American Kids Have Disappointing Reading And Math Scores, But There Are Some Bright Spots HuffPost: “One downturn does not a trend make, and that’s what we’re comfortable in saying about the data,” Peggy Carr, acting commissioner of NCES, said on a call with reporters. “We’re trying not to read too much into a decline at this point.”

Consistent with national trends, city and state NAEP results show little change ChalkeatNY: “We’re trying not to read too much in a decline in at this point
,” said Peggy Carr, acting commissioner of the National Center of Education Statistics, which administers NAEP. “We understand it’s a pattern consistent across many states, but … we don’t know yet if these changes we’re talking about today are long-term.

A decade of academic progress halts, NAEP standardized test scores show LA Times: Overall, Los Angeles, where the test has been given since 2003, landed in the bottom third of the 21 big cities whose results were reported. In fourth-grade reading, 21% of L.A. Unified students reached or exceeded proficiency, compared with 27% in the big cities overall, 27% in Chicago and 26% in New York.

U.S. student performance slips on national test Washington Post: Recent demographic shifts mean that schools are grappling with the challenge of educating an increasing number of students who come from low-income families and are learning how to speak English. And in recent years, most states have adopted sweeping educational policy changes, including teacher evaluations tied to test scores and Common Core academic standards that have changed what and how students learn in the classroom.

Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students’ Math Abilities NYT: Education officials said that the first-time decline in math scores was unexpected, but that it could be related to changes ushered in by the Common Core standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states. For example, some of the fourth-grade math questions on data analysis, statistics and geometry are not part of that grade’s guidelines under the Common Core.

Anemic report card for nation’s school kids AP: “Having the higher academic standards caused the states and teachers and districts to change the way they’re teaching certain things,” CCSSO’s Chris Minnich said in an interview. “We may be in a place where some of the questions that are asked on this national test aren’t being taught at the same time they were being taught before.”

Deputy Who Flipped Spring Valley High Student Acted Reprehensibly, School Officials Say HuffPost: Richland School District 2 Chair James Manning and Superintendent Debbie Hamm didn’t mince words at a press conference to decry Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields’ actions on Monday.

More Chinese students enroll in U.S. high schools WBEZ:  Li is a senior at St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Illinois. He’s living with about 20 other Chinese high school students, dorm style, at the Write Inn in Oak Park. Chinese students alone make up 10 percent of the freshmen class at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Q&A: Inside the search for the next LAUSD superintendent KPCC: Hank Gmitro, the man who heads the hunt for the next Los Angeles Unified superintendent says the size of the 650,000-student school district and its high-profile search are adding to the challenge of finding a new leader. 

7 percent of U.S. kids have had a parent in jail PBS NewsHour: More than 5 million children in the U.S. have had a parent in jail. That’s roughly 7 percent of the nation’s kids 17 and under, or one out of every 14 children.

Student suspended following lockdown of West Virginia school AP: Police say a student has been suspended after reports of a gun prompted the lockdown of a West Virginia school….

 Oracle to Build High School on Its Silicon Valley Campus AP: Oracle adding public high school next to Silicon Valley headquarters to teach tech to students.

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Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at