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Weekend Reading: As more states shift to Common Core-aligned tests, the neediest students face the toughest road

Alan Petersime
  • As states upgrade their tests to meet Common Core standards, low-income students are struggling more. (U.S. News/Hechinger)
  • The practice of delaying a child’s entrance into kindergarten (sometimes called “redshirting”) could have consequences far beyond a single child’s competitive advantage because affluent parents are more likely to choose to do it. (The Atlantic)
  • A memo to states: Kansas offers a handy recipe for how to create a teacher shortage. (Huffington Post)
  • Teacher shortages spur a nationwide hiring scramble, and credentials are optional. (NY Times)
  • A teacher on learning how to talk to her students about race: “We have to do better than we have been doing.” (Mocha Momma)
  • When Pinellas County, Florida, abandoned integration, it quickly became the worst county in the state for black students. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In Hartford, an integration plan to attract suburban students to magnet schools is helping lots of low-income black students but is leaving many others behind. (This American Life)
  • Practically speaking, Sesame Street’s move to HBO is a smart financial move to keep the show on the air. Symbolically, the move to pay cable of a show designed to help low-income kids catch up to their more affluent peers is very sad. (Slate)
  • A group of foundations is in the early stages of planning a major expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles. (L.A. Times)
  • A teacher and — self-proclaimed — helicopter mom learns to embrace her children’s failure. (Vox)
  • The architect of a Georgia plan to allow the state to take control of struggling schools is now becoming a consultant to help districts improve schools enough to ward off state intervention. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  • Early findings from a multi-year study show that a teacher leadership program is having positive effects on student achievement and teachers skills and retention. (Leading Educators)
  • Did a CNN story claiming kids have too much homework rely too heavily on one unrepresentative study? (Washington Monthly)
  • Feds OK Michigan’s plan to give schools a reprieve by not publishing school performance data or applying sanctions. (Detroit Free Press)
  • How do you make Michigan a top 10 state for education in 10 years? Address poverty, the state board of education is told. (Detroit Free Press)
  • Chicago schools laid off 1,500 workers after a new budget was released, despite hundreds of expected teacher openings. (Reuters)
  • The Kentucky State Board of Education will interview 12 for education commissioner. No names announced yet. (WDRB)
  • Non-stop investigations fuel uncertainty for one Dayton, Ohio, charter school. (Dayton Daily News)
  • Finally, The Onion tells us Arne Duncan is stressing out over how he’ll do on the standardized Secretary of Education Test and wishes he could afford a high-priced tutor like Margaret Spellings. (The Onion)

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