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11-20-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Lucky 13 — Some School Districts to Get Aid Restored After Budget Cuts

That leaves the out-of-luck 35, whose applications for more than $20 million all told were turned down by New Jersey Department of Education

For all the debate and drama over state education aid last summer, the back and forth for dozens of districts over how much money they would receive this year has only just ended.

And for the majority of them, it didn’t end well.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/11/19/lucky-13-some-school-districts-to-get-aid-restored-after-budget-cuts/

John Mooney | November 20, 2018

 

 

Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--Newarkers Demand Details of District-Charter Enrollment Deal

At a hastily arranged meeting, the Newark school board OK’d a legal agreement that affects thousands of families. Few people have had access to the document

The Newark school board last week approved a lengthy legal agreement spelling out the details of the enrollment system that thousands of Newark families will use to apply to schools for the coming year.

Didn’t hear about it? You’re not alone.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/11/19/newarkers-demand-details-of-district-charter-enrollment-deal/

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | November 20, 2018

 

 

Star Ledger--Library is limiting book rentals to boost kids' screen time. Parents are peeved.

Every week, students at elementary schools in Mahwah could take out books from the school library. That changed at the start of this school year, and parents are concerned as to why. Some are downright angry.

Under a policy shift to have students receive more technology instruction, students in grades K-3 now take out books every other week and students in grades 4-5 take out books every three weeks.

"We're hearing a lot of words and they're the right words," said Matthew Park, a parent attending a board of education meeting last week.

https://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2018/11/parents_say_dont_take_away_book_time_for_mahwah_ki.html#incart_river_index

Barry Carter| Updated Nov 19, 10:29 AM; Posted Nov 19, 10:11 AM

 

 

Education Week--Is 'Proficient' Insufficient? A New Wrinkle in the Debate Over NAEP Achievement Levels

What's in a name? A lot, apparently.

Members of the panel that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress—better known as the Nation's Report Card—on Saturday approved small but significant changes to the test's description of what constitutes "advanced," "proficient," and "basic" performance. 

From now on, they'll be preceded by the word NAEP, as in "NAEP advanced", "NAEP proficient," and "NAEP basic," and references to performance in a grade will be stricken and replaced with performance on the NAEP assessment.

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2018/11/when_is_proficient_insufficient_NAEP.html

Stephen Sawchuk on November 18, 2018 8:55 AM


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