Education News Roundup for January 25, 2012

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Today’s Top Picks: Will all Utah students take the ACT? Or will the students swap the CRTs for CATs? And you thought redistricting for the State Board was done … President discusses the dropout age in the State of the Union. Teacher tenure weakening across the nation? And school children to lunch ladies: What do you mean there’s more broccoli? . . . → Read More

Utah State Office of Education to Create Open Textbooks

The Utah State of Office of Education (USOE) today announced it will develop and support open textbooks in the key curriculum areas of secondary language arts, science, and mathematics. USOE will encourage districts and schools throughout the state to consider adopting these textbooks for use beginning this fall. . . . → Read More

State Board Members Picked for National Technology Task Force

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that Leslie Castle and Craig Coleman, both members of the Utah State Board of Education, have been selected to serve on a year-long NASBE study group — The Role of Technology in Schools and Communities — to examine the compound issues surrounding the ever-expanding use of digital technology in K-12 education. . . . → Read More

Strong Teachers Produce Remarkable and Not Always Discussed Advantages for Students

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

Harvard and Columbia University economists have produced a study that tracked 2.5 million students over 20 years. Some of their findings are what most would have predicted about the importance of strong teachers; others are more surprising. . . . → Read More