First Bell 7-17-13

A first look at the most important education news from this weekend and today:

Fordham's latest

"Implementation, Implementation, Assessment, Assessment," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Common Core Watch

"By the Company It Keeps: Ethan Gray," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Common Ground: Chad Webb," by Theda Sampson, Ohio Gadfly Daily

The Texas school district that came under fire for its attendance-tracking program, which required students to carry microchips, has opted to drop the program. (Wall Street Journal)

When the U.S. House of Representatives considers ESEA renewal, expect to hear about school choice, testing, and teacher quality. (Politics K–12, Politics K–12, and Teacher Beat)

Jonah Edelman talks about the positives of Common Core, noting in particular how the standards will benefit students who move frequently. (Hechinger Report)

Curriculum Matters reports that Washington State, pending final approval from state Superintendent Randy Dorn, will likely join the five other states that have already adopted the Next Generation Science Standards.

Inside School Research calls attention to two recent studies that look at achievement gaps between black and Latino students and their white peers.

The Hechinger Report profiles one Bronx family’s struggles to make the gifted-education cut.

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