First Bell: August 7, 2014

MOBILITY
A massive longitudinal study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University followed nearly 800 kids in Baltimore, from first grade through their late twenties, to track who got ahead. (NPR)
 
TEACHER PERFORMANCE
A proposal to weaken tenure laws and attach student performance to teacher evaluations will appear on Missouri ballots this November. (Teacher Beat)
 
COMMON CORE MATERIALS
A new organization, launching this winter, will review Common Core–aligned materials. (Curriculum Matters)
 
EVIDENCE ON UNDERMATCHING IS UNDERWHELMING
A new report questions the theory that “undermatching” students—that is, sending students with academic potential, often from low-income backgrounds, to lower-tier colleges—actually leads the students to be less likely to graduate. (Hechinger Report)
 
FREEDOM TO PLAY
As part of a series on how play relates to learning, NPR Ed profiles Adventure Playground in Berkeley, California, a free-range “wild playground” embraces the theory that letting kids play hard and self-organize leads them to become better problem solvers. (NPR)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Greenville Online: “Back to school: New rules, new standards
Democrats for Education Reform: “Is there a relationship between state public charter school policies and charter student learning outcomes?

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