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Happy holidays from District Administration

DA Daily will resume publication on January 6, 2014. Best wishes for a joyous holiday season.

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NC schools bracing for impact of Read to Achieve law

A new program mandated by the General Assembly requires third-grade students to pass the state end-of-grade reading exam or risk being held back.

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What's driving L.A. Unified's better test scores?

L.A. Unified's scores have been rising slowly since the urban district assessment began a decade ago, but figures released this week showed a more significant jump.

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Charter schools changing education

Along with traditional public schools, public charter schools provide a valuable service to our community by giving families additional educational options.

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Education should be about preparing for tomorrow

As a nation, we cannot be satisfied with incremental improvements in national rankings and the percentage of students who are performing at a "basic" level of achievement on a standardized test. Improving test scores will not singularly improve the United States' global competitiveness.

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Embattled San Juan Unified superintendent resigns

San Juan Unified School District Superintendent Glynn Thompson will step down in January following an investigation that substantiated claims from some employees of bullying and retaliation, the district announced Thursday. Trustees accepted his resignation – officially announced as a retirement – rather than try to fire Thompson for actions that have prompted $17 million in tort claims.

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North Carolina district hires new superintendent from Scotland County

Rick Stout, current superintendent of Scotland County Schools, will take the reins at Onslow County Schools in early 2014. His selection was announced during the Onslow County Board of Education meeting Thursday night. Stout said he hopes to continue the path of excellence already established at Onslow County Schools. He said he would like Onslow County Schools to be the best in state.

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NY's education Regents need accountability

The furor of parents over the Common Core and all that comes with it rocked a Manorville forum sponsored this fall by state Sen. Ken LaValle. Despite consistent pleas to slow down testing of students and implementation of the Common Core standards, the commissioner and the Regents trudge ahead. Even the Regents' announcement this week that the board will appoint a subcommittee to review the new standards' introduction came with the statement that "moving forward with Common Core is essential."

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Chance to help with education grows on a tree at Mall at Robinson

Earlier this month, volunteers and staff members from The Education Partnership distributed 7,774 holiday packages filled with school supplies to needy children in 22 area schools. The partnership is hoping for a financial boost for that effort from an Education Tree set up at The Mall at Robinson where shoppers can make a $15 donation in return for a handmade ornament.

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Indiana education board releasing 'A-F' school grades

Indiana's State Board of Education is set to release "A-F" school grades for the 2012-13 school year four months after a grade change scandal sparked a review of the grading system. Schools are graded based on a series of factors including test scores, graduation rates and other performance measurements. The grades have become increasingly important factors recently in determining teacher pay, school funding and possible state takeover.

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