March 5, 2008

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Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery: Iraqi Students in Jordan
Video Interviews
Photo & Audio
Photo & Audio Gallery: Zainab's Struggle
Experts are hoping that the new guidelines may help bring clarity and credibility to an industry that some analysts say sorely needs both.
Observers are trying to divine what the upcoming political shifts in Washington might mean for the U.S. Department of Education’s effort to make education an “evidence based” field.
The push to give school districts greater operating flexibility is seeing a resurgence.
By next fall—only months before she leaves office—U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings plans to have five teachers on her staff.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
The one-year snapshot found little difference in state test scores between students who use the tuition subsidies to attend private schools and those who attend public schools.
Whether the poll shows any change in social studies or pop culture is debated.
American high schoolers earned a D for their knowledge of history and literature on a recent survey.
A leading model for professionalizing teaching and changing the way teachers are paid shows mixed capacity for raising student test scores, a study concludes.
From the hundreds of pages in the teachers' unions' most recent financial statements, Education Week selected highlights.
Preschool & After School
Scientists and teachers are responding to what they see as a lack of public understanding about the nature and purpose of science.
Lawmakers are considering appealing the ruling to the full 9th Circuit court or to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The long list of priorities that the nation’s governors tackled at their just-concluded annual meeting in Washington barely had room for K-12 education.
State Journal
Federal File
The president seeks to rein in dedicated appropriations but some defend the practice.
Democratic leaders say they are willing to wait for a new president to take office who might be more disposed to supporting their priorities.
War, displacement, and lack of money have prevented Iraqi children from going to school for lengthy stretches of time. They have more opportunities now, but little help in catching up.
No one seems to have reliable information about how widespread violent incidents are, making it difficult to know the overall status of schooling in Iraq.
Patrick Mattimore examines the drawbacks of expanding the Advanced Placement program.
Isn’t there a better way to judge teachers?, Thomas Toch asks.
Lyn Mikel Brown shares lessons learned during her seven years at the helm of the nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women.
Letters
Letters
James B. Hunt Jr. and Thomas H. Kean outline the "fellowship" approach to teacher training.

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