August 15, 2007

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The research base on successful turnaround strategies in education is too new and too thin to be of much help to schools, scholars say.
Educators in New Orleans, as they did last school year, are scrambling to repair enough buildings by Sept. 4, opening day in the Recovery School District.
As the number of teachers earning the credential increases, observers raise questions about its future value.
But many struggled with the basics, the first NAEP in the subject shows.
District Dossier
Starting this fall, state data on students who are excluded from taking the tests will be featured more prominently in NAEP reports.
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
People in the News
News in Brief: A National Roundup
Young children who took part in an intervention program run by the Chicago public schools continue to benefit from the services well into adulthood.
The city of Portland has launched a program to help families rent or buy homes and—city officials hope—send their children to city schools.
The college-entrance-exam maker characterized its acquisition of the National Center for Educational Accountability as a natural fit of mission and culture.
Experts say a new wave of federally financed assessments are a sign of the growing recognition that standardized end-of-grade tests are not the end-all, be-all for measuring student learning.
Report Roundup
Law Update
More than half the schools earning rewards in the first year of the Texas pay-for-performance program will not be eligible to receive bonuses this year.
While states' fiscal conditions remain solid, a new survey shows officials are in for some financial belt-tightening.
Students have received 88,000 new textbooks, and 3,400 emergency repairs to schools have been paid for with state money, a report says.
State Journal
Capitol Recap
Much of the National Conference of State Legislatures' opposition to national standards is rooted in its dislike for the NCLB law.
Federal File
The California Democrat would allow states to use multiple measures to assess student progress.
The Dept. of Education's report concludes that NCLB's “unsafe-school choice option” is ineffective and needs an overhaul.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
The bipartisan bill establishes several new federal math and science programs and expands existing ones.
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Academic camps are on the rise across the country, including ones to get adolescent girls excited about the exploration of science.
Tony Wagner offers five "habits of mind" for educational leaders.
When it comes to teaching test-taking, many of us abandon everything we know about children as learners, write Amy H. Greene and Glennon Doyle Melton.
Early education, higher education, religion, and more.
A dictionary of "edspeak," a book of mnemonic devices, a history of the IQ test, and more.
Simply finding enough money to adequately fund a state’s schools does not solve the school finance problem, Allan Odden and Lawrence O. Picus write.

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