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NAEP Releases Data Backpack Tools
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:04:06 -0400 Educators can use the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data backpack tools to better understand student performance on the test and make informed decisions that improve student achievement. The data backpack helps educators identify NAEP’s proficient level of achievement and see how their state or district performance compares to the rest of the nation. The tool also provides information about district-level NAEP performance and how in-school and at-home factors affect student achievement, and allows educators to explore NAEP lessons on technology-based assessments. Use the data backpack to discover ways you can: Explore Achievement - learn how students are performing...
U.S. Department of Education Announces Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:06:20 -0400 As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated – including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities. The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to...
CEC Unites with PACER Center and Partners for National Bullying Month
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:31:12 -0400 The End of Bullying Begins with Me is the message to remember during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort to encourage everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. PACER offers a variety of resources to use year-round, but especially during October, to inspire, educate, and inform. CEC continues to partner with PACER Center on this important issue. What...
New Leaders and Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership released Great Principals at Scale Report
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:41:09 -0400 New Leaders and the Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership (AREL) launched the Conditions for Effective Leadership Project and partnered with leading researchers and practitioners to generate a comprehensive and research-based framework outlining the conditions necessary for transformational school leaders to succeed. Based on results from the Conditions for Effective Leadership Project, which included more than 20 education and leadership experts brought together by the Bush Institute and New Leaders, Great Principals at Scale: Creating District Conditions That Enable All Principals to Be Effective offers a framework of conditions that can help districts enable great school leadership. The Great...
RTT-ELC: Program Spotlight and Technical Assistance
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:52:30 -0400 ED and HHS are pleased to release a new resource on Kindergarten Entry Assessments in Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge States. Under their Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants, States are revising existing or implementing new kindergarten entry assessment (KEA) tools. This document provides an overview of the assessment instruments currently in use or being developed by the 20 States that have been awarded RTT-ELC grants. It details which States are collaborating on KEA development, and it provides information on the time frames for developing and conducting the assessments. The information in this...
ED Releases Preschool Development Grants
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:39:08 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education recently released applications for the Preschool Development Grants competition. There are two types of grants. Development Grants that will will support states with either small or no state preschool programs to implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs in one or more high-need communities. Expansion Grants are for states with more robust state preschool programs or that have received a Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant. These states must implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs in two or more high-need communities. It’s the communities that will really drive the implementation of these...
70% of Americans Favor Federal Funds for Preschool Expansion
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:27:39 -0400 A new Gallup poll shows that 7 in 10 Americans say they favor using federal money to make sure high-quality preschool programs are available for every child in the country. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to fund universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all 4-year-olds in his FY 2015 budget request. Many governors and mayors are also calling for an expansion of early education. Research shows the short- and long-term benefits of attending high-quality preschool which may be one reason for Americans' widespread support for the proposal. Read more here.
DEC Kicks Off Early Learning Campaign at Conference this Week
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:48:40 -0400 DEC in collaboration with CEC announces its campaign for support of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act and increased funding for Early Childhood IDEA programs today. Increasing access to and opportunities for high-quality early learning is one of the best investments our country can make and has broad bipartisan support: 71% agree that now is the time to make an increased investment in our nation’s young children and their families (First Five Years Fund poll, 2014). 85% believe that ensuring children get a strong start is important, second only to increasing job and economic growth (First Five Years Fund...
Opportunities to Learn for Teachers and Leaders Webinar This Friday!
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:27:21 -0400 The CEEDAR Center is holding a special webinar on O(TL)2, or Opportunities to Learn for Teachers and Leaders. This concept undergirds technical assistance–it is believed that outcomes for children with disabilities will improve if there is a strong commitment to improving professional learning systems in evidence-based ways. To learn more about how CEEDAR is operationalizing this concept through technical assistance with states, please join them for a webinar with Mary Brownell (director of the CEEDAR Center) on October 3rd, 1pm Eastern. Click here to register for free!
PARCC Assessments: Top Ten
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:59:11 -0400 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. The PARCC states’ high quality assessments will allow parents and educators to see how children are progressing in school and whether they are on track for postsecondary success. The PARCC assessment also provides teachers with the ability to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help. Learn more about the PARCC assessment. Here are 10 things you should...