May 16, 2007

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Most states with exit exams use a broad-based test aligned to their academic standards.
Even those champions of the teacher-quality provision of NCLB want it overhauled.
A report suggests that a former Reading First consultant actively promoted his commercial products while serving as a key adviser to states.
Paul G. Vallas' arrival boosts the view that New Orleans' schools are poised to emerge from crisis mode.
Organizers sought to draw widespread public attention, including that of young people, to the issue.
People in the News
A California organization has developed a set of tools focused on what beginning teachers are learning.
Some opposed the law on campaign trail, but have refined their views.
Law Update
The Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration program effectively died in 2006, but a new study offers a fitting epitaph for the program: Models matter.
Report Roundup
Special Education
School districts increase the push for a revised aid formula, amid continuing delays.
State Journal
Capitol Recap
Capitol Recap
Proposed new rules are intended to keep closer tabs on eligibility for the federal migrant education program.
Federal File
A task force is looking for ways to more widely disseminate proven strategies for preventing and responding to school shootings.
A federal report says there is too little coordination between mathematics and science programs.
The House approved a bill that would set new limits on the relationships between lenders and colleges participating in the federal student-loan program.
Many public school officials feared teaching about the text after a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Now, scholars are trying to find ways to teach about it from an academic standpoint.
Some researchers are beginning to concede that instruction probably has more impact on learning, and on achievement gaps, than any other factor.
Do its ends and means still live up to the ideal?
On April 30, readers talked about high-stakes testing with the authors of a new book on the subject, Collateral Damage: How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools.
Current public rhetoric about public education does not serve us well, says Ellen Condliffe Lagemann.

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