Is It Time to Kill Annual Testing?

A world without annual testing may be closer than you think, but it would come with some serious tradeoffs. Stephen Sawchuk considers the alternatives. This essay is part of our new special report on 10 pressing trends in education. (January 15, 2019)

10 Big Ideas in Education

Set Social-Emotional Learning Benchmarks, Commission Says

The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development recommends schools work with community groups and policy makers to incorporate students' social and emotional development into their work, using standards or benchmarks to guide them. (January 15, 2019)

National Teacher of the Year Set to Join House Education Committee

(January 15, 2019)

New Setback for PARCC as Another State Abandons Test

(January 15, 2019)

The Truth About Bilingualism: It's Only for Some Students

(January 14, 2019)

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  • Alessandro Niculescu, 10, holds up a sign in the rain during a teacher strike outside John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. —Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP
  • Barbara Jacobs, a teacher at Los Angeles High School, sits in the rain during a city-wide teacher strike at Los Angeles High School on  Jan. 14, 2019. —Richard Vogel/AP
  • Carrie Brown, a teacher at Los Angeles High School, braves the rain with other teachers during a city-wide teacher strike at Los Angeles High School on Jan. 14, 2019.  —Richard Vogel/AP
  • Carrying signs, Los Angeles teachers brave the pouring rain to join in a picket line during a city-wide teacher strike in front of Los Angeles High School on Jan. 14, 2019.  —Richard Vogel/AP

L.A. Teachers Continue First Strike in 30 Years

Tens of thousands of teachers, nurses, librarians, and counselors walked off the job Monday in the nation's second-largest school district, donning plastic ponchos in a chilly rainstorm to picket their schools for the first time in 30 years. (January 14, 2019)

How a Prolonged Shutdown Could Threaten Child-Care Aid for the Needy

(January 15, 2019)

Opinion

How Teachers Can Support and Challenge Twice-Exceptional Students

Too often, students who are both gifted and have disabilities are underserved, writes Caroline Galeota. Here are some ways teachers can better accommodate these learners. (January 8, 2019)

Should Fewer Black Students Receive Special Ed. Services?

Doug Green examines who special education students are and the struggles he faced as a school principal to ensure services for all students who needed them. (January 8, 2019)

School Safety Means More Than Active-Shooter Drills

Schools across the country participate in active-shooter drills. Perhaps it's time to find a better approach to preparing students for emergency events, says Amy Klinger of the Educator’s School Safety Network. (January 13, 2019)

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'It Has to Be Possible’: Educating Gifted Students in Small-Town Alaska

Growing up gifted in rural Alaska can be a struggle. But in the city of Nome, educators and community members are working to find ways to get the brightest students planted firmly on a path to college.
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Digital Directions

Elon Musk Makes Donation to Flint, Mich., District for Laptops

Entrepreneur and business founder Elon Musk will donate $423,000 for laptops in the Michigan district, a few months after making a gift focused on improving water quality in the school system. (January 3, 2019)

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Thousands of Copyrighted Works Will Now Be Freely Available to Teachers

Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and books by Edith Wharton, e.e. cummings, and Virginia Woolf have entered the public domain, almost 100 years after they were originally published. (January 3, 2019)

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Market Brief

Artificial Intelligence Is Attracting Investors, Inventors, and Academic Researchers Worldwide

A growing interest in artificial intelligence in the United States and internationally is outlined in a new report and seems likely to influence education in the future. This story is from EdWeek Market Brief, a service offering business and school leaders actionable insights about the K-12 marketplace. (January 4, 2019)

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