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Posted: May 10, 2018 11:06 am

How Building and Using Assessments for Learning Support the Entire Education System

Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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May 10, 2018 11:06 am
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It was a difficult case, but one I am sure school district leaders across the country know all too well. Despite the best efforts of its staff, one specific demographically diverse middle school—full of bright, spirited adolescents—struggled to meet expectations on its state summative assessments. And I, a district instructional specialist, was tasked with turning this around.

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Assessments, Deeper Learning
Posted: May 09, 2018 01:04 pm

The Role of Race and Sex in School Discipline

Skyline High School in Oakland, California. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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May 09, 2018 01:04 pm
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“Students who are suspended from school lose important instructional time, are less likely to graduate on time, and are more likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the juvenile justice system.”

That finding comes from a March 2018 report from the Government Accountability Office—often referred to as the government’s watchdog.

So if the research on the negative effects of school suspensions is so clear, why aren’t more schools reconsidering the practice, especially considering very troubling data indicating that black students, boys, and students with disabilities are disproportionately subject to discipline practices?

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Discipline, Students of Color
Posted: May 08, 2018 12:16 pm

School Districts Identify Three Large Barriers to Offering Career and Technical Education to High School Students

MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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May 08, 2018 12:16 pm
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New data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides a closer look at access and barriers to career and technical education (CTE) offerings in public high schools across the country. Here is the good and bad news from the findings for the 2016-17 school year.

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Career & Technical Education
Posted: May 07, 2018 02:36 pm

A Real Crime: The Human Cost of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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May 07, 2018 02:36 pm
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“When I was 12 years old, I was really shy. I was just a normal little girl who was excited about middle school.”

So begins Gloria’s story about waiting in the lunch line when another student cut in front of her — and picked a fight with her friends. In the aftermath, Gloria was expelled, typecast, and nearly lost to both herself and her community.

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Discipline, School Safety
Posted: May 04, 2018 09:10 am

Deeper Learning Digest: What Sharing Toys Has to Do with Deeper Learning

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May 04, 2018 09:10 am
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Ever wonder what sharing toys has to do with deeper learning? This week’s digest examines how to measure hard-to-measure skills such as social emotional and deeper learning skills. It also focuses on educational equity in deeper learning, personalized learning and student outcomes, and how one teacher switched to a student-centered approach to math instruction.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest, Personalized Learning
Posted: April 27, 2018 12:24 pm

Federal Flash: Could New Federal Data Prevent DeVos From Rolling Back Obama-Era Rules?

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April 27, 2018 12:24 pm
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New federal data on bullying, discipline, and school safety should prompt tough questions about why certain groups of students are unfairly singled out. Could it also prevent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from rescinding Obama-era guidance on school discipline?  Today’s Federal Flash addresses that question, highlights new people taking over top positions at the U.S. Department of Education, and covers interesting comments on education coming from top Republicans on Capitol Hill.

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Federal Flash
Posted: April 23, 2018 03:31 pm

Ten Facts About Dual-Enrollment and Early College High School Programs

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April 23, 2018 03:31 pm
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Research shows that students who experience rigorous course work in their secondary schools demonstrate readiness for college-level work and complete postsecondary credentials at substantially higher rates than their peers experiencing less-rigorous preparatory course work.[1] Two efforts, early college high schools (ECHSs) and dual-enrollment programs, offer students the opportunity to pursue college-level credit-bearing course work while still in high school.

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Career & Technical Education, Career and Technical Education, High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement, Secondary School Improvement
Posted: April 20, 2018 10:12 am

Deeper Learning Digest: Have You Seen This New Deeper Learning Video?

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April 20, 2018 10:12 am
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How must education change to prepare students for success in today’s jobs—and for the jobs that haven’t even been invented yet? This week’s digest features a brand-new video from the Alliance for Excellent Education on how deeper learning is preparing students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Also check out new policy briefs on supporting teachers, a deeper learning showcase in Kentucky, and a “self-paced” learning model in Wyoming.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: April 13, 2018 01:06 pm

Federal Flash: Updates on ESSA State Plans, School Safety, the Nation’s Report Card, and New Federal Data on Digital Access

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April 13, 2018 01:06 pm
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This week’s Federal Flash checks in on the U.S. Education Department’s approval of state plans created under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), plus the first meeting of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s Federal Commission on School Safety. It also covers new federal reports on internet access, school discipline, and the latest results from the Nation’s Report Card in math and reading.

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Federal Flash
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