Ed News for November 17th

posted Nov 17, 2013, 8:22 AM by Joe OReilly

The latest version of K12 News for Ed Researchers is out http://bit.ly/18mG3K1. This blast is also posted as a message at www.redirectors.org.  Note that some links are only found in this message, they will not link in the news blast.                                                             

****Greetings, DREs. I am working with a small district in which there is a lack of computer access (and computer literacy) among many parents.  Hence, parent surveys need to be paper-based, rather than computer-based.  What are you using in your district or organization for similar situations?  Have any of you had a positive experience with software for scanning plain paper surveys, other than with Remark? For a variety of reasons, we are looking at alternatives to Remark..... Thanks for any suggestions or experiences you can share. Karen Banks  datadetectives@comcast.net  (Karen was the DRE in Wake County Schools before retiring to the northwest where she consults with school districts)


Global Best Practices for secondary schools  http://newenglandssc.org/resources/publications

STEM shortage – fact or fiction? http://chronicle.com/article/The-STEM-Crisis-Reality-or/142879/?key=GzolIAFpOXEdYHhnMmkWMz8BaXdvMUhyNXdNOHx1bltXEQ%3D%3D==

Students’ planned majors in college may not match their academic strengths. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/college_bound/2013/11/high_school_students_planned_college_majors_and_academic_interests_often_are_a_mismatch.html

Carnegie Mellon is creating a public database on student learning using technology http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/11/12/carnegie-mellon-u-launches-initiative-improve-student-learning-technology

Wallace Foundation on principles for successful after school arts programs for urban students  http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/arts-education/Community-Approaches-to-Building-Arts-Education/Pages/Something-to-Say-Success-Principles-for-Afterschool-Arts-Programs.aspx

I am from the federal government and I am here to help. The What Works Clearinghouse guide to teaching math to young children.  http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/practiceguide.aspx?sid=18

An objection to a Gates funded vendor or a harbringer of bigger challenges to state (and district) data systems? http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2013/11/lawsuit_filed_in_new_york_to_h.html

Montgomery County’s Supe makes the case for a testing accountability moratorium  http://educationnext.org/a-testing-moratorium-is-necessary/

Do standards matter? A conservative commentator says yes, and includes research citations.  http://edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/common-core-watch/back-to-basics-do-standards-matter#.UoTG0_-RwYE.twitter

A map of i3 sites – who would have thought Utah would be such a hotspot and the vast Missouri and Mississippi River watersheds would be virtually devoid of applicants?  https://explore.data.gov/Education/i3-Fund-2013-Highest-Rated-Applications-Implementa/2bhu-swtq

Global randomistas  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/11/jpal-randomized-trials/

Pearson’s ROI? $4.3B last year. It’s ROE (return on education)? Unknown, but the company plans on reporting “audited learning outcomes” in future years along with its profit statements.  With the announcement Pearson released two reports on measuring learning outcomes. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2013/11/education_giant_pearson_to_report_audited_learning_outcomes.html

Lagniappe: Do you live in a super zip? DC? #1. NY? 4 of the top 15 spots. SoCal? So good. Cary NC (known among locals as an acronym for Containment Area for Relocated Yankees and home to SAS and Wake County Schools)? In the top 100. Click on the map to see your area’s rating  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2013/11/09/washington-a-world-apart/

As always, if you have a link or study to share, send it my way.

Joe O’Reilly