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May 2013

The May 2013 issue of Wisconsin School News takes a look at efforts in a small southeastern Wisconsin district to attract students and families, we feature an article that questions the impact of virtual schools on student learning, and, among other articles, we examine technology requirements for the Smarter Balanced assessment.






District of Choice
How a revamped curriculum and improved technology plan helped one district turn around open enrollment numbers
Shelby Anderson

Virtual Schools: Where’s the Evidence?
So far, research tells us little about how online instruction affects student performance
Patte Barth

Technology Requirements for the Smarter Balanced Assessment
Stuart Ciske


Departments and Columns

Stepping Up to the Plate
John H. Ashley

School Boards Beware
Influential national network calls for elimination of school boards
Julie Underwood, J.D., Ph.D.

WASB Insurance Plan
School Clinic
Onsite medical clinic saves time, money and keeps staff healthier

Communication for Leadership
Exploring Community Engagement
Listening to community members and driving change in your district
Kate Winckler, APR

Association News
Recaps of the School Finance Seminar and WASB Legal and Human Resources Conference

Legislative Update
Joint Finance Begins Final Work on 2013-14 State Budget

Legal Comment
Recurring Issues for Board Members

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