Some of the News Fit to Print
9TH CIRCUIT RULES AGAIN ON ‘HIGHLY QUALIFIED’ DEFINITION
A federal appeals court on Thursday chimed in again in a long-running dispute over whether the No Child Left Behind Act permits so-called intern teachers to be considered "highly qualified" under the law. The decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in San Francisco, again holds that a federal regulation allowing such intern teachers to meet the NCLB definition of highly qualified violated the text of NCLB. But the court acknowledged that a 2010 action by Congress amended federal law, at least temporarily, to permit the Department of Education regulation to go into effect. Underlying the case is a battle between the forces of traditional teacher education, including schools of education, and proponents of alternative-teaching programs such as Teach for America. The post is from Education Week’s School Law blog.
PEARSON TELLS STATE: WE’LL DO BETTER
Once again, the state math and English tests created by Pearson are in the news, with a report that the educational company is feeling the pressure stemming from test errors that have caused 29 questions to be struck from the exams so far. NY1 reported on Wednesday that Pearson seemed to be aware that it has put its reputation, if not its $32 million contract with the state, in jeopardy. The post is from The New York Times School Book blog.
TENNESSEE PARENT REPORT CARDS AIMS TO BOOST SUPPORT IN SCHOOLS
Educators exasperated by the need for greater parent involvement have persuaded Tennessee lawmakers to sign off on a novel bit of arm-twisting: Asking parents to grade themselves on report cards. Another Tennessee measure signed into law recently will create parent contracts that give them step-by-step guidelines for pitching in. The report card bill – which would initially apply to two struggling schools – passed the Legislature, and the governor has said he is likely to sign it. Participation in the programs is voluntary. The AP article ran in the Huffington Post.
ABOUT HIGHER ED
UC A BETTER IDEA?
Faced with decreased state appropriations, dysfunctional state politics, potential federal funding cuts, and increasing demands on resources, several University of California administrators have proposed changes to the system’s governance model, which currently rests authority for the university’s 10 institutions in a single system wide Board of Regents, most of whose members are appointed by state politicians. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.
CHOOSING A COLLEGE FOR THE JOB THAT COMES AFTER
After years of trying, the nation now has data sets about college students who graduate from different programs at different colleges. The primary source of new information is a new Labor Department-driven, data-sharing partnership among states, called the Wage Records Interchange System. A second important source of information about college graduates' jobs and earnings will be released this year by the Department of Education. So called "Gainful Employment Reports" will reveal employment and earnings levels for students who graduate from the most popular technical certificate programs at colleges all across the country. The post is from The Washington Post’s College Inc. blog.
NEW RANKINGS OF HIGHER ED SYSTEMS
Universitas 21, a group of universities from around the world, has released a new international ranking of nations’ higher education systems. Countries were evaluated on a series of measures related to resources (spending by governments and private sources); output (research and its impact and graduates who meet labor market needs); connectivity (international collaboration); and the higher education environment (government policies, diversity and other factors). Population was taken into account. The top five countries: United States, Sweden, Canada, Finland and Denmark. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.