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How Can a Student Be ‘Proficient’ in One State But Not Another? Here Are the Graphs

When No Child Left Behind passed back in 2002, Congress enthusiastically proclaimed that 100 percent of American students would be proficient in reading and math by 2014. What they didn’t expect was that some states would significantly lower the bar for proficiency to avoid being marked as failing or losing special funding from the federal government.

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Believe and You Can Achieve? Researchers Find Limited Gains From Growth Mindset Interventions

Despite all the promise surrounding “growth mindsets”—the idea that encourages students to see intelligence as something that can be nurtured and developed, as opposed to something that is fixed and innate—researchers are sounding the alarm bell. They say the intervention, at least as currently applied in today’s classrooms, isn’t shifting the needle on academic achievement.

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The Maps for Learning Don’t Exist Yet

Editor’s note: This is a response to a post from EdSurge columnist Michael Horn, “Why Google Maps—not Netflix or Amazon—Points to the Future of Education.”Dear Michael,

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Streaming Platforms Show Promise—And Risks—For Developing Literacy In Preschoolers

Some people will testify that they learned new languages fluently simply by sitting in front of a screen and streaming. One person on a Duolingo forum noted after six months of watching Turkish soap operas that she could conversationally speak the language. According to new research coming out of New York University, that may be a possibility for preschoolers.

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Pearson Efficacy Study Highlights the Challenge of Letting Students Retest

Educators shifting to competency-based models often tout to the power of allowing students to master a topic by taking a test again and again until they do well, rather than failing them if they bomb the first time. The philosophy is that such repeated testing will make sure they get to a level where the material truly sinks in.

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Why You’re Thinking About Efficacy All Wrong (And How to Fix It)

Last summer, I was on a call with a district superintendent who had just one request: “Give me something—anything—that shows that the product works for my students.” In my role as Newsela’s resident senior researcher, I am responsible for providing meaningful data to educators so that they can make informed decisions for their learners. Too often, though, we’ve been narrowly focused on finding the answer to one simplistic question: “Does it work?”

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The Data Tells All: Teacher Salaries Have Been Declining For Years

Economists following the teacher protests in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona say they saw this coming. As the costs of living, higher education, healthcare and retirement are rising, researchers studying salary trends note that the average pay for teachers has dipped.

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Is Technology Bad for the Teenage Brain? (Yes, No and It’s Complicated.)

It’s a question as frustrating as a hangnail, asked virtually every time I give a public lecture on teen brain development. It’s some form of: “is the digital world bad for the adolescent brain?”

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Can Big Data Change a Wicked School Truancy Problem?

The Brightmoor neighborhood in the western edge of Detroit—ravaged by poverty and gang violence, riddled with abandoned homes and boarded-up schools, and lacking public transportation options—has no shortage of wicked problems that exasperate chronic absenteeism in its schools. In fact, there is only one high school, Detroit Community Schools, a charter school, left in the area after other district-run campuses were shut down or abandoned.

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One Standardized Tests Provider Looks to Gaming and Personalized Learning to Innovate Exams

When the Opt-Out movement gained traction in 2015, more than 20 percent of New York students (about 200,000) in grades 3 through 8 declined to take state standardized exams, a statistic that raised questions about the future of such testing.

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