Duncan to Congress: Giving States Flexibility is Working | ED.gov Blog | Eleanore’s Ramblings…

Duncan to Congress: Giving States Flexibility is Working | ED.gov Blog | Eleanore’s Ramblings….

Yes, this is a repost from another blog site, originally from the Department of Education blog site at http://ed.gov/blog.  This particular post caught my eye because it speaks to a more local level of control over appropriate educational programming, based on each state’s specific educational needs.  Through participation in the Common Core of Data (CCD) via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, at http://nces.ed.gov/ccd), the comparison of learned skills continues so that states monitor their students’ educational achievements against those of students in other states, but they do so differently than was originally proscribed by NCLB.  Unlike in NCLB which stressed a single test to measure progress across the nation, a program of how and what is taught and assessed is developed locally, by administrators and officials who know their population best.

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NAEP Questions Tool v4.0

Have you ever wondered what the questions look like for the NAEP? Here’s a tool that lets your know. I found some of the questions interesting. For example, I landed on a music knowledge question. Considering that many schools are dropping their music programs because districts are losing funding, I found the “music responding” content classification to be nearly superfluous at this time. However, a lot of schools have managed to save their programs, so perhaps this content area is not so surprising. However, here’s the link to the tool. Explore, learn, and enjoy!

NAEP Questions Tool v4.0.

URL: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/itmrlsx/detail.aspx

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Some Ideas to Strengthen Poor-Performing Schools?

Check out this site about things that have been tried to improve poor-performing schools, and some ideas that might actually work. It takes you to a Facebook site. Enjoy!!

http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/110919399.html?referrer=facebook

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