December 11, 2012

December 11th, 2012

Category: Policy and Practice

Local News

The News Journal
Sussex could add college-proposed university hopes to start by 2014
A big opportunity could be on the horizon for prospective college students as a new four-year university is hoping to call Sussex County home. The American College of Delaware, to be located between Lewes and Milton, could open as early as September 2014. An exact location hasn’t been determined.

National News

Education Week
U.S. math, science scores exceed world average
But American 4th and 8th graders are still in the shadow of peers in high-performing East Asian nations on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.

Classes a la carte: State test a new school model  
Some states—including Louisiana, Michigan, Arizona, and Utah—have adopted or are considering a new education model that allows students to build a custom curriculum by selecting from hundreds of classes offered by public institutions and private vendors. Backers of the concept acknowledge there will be challenges but say the one-size-fits-all “factory model” of public school is woefully outdated.

Anchorage Daily News
Alaska teachers to be evaluated on student achievement starting in 2015  
The Alaska board of education approved a rule change that adds student learning data to teachers’ job evaluations. The action moves forward a plan to base 20% of a teacher’s assessment on their students’ academic growth and performance starting in the 2015-2016 school year. By the 2018-19 school year student learning will make up 50% of the evaluation.

Huffington Post
7 things that have shaped the teaching profession over the past two decades  
Over the past 20 years, the teaching force has become larger, grayer, greener, more female, more diverse, and less stable, according to a study published by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. The report identifies seven major trends and changes shaping the teaching profession in the United States.

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