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ICYMI: Most read by educators

What’s trending? From the “Nation’s Report Card” to PBL, don’t miss these most-read stories.

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ICYMI: Most read by educators


Research: 35% of principals serve less than 2 years

Thirty-five percent of principals remain in their positions for less than two years, according to research by the Learning Policy Institute in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Findings show that attrition among principals is tied to poor working conditions, salary, lack of resources and lack of autonomy.

Full Story: Education Dive

“Nation’s Report Card” to test fewer subjects

Assessments in the arts, geography and economics will be phased out from the “Nation’s Report Card,” the National Assessment Governing Board announced this week. The board said its 10-year plan to improve efficiency also will result in 2,000 fewer schools and one-third fewer students nationwide taking the exams.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Are K-12 schools aligned with workforce needs?

A report from the Education Commission of the States examines how K-12 education systems in all 50 states are aligned with the workforce. ECS policy researcher Tom Keily said this alignment needs to be a focus for state legislatures.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Opinion: ASCD leads efforts to educate whole child

Since ASCD first introduced its initiative on whole-child learning 12 years ago, the concept has grown and now is central to most conversations about education, write David Griffith and Sean Slade of ASCD. In this commentary, they discuss the future of educating students to be “knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically inspired, engaged in the arts” and prepared for the world beyond the classroom.

Full Story: EdSurge

Educators: Solutions to PBL challenges

Schools commonly face challenges when they transition to project-based learning, Dian Schaffhauser writes. Schaffhauser looks at how these hurdles are being addressed by several educators, such as Lesa Wang, K-5 STEAM coordinator at a school in New York, who uses a rubric and written narrative to evaluate students’ work and assess skills such as content knowledge and creativity.

Full Story: T.H.E. Journal

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.


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