AM News: College Board Reveals Sample Questions From New SAT*

College Board Provides A glimpse Of New SAT NYT: Sample questions for the new version of the college-entrance test were released on Wednesday. The College Board announced last month the test will include real-world applications and more analysis. See also …

Simple rules for posting online grades

From the Orlando Sentinal story “Online gradebooks earn A for info, F for stress”:

Foster Starks checks his grades most every day on his phone, logging into a website where teachers at Celebration High post marks for …

Afternoon Video: "Hunger Games," Chicago Style

Getting into one of Chicago's selective high schools isn't easy — but that doesn't stop thousands of kids and their parents from trying.  This new reality series from WTTW Chicago Public Television follows 5 middle schoolers through the process.  You …

Site News: I Hate My New "Hot For Education" Tumblr Theme

I started a Tumblr a few years ago to post more images, videos, quotes, and other ephemera related to education that isn't serious enough for here.  

I love it but don't worry, nobody else reads it, either.

In honor …

Numbers: Visualizing State, Local, & Federal Education Spending

Federal spending on K-12 education comes in at just under $60B, compared to local funding that's a whopping $464B, according to a blowup of the federal budget created by Visualizing.org (2013 Federal Budget).  Click the link to explore …

Politics: Google Now Funding Lots Of Think Tanks & Policy Conferences

I know a lot of educators love to hate Microsoft and the Gates Foundation and love Apple and Google.  

However, there's a wild article in the Washington Post about how Google has gone "all in" with its lobbying efforts

Thompson: How Seniority Reform Backfired In Minneapolis

I have long held the counter-intuitive opinion that mending, not ending, seniority could have been the most doable and beneficial first step in school improvement. I must emphasize that the direct benefits of reforming the imperfect but pretty good seniority …

Rural Education Advocate to Serve as Top Democrat on House K-12 Subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, an Iowan who is a major champion of rural schools, has been tapped to serve as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee that deals with K-12 policy.

Charts: Teachers’ Incomes Exceed Childhood Income [Slightly]*

Teachers generally come from families near the 60th percentile making $60,000 a year, and end up in a somewhat higher percentile making somewhat more, according to this chart from Planet Money.  But other occupations (like artists) generally come …

AM News: Denver Schools Recruiting Deferred Action Teachers

District hires immigrant teachers under new policy EdWeek: Lizarraga is one of two teachers who qualified under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and started work in Denver this school year. Boasberg said more will be hired this coming …