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AM News: New York Scores Up (But Union Still Won't Endorse Cuomo)

Five Things You Need to Know About NYC Scores on State Tests WNYC: State Education Commissioner John King speculated on Thursday that the city showed more gains because it began training groups of teachers and principals in the Common Core learning standards a few years ago, ahead of other districts. 

N.Y. Union Won't Endorse in Governor's Race Teacher Beat: NYSUT opted not to endorse Cuomo or any other candidate for the 2014 governor's race.

Why The Atlanta Testing Scandal Matters NPR: The pressure placed on schools and educators by high-stakes tests can lead to unintended consequences.

Helping Students Make Sense Of A Young Black Man's Death In Missouri NPR: The shooting of Michael Brown may raise questions for students, and teachers need to be prepared.

 Philadelphia Schools to Open on Time Amid Millions in Budget Cuts NYT: The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a cigarette tax for the city that would make the budget reductions temporary.

LAUSD says it's not subject to state's 'parent trigger' law this year NYT: In a letter last year, a U.S. Department of Education official told Deasy the federal waiver did not exempt L.A. Unified from identifying schools for improvement, corrective action or restructuring, and did not affect any related state laws.


More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

Why is a Reagan-era report driving today’s education reformHechinger Report: The new evaluation system, along with many of the other changes roiling American education, can be traced directly back to a set of old ideas – as old as Curtis’s tenure at Curtis High. In many ways, the report has defined the careers of a generation of educators like her – and the educations of a generation of American public school students.

The new school year brings changes to the region’s schools Washington Post: The 2014-2015 school year begins with a lot happening in the world of education, from the implementation of the Common Core State Standards tests in many states (including The District and Maryland) — and a backlash against them — to high-profile challenges against teacher tenure. 

Parents paying big bucks for back-to-school supplies NBC: There’s a case of sticker shock over what some moms and dads are calling ridiculously long school-supply lists. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

Mom Gives Birth at School, Registering Son for Pre-K NBC: A pregnant Texas woman, hoping to quickly go into a school to drop off her son's Pre-K registration, suddenly gives birth, with help from the school nurse. KPRC's Phil Archer reports.


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Re: the testing story in Atlanta: I saw this same emphasis on students who were "on the bubble" when I was English department chair at Locke High School in Los Angeles. Our local area superintendent, who now is just leaving her temporary post on L.A. Unified's school board, urged us to get "strategic" by focusing on those pupils whose scores were basic and below basic on the state's proficiency scale, since moving them up a level would more rapidly improve our school's Academic Performance Index than would increasing the ratings of other students. I was appalled; this showed the corrupting influence of California's entire Standardized Testing And Reporting system. And WNYC's story on testing in New York just reinforces the urgency for states to stop oppressing local districts, as the states seem to have joined together in a conspiracy to ignore real students and to perversely remove incentives towards excellence while politicians game systems to make themselves look good.

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