What We're Reading This Week: October 2

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

Student Absences Are About to Have Higher Stakes in Most States. Will Cheating Follow?


“Schools across the country are about to be held accountable for student attendance—attaching stakes to a measure that previously had much less significance and increasing the risk that schools will try to manipulate that data”


Jesmyn Ward, Erika L. Sánchez Shortlisted for National Book Award


“The National Book Foundation lists 11 writers of color, most of whom created books or compilations that explore narratives about marginalized identity and social justice, among the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards.”


No State Will Measure Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA. Will That Slow Its Momentum?

Education Week

“There is a groundswell of recognition that the academic, social, and emotional development of children are intertwined in all experiences of learning. I think that’s booming... Someone might say, ‘Why aren’t you holding states accountable for teaching it?’ The answer to that is we are not ready for it yet.”


New Poll: Safe and Positive School Environment More Important Than Higher Test Scores


“The poll shows what we have long advocated for—using multiple measures in our accountability system is the right way to go—and, we believe, to truly support our most vulnerable kids.”


Why Students Are ignorant About the Civil Rights Movement

The Hechinger Report

“Most school districts in the state where the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till mobilized black Americans still use textbooks that give local civil rights milestones short shrift.”


The Academics and Economics Behind School Choice

The Huffington Post

“The way it was rolled out was perceived to be more of a focus on our most at-risk students―to get them out of situations where public schools weren’t performing. Now when you look at the data, it has become clear that the largest growing area is suburban white students who have never been to public school.”


I Was 9 When My Parents Told Me I Was Undocumented. With DACA Ending, I Have No Idea What's Next

Los Angeles Times

“Knowing that I was in this country without permission from the government changed the way I lived my life—but I have tried not to let it limit me. At times, it has made me cautious and reserved; at other times, brave and ambitious. It’s a basic fact, a part of who I am.”


Female-only Cambridge College to Allow Transgender Women

The New York Times

“We are a college that is open to all outstanding young women, and so it is absolutely right, both legally and within our set of values, for anyone who identifies as female to be able to apply to study with us.”

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