What happens when states un-standardize tests?

Few educators are fans of fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests that don’t yield results until after students leave the classroom… More

These six teacher-evaluation systems have gotten results, analysis says

The National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based think tank that advocates for measuring teacher effectiveness through objective data like test scores, studied evidence of the outcomes of teacher-evaluation reform in six places: Denver; the Dallas Independent School District; the District of Columbia; Newark, N.J.; New Mexico; and Tennessee. Education Week, Oct… More

The teen brain: How schools can help students manage emotions and make better decisions

Adolescence tends to be seen by parents — and many teachers — with dread. Teenagers are likelier to engage in risky behaviors and disengage from school. But emerging cognitive and neuroscience research suggests ways schools can help leverage teens' strengths in this unique developmental period. Education Week, Oct. 10, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

PA education secretary highlights resiliency of English-language learners

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera signed a Puerto Rican flag Thursday to help Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School mark Hispanic Heritage Month. Herald Mail, Oct… More

School counselors struggle to meet the varied needs of all students

Debates about how to best support students’ mental health are playing out at the state and local levels as schools wrestle with concerns over student safety, wellness and the pressures of preparing them for college or the workforce… More

Wolf, Wagner grilled by a tough panel — Philly schoolkids

Gov. Wolf and Scott Wagner, the former state senator, fielded questions from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from local schools, vowing to keep schoolchildren safe and fund their schools robustly, though their visions for what that meant and how it should happen differed sharply. Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct… More

Wolf leads Wagner in large donations in PA governor’s race — a breakdown

About a month before Election Day, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has raised significantly more money than Republican challenger Scott Wagner. The candidates are next required to disclose their latest contributions by October 26. WHYY, Oct… More

RAND study shows ‘restorative practices’ have positive effect on Pittsburgh Public Schools

The RAND Corporation released preliminary results of a two-year study on restorative practices in Pittsburgh schools, research that began shortly after the district was awarded a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct… More

How People Learn — a landmark report gets an update

In an update to its landmark reports on education research, the National Academies' new How People Learn II digs into what science can tell schools about how to build on students' culture and experience to improve learning. Education Week, Oct. 8, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

State schools chiefs — who’s elected, who’s not, and races to watch this year

Nationally, there's been a major shake up in recent years over who's in charge of education policy in states, sparked in part by the federal government's 2015 decision under the Every Student Succeeds Act to concede much of its oversight of states' accountability systems and learning standards. Education Week, Oct… More