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As testing has increased, some educators and parents have sought alternative solutions to assessing student learning. For an upcoming story, District Administration is examining the thinking and technology behind cutting edge assessment techniques that may eliminate the stress of testing. If you can be a source, please follow the link to contact us.

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More quality teachers needed for poor students

Districts must do more to ensure low-income and minority students have access to top-notch teachers, according to a new report. Poor students and students of color are less likely to be taught by a highly effective teacher than are other students, but there are some pockets where change is occurring.

Court decision ends ‘autism shuffle’ in Philly schools

Philadelphia students with autism will no longer be transferred from one school to another without parental input, a June settlement states. The district must now send a letter in January informing parents that their child will be transferred in September.

Can see-through backpacks prevent school violence?

Recent school stabbings and cases of students caught with weapons have driven some districts to ban traditional cloth backpacks in favor of easily searchable clear or mesh bags.

Wealthy backers invest in Utah preschoolers

High-quality preschools in a Utah district began receiving funds from a first-of-its-kind, $4.6 million social impact bond from investment banking firm Goldman Sachs last fall. The goal is to improve instruction in order to prevent students from needing special education or remedial services.

Maximizing PLC time to flip your class

We believe that, at most schools, there is time built into the schedule that can be used to help teachers flip their classes. Many schools have professional learning communities (PLC) and time is set aside for groups of teachers to collaborate, to work on district initiatives and be agents of change in the schools.

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