School leaders use strategies such as incentives, policy tweaks and improvements in workplace culture to help reduce teacher absences. Principal Brian Lile says regular attendance helps model “appropriate behaviors for our students.”
Full Story: District Administration magazine online
Recent research supports the use of breaks during the school day to help students prepare for learning. Benefits, researchers say, include improvements in focus, mood and motivation. Full Story: Edutopia online
Some states have replaced state standardized tests with college-admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT. A recent report questions this practice, noting it may not be an accurate measure of student mastery of state academic standards.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)
Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.
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