Senate overturns ESSA regulations
The Senate voted Thursday to overturn regulations that spell out how states comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The legislation, which now goes to President Donald Trump for a signature, means states — many of which have completed or nearly completed accountability plans — have no clear path for moving forward until new regulations are adopted.
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“Nudge” letters yield better attendance
Education leaders in an estimated 17 cities in the US are sending “nudge” letters to families when students are absent too often to show how students’ attendance compares with their peers. In a Washington state pilot, attendance improved 62%.
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Congress nixes annual rating requirement for teacher-prep programs
Congress has voted to overturn regulations requiring states to give annual ratings to teacher-preparation programs. The measure now will go to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
Researchers see success with Good Behavior Game
Students who participate in the Good Behavior Game show more positive outcomes than peers who do not participate in the program, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The game involves rewarding students with a brief activity for exhibiting appropriate behavior.
Full Story: The Baltimore Sun
7 educators share how they use taxonomies
Educators in this blog post share ways to use learning taxonomies in the classroom. Meghan Everette, a math teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade, says taxonomies are most effective when used as a lesson-planning tool, rather than a student reference.
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