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6:56 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

AG Opens Inquiry Into Standardized Test Woes

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Office Of The Attorney General

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has opened an inquiry into glitches in end of instruction examinations for Oklahoma schoolchildren in the last school year.

Pruitt sent a letter to state school superintendents on Monday seeking details about how their districts were affected by multiple failures from testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill that Pruitt says resulted in non-performance under its contract with the state.

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NPR Ed
2:42 am
Tue August 5, 2014

When Kids Start Playing To Win

Peri Schiavone, 13, gets some quick notes from her swim coach, Raj Verma, before hopping back into the pool at the Fairfax County YMCA in Reston, Va.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 9:47 am

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

It's a playful word that's developed something of a bad reputation: "competition." The fear among some parents is that, once children start playing to win, at around 5 years old, losing isn't just hard. It's devastating.

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NPR Ed
3:53 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Where The Wild Things Play

Joseph Straus, 6, rides a zip line at the Berkeley Adventure Playground, where kids can "play wild" in a half-acre park that has a junkyard feel.
David Gilkey/NPR

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 8:38 am

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

Braden Swenson wanders into a semi-rickety wooden shed on his search for gold, treasure and riches.

"Is there any tweasure in here?" he asks in the endearing dialect of a 4-year-old. "I've been looking everywhere for them. I can't find any." The proto-pirate toddler conducts a quick search, then wanders away to continue his quest elsewhere.

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NPR Ed
9:44 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Brains At Play

Play is crucial to social development.
Xaver Xylophon NPR

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:15 am

This week at NPR Ed, our series Playing To Learn will explore questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

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Education
8:13 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Oklahoma Approaches ESEA Waiver Deadline

Credit Terrapin Flyer / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma has less than two weeks before approaching its deadline for an extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility beyond the 2013-2014 school year, state officials say.

The waiver is the Obama administration’s flexibility from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. If not approved to extend flexibility, the state would transition back to ESEA, which could put the state under more strenuous federal restrictions.

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Code Switch
2:04 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Forgoing School To Pay The Bills

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:12 am

Starting a career in a struggling economy is difficult, no matter what your background. But for young people in Langley Park, Md., a predominantly immigrant community near Washington, D.C., it is fraught with additional economic and family pressures.

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Education
4:04 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:11 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST:

I'm joined now by my colleague on the NPR Ed Team, Cory Turner. He's done most of our Common Core reporting, and he edited this postcard series. Cory, thanks for coming in.

CORY TURNER, BYLINE: Thanks for having me, Eric.

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Education
4:04 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

In Louisville, Ky., Minecraft Teaches Math

Originally published on Sun August 3, 2014 5:52 pm

Copyright 2014 Louisville Public Media. To see more, visit http://www.louisvillepublicmedia.org/.

The Two-Way
10:13 am
Sat August 2, 2014

'You Don't Really Know Us,' Chicago Kids Tell News Media

Fifth-graders from the Bradwell School of Excellence in Chicago's South Shore area wrote an op-ed piece for The Chicago Tribune this week, explaining how they see their neighborhood.
Google

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:53 am

Tired of seeing their neighborhood portrayed in news reports as a desolate and violent place, fifth-graders in Chicago's South Shore area wrote what their teacher calls a "counternarrative." Their op-ed for The Chicago Tribune includes this line: "This isn't Chi-raq. This is home. This is us."

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NPR Ed
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Postcards From The Common Core Classroom

Normally, nail polish on a desk would be a sign of distraction. Not in this Common Core classroom.
Becky Vevea WBEZ

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:23 pm

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  • Analyzing Characters In 10th-Grade English
  • Learning Partial Sums In Ann Arbor

The Common Core State Standards have become a political hot potato. In some cases, a punching bag. (Pick your cliche.) But the fact remains that, in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the standards are being used — and big changes in what we expect of young students mean many teachers are also having to rethink what and how they teach.

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