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New teacher evaluation process set to begin in Pittsburgh Public Schools

Historically, Pennsylvania teachers were rated solely on classroom observation. Beginning in 2013-14, a new state law requires half of the rating to be based on observation and half on student outcomes in all school districts.

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A simple way to boost minority test scores

When taking tests, students of color aren’t just worrying about the exam itself, but about what people might think of them and their ethnic group once the results come in.

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Texas education agency: 84% of schools met standard

New accountability system uses test scores, graduation rates and college admission exams to calculate indexes for student achievement, student progress, student readiness for college or work and how well a school is helping disadvantaged children.

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Miami-Dade Superintendent Carvalho opens school year with digital focus

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho lauded student achievement while criticizing the state for its "dysfunctional" A-to-F school grading system during opening of schools address.

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Giving kids iPads won't solve the education challenge

It's great that students are getting current technology. However, technology doesn't teach -- and it often doesn't help teach, either.

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Buffalo schools, at most, will accommodate 20 percent of requests for transfers

At most, only one of every five students asking to be transferred out of their low-performing Buffalo schools will be granted their request this coming school year, according to a new plan released today by Buffalo Public Schools.

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15 Sacramento-area schools flagged for possible state test cheating

California education officials have flagged 242 schools statewide, including 15 in the Sacramento area, for possible cheating concerns because their students shared test-related photos on social media.

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Money woes could delay opening of Philadelphia schools

Facing a still-massive deficit, the Philadelphia School District will not open on time unless it has assurance by Aug. 16 that it will receive $50 million from the city, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. says.

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Common Core could save our schools and our economy

America's public K-12 education system isn't making the grade.

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Researchers get OK to exhume bodies at defunct Florida reform school

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of his cabinet have approved a permit allowing researchers to exhume bodies buried at a defunct reform school for boys. The permit allows University of South Florida researchers to begin digging at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, a small town located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee in the Florida Panhandle.

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