The New York State Education Department is seeking input concerning draft goals and guiding principles as they design systems in response to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is a great opportunity to be part of rebuilding concepts of assessment, accountability and curriculum! CLICK HERE for the site …

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Diane Ravitch, long time historian of education in America, weighs in on the crux of the Common Core problem in this thought-provoking article. CLICK HERE for full article

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Starting on July 2016, all permanently or professionally certified teachers and Level III teaching assistants working in public schools (those certified before 2004) are required to register with the State Education Department. This new one-time requirement also affects retired teachers who want to maintain their certification. Registering online is a …

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The Child Language Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas is conducting a survey to better understand services available to children in schools, and services available to students with language needs. The survey takes 10 – 15 minutes, and survey responses are completely anonymous. CLICK HERE for information and link to …

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More than 200 teachers and principals received erroneous scores from New York State on a contentious measurement that ties their performance to how well their students do on tests, according to state documents obtained by The New York Times. Read the full article at NYTIMES.COM

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LAST month, at the urging of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New York’s Board of Regents suspended the use of state tests to evaluate teachers. This is a wise first step, but it won’t improve our schools unless we go further and build a professionalized system of support that views teachers …

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The new acting secretary of education, Dr. John King Jr., steps into a role his predecessor, Arne Duncan, left deep in controversy. With support for Common Core waning and student debt skyrocketing, King faces a series of challenges. Read the full article here

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A QUARTER-CENTURY ago, Newark and nearby Union City epitomized the failure of American urban school systems. Students, mostly poor minority and immigrant children, were performing abysmally. Graduation rates were low. Plagued by corruption and cronyism, both districts had a revolving door of superintendents. New Jersey officials threatened to take over …

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