Lisa Gibes is 50CAN’s vice president of strategy and external relations. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:

News & analysis:
NAEP Report: A Closer Look at Trends in the Achievement Gap

A new report from “the nation’s report card” (and my own Education Week storyyesterday) emphasizes progress in closing achievement gaps for black and Hispanic students between the early and mid-1970s and today. (Education Week – Curriculum Matters)

The enduring saga of SIG shenanigans
It is one of the more remarkable press releases you’ll see. It’s from the Department. And it’s about SIG. First, the background. (Fordham Institute – Flypaper) 

New Science Standards Designed for Wide Range of Learners
When the writers of the Next Generation Science Standardsbegan sketching out a new vision for K-12 science education, they gave themselves a mandate: Develop standards with allstudents in mind, not just the high achievers already expected to excel in the subject. (Education Week) 

Antonio Villaraigosa leaves his mark on L.A. schools
In the middle of Watts, at one of the worst-performing high schools in Los Angeles Unified, MayorAntonio Villaraigosa was in his element. (Los Angeles Times) 

New Jersey:
A Newark school leader’s urgency to renew

This is what Erskine Glover considers a lazy Wednesday morning: He wakes up at 5 a.m. instead of his usual 4:30, flips the television to SportsCenter on ESPN, and eats a fried egg white and a toasted waffle before leaving for work at 6:45. By then, the principal of Quitman Street Renew School normally would have spent at least an hour responding to emails. (Hechinger Report) 


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