispanics Learning Techniques to Narrow Achievement Gap WSJ: The women had gathered for a session of Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), a nationwide course that helps Latino parents improve the educational outcome of their children. Lesson 1: "I am my child's first teacher; our home, my child's first school." The number of Hispanic children grew more than any other group by far over the past decade. Hispanics account for more than half of all students in the public schools of California, Texas and New Mexico—and they face big educational challenges.


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