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Studies Highlight Complexities of Using Value-Added Measures - Education Week

As a number of states begin evaluating teachers' effectiveness based on changes in their students' test scores, academic research is raising more questions about such "value-added" models.
Topic: Teachers

Research Detects Bias in Classroom Observations - Education Week

Although the debate over teacher-evaluation systems is dominated by the use of test scores, a new Brookings Institution analysis finds flaws with the observation component.
Topic: Teachers

Phila. Educators Charged in Test-Cheating Scandal - Education Week

Five Philadelphia educators face multiple felony charges for their alleged role in cheating on Pennsylvania state exams over a period of five years.
Topic: Teachers

Time for Testing: 'Right Amount' or Too Much? - Education Week

A survey finds teachers and administrators are looking more favorably than they did two years ago on the amount of time spent on testing and test prep.

'R U on Track for College?' Texting a New Strategy - Education Week

To keep seniors on track for college and to avoid the "summer melt" that leads some astray after graduation, some educators are texting them reminders and information.

One Day in Teaching

On May 6, 2014, National Teacher Appreciation Day, we asked teachers who use the photo-sharing service Instagram to post photos throughout the day capturing moments they saw as representative of their daily lives as educators
Topic: Teachers

The Day of the Teacher - Education Week Teacher

On May 6, 2014, National Teacher Appreciation Day, we asked teachers who use the photo-sharing service Instagram to post photos throughout the day capturing moments they saw as representative of their daily lives as educators
Topic: Teachers

High Stakes for States on NCLB Waiver Compliance - Education Week

Reaching agreement with the Education Department on fine points of No Child Left Behind Act flexibility can be a make-or-break proposition.

Ill. to Set Lower Performance Targets for Minority and Low-Income Students - Education Week

Under a dramatic new approach to rating public schools, Illinois students of different backgrounds no longer will be held to the same standards—with Latinos and blacks, low-income children and other groups having lower targets than whites for passing state exams, the Chicago Tribune has found.

High Stakes for States on NCLB Waiver Compliance - Education Week

Reaching agreement with the Education Department on fine points of No Child Left Behind Act flexibility can be a make-or-break proposition.

Start of the 2014 Direct Admission Exercises

Students interested in applying for direct admission to secondary schools, junior colleges (JC) and polytechnics may start to do so from this month.

The Direct Admission Exercises promote holistic education by recognising a more diverse range of talents, achievements and personal qualities. Schools and polytechnics are given the flexibility to admit students based on these qualities, using a transparent and meritocratic process.

Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) Exercise

This year, 123 schools will participate in the 2014 DSA-Sec Exercise for admission to Secondary One in 2015. All participating schools and the schools’ distinctive programmes are listed in Annex A and Annex B respectively.

Interested students should go to the relevant school’s website to obtain more information on the school’s application period (which will vary from school to school) and corresponding procedures. All students participating in the DSA-Sec Exercise are still required to take the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). Those who take up DSA Confirmed Offers are guaranteed a place in the school provided that their PSLE results meet the minimum requirement for a course [Express/ Normal (Academic)/ Normal (Technical)] offered by the school.

Students who accept a DSA Confirmed Offer and are successfully allocated to a school via the DSA-Sec Exercise will not be able to participate in the Secondary One Posting Exercise. They will also not be allowed to transfer to another school after the release of PSLE results as they are expected to honour their commitment to the DSA schools they are posted to, for the duration of the programme that they are admitted into. Details of the exercise are listed in Annex C.

Direct School Admission-Junior College (DSA-JC) and Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) Exercise

The 21 institutions participating in the DSA-JC Exercise this year are listed in Annex D.

The DPA Exercise allows students who are interested in and have the aptitude for applied learning to seek prior admission to the polytechnics. The polytechnics will take into account students’ abilities, talents and interests in the specific courses that they have applied for. For example, a student’s passion and talent in digital media could be considered when he/she applies for a place in a Diploma in Digital Media Design through the DPA. All five polytechnics are participating in the DPA Exercise and they are listed in Annex E.

Successful applicants under the DSA-JC and DPA Exercises will be offered a place before taking their GCE ‘O’ Level examination. However, they must still meet the baseline GCE ‘O’ Level examination criteria for admission to their specific school or polytechnic. Details of the DSA-JC and DPA Exercises can be found in Annex F.

Students who have been successfully allocated a place via the DSA-JC Exercise or DPA Exercise will not be able to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) or the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE). They will also not be allowed to transfer to another school or another course after the release of the GCE ‘O’ Level examination results as they are expected to honour their commitment to the respective schools or polytechnic courses.

Further Information

Students interested in participating in the DSA-Sec, DSA-JC or DPA Exercises should visit the websites of the participating institutions for more details. They are advised to do so before the start of the respective exercises.

Students can also visit the following MOE websites for information:

New Teacher-Preparation Standards Focus on Sex Education - Education Week

Sex-education classes are often taught by health teachers who have little training in the subject or how to teach it, say standards developers.
Topic: Teachers

Houston Teachers Sue District Over 'Value Added' - Education Week

The Houston Federation of Teachers has filed a federal lawsuit against the 203,000-student district, claiming that its "value added" approach to teacher evaluation violates teachers' constitutional rights.
Topic: Teachers

Judge Halts Tenure Law in Two N.C. Districts - Education Week

Two North Carolina districts have won a temporary freeze from a 2013 state law that phases out tenure in favor of shorter-term contracts.
Topic: Teachers

N.Y.C. Union, Reach Tentative Deal on Contract - Education Week

The plan would increase teacher salaries by 18 percent over nine years, slim the district's teacher-evaluation criteria, and pave the way for a teacher career ladder.
Topic: Teachers

Stimulus Boosted State Data Systems, Despite Compliance Hurdles - Education Week

More than $50 billion in aid to recession-strapped states helped shape how they used and collected education data, though some struggled to comply with the strings attached.

New Teacher-Preparation Standards Focus on Sex Education - Education Week

Sex-education classes are often taught by health teachers who have little training in the subject or how to teach it, say standards developers.

NCAA Rejecting Coursework From 24 K12 Inc. Schools - Education Week

The National Collegiate Athletic Association won't accept coursework completed by student-athletes at two dozen virtual schools operated by K12 Inc., as of 2014-15, at any Division I or Division II institution.
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