Countdown: 10 Must-Read Education Stories from This Week

A ‘Disturbing’ Assessment, a 'Historic' Strike, Record-Low College Readiness and More

10. Student Input Would Play a Part in New Detroit Teacher Evaluation System

Feedback from students in grades 3-12 is among the features of a new teacher evaluation system. Read Now

9. A Tale of Two Special Education Evaluation Systems in New York City

Like many aspects of the city’s public school system, the evaluation process is complicated for parents to navigate — and savvy families who can pay for private evaluations have a big advantage. Read Now

8. Revived Lawsuit: New Mexico Is Still Not Providing a Constitutionally Acceptable Education

The state didn’t spend enough, and it still doesn’t have a plan. That, in essence, is what attorneys in the state’s landmark Martinez/Yazzie education lawsuit argue in a legal motion that seeks concrete steps to guarantee Native Americans, English learners, disabled and low-income students a sufficient education. Read Now

7. Investigators Recommend the State Take Over Houston District Due to Board Engaging in Multiple Acts of Misconduct

Texas Education Agency investigators have issued a final recommendation urging Commissioner Mike Morath to temporarily replace Houston ISD trustees with a state-appointed governing board. Read Now

6. California Teachers Union Posts Membership Decline of about 15,000

The membership of California’s largest teachers’ union, and by far the largest state-level teachers’ union in the nation, has declined by about 15,000. Read Now

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PULLMANN: First Common Core High School Grads Worst-Prepared for College in 15 Years

This is the opposite of what we were told would happen with trillions of taxpayer dollars and an entire generation of children who deserve not to have been guinea pigs in a failed national experiment. Read Now

5. Teachers and Staff in Kentucky’s Largest District Have Reported Being Hit or Struck by Students over 1,100 Times in First Two Months of School Year

The figure includes both intentional assaults and other instances in which staff members are struck, such as while breaking up a fight. Read Now

4. ACT Scores Show Record-Low College Readiness Rates in English, Math

Among nearly 1.8 million in the class who took the college admission test at least once, ACT — the nonprofit group that administers it — reported that 59 percent reached a score indicating readiness in English and 39 percent did so in math. Read Now

3. Elizabeth Warren Pledges to Crack Down on School Choice, Despite Records Showing She Sent Her Own Son to Elite Private School

“To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we must resist efforts to divert public funds out of traditional public schools,” Warren stated in her plan. Read Now

2. Chicago Teachers Union and City Reach a Deal, Ending ‘Historic’ 11-Day Strike

The deal came a day before striking union members would have lost district-paid health care. Read Now

1. A ‘Disturbing’ Assessment: Sagging Reading Scores, Particularly for Eighth Graders, Headline 2019’s Disappointing NAEP Results

Most states saw little or no improvement in either subject, with their lowest-performing students showing the most significant declines in scores. Read Now

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