Washington students make gains in reading and math scores (AP): Washington state’s fourth- and eighth-graders made incremental gains in reading and math in the newly released National Assessment of Education Progress — also know as the Nation’s Report Card. Washington students outperformed national averages in every subject and at every grade level in the biennial assessments.
Dale Estey concedes to Peters in Seattle school board election: Suzanne Dale Estey announced her concession to opponent Sue Peters in a Facebook post late Wednesday night: “I wish Sue and the entire board great success in their work for Seattle’s 51,000+ public school students.”
Study shows benefits of moving top teachers to under-performing schools (Education Week): A new, seven-year study from the U.S. Department of Education found elementary teachers who accepted a $20,000 bonus to transfer to a struggling school helped students there improve in math and reading at a greater rate than their counterparts. The catch? Only 5 percent of eligible teachers were willing to make the move.
Is ‘grit’ the new benchmark for teachers? (The Hechinger Report): The debate over how to evaluate educators has a new buzzword: “grit.”
- Illinois schools report dramatic shift in ethnic, racial makeup (Education News)
- Congressmen float early draft of Obama’s pre-K plan (The Huffington Post)
- Pittsburgh fourth-graders take 33 standardized tests each year (The Washington Post)
- Application deadline looms for Open Education Resources (Washington OSPI website)