Obama to Officially Nominate John B. King Jr. as Education Secretary PK12: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee, has been urging the White House to officially nominate someone to succeed former Secretary Arne Duncan, since back in December. See also AP, Washington Post.
D.C. accidentally uploads private data of 12,000 students Washington Post: According to the memo, someone in the office uploaded the data to a public D.C. Council Dropbox account ahead of a council hearing on the Individual Education Program, which provides tailored education plans for students with special needs. All 12,000 students, who attend public and charter schools in kindergarten through 12th grades, have such individual education plans.
Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking NYT: A survey of 1,500 teachers in the United States found that on average they spend just one to two hours on average over the course of an academic year.
As The Water Crisis Continues, Flint’s Superintendent Looks Forward NPR: While the damage from lead in Flint’s water is not yet known, even low levels can be harmful to children. The Michigan city’s superintendent of schools says he’s bracing for an uncertain future.
ACT essay scores are inexplicably low, causing uproar among college-bound students Washington Post: Some students earn great marks overall — at or near the top score of 36 — but are graded in the low 20s for writing.
On Video, a First Grader, a Stumble in Math and a Teacher’s Anger NYT: At Success Academy, the charter school network in New York City, current and former educators say the quest for high scores drives some of them over the line.
Two years in, Carmen FariÃ±a measures her progress by grad rates & grateful emails Chalkbeat: Many educators and parents praise FariÃ±a’s school-by-school approach, saying they feel respected and reassured by her intimate knowledge of the system. But her critics often scoff at it. Those who identify as education reformers (a label FariÃ±a also applies to herself) say her theory of change is too incremental and founded on experience over research, while some principals complain about micromanaging.