May 7, 2008

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As value-added research designs gain in popularity and undergo increasing scrutiny, experts are beginning to wave cautionary flags about how best to make use of them in education.
A new book by Harvard business professor Clayton M. Christensen predicts that the rapid growth in computer-based delivery of education could have potentially dramatic consequences for established public schools.
The $1 billion-a-year program has had no measurable effect on students’ reading comprehension, on average, a major federal report finds.
In some districts, school lunch menus are being pared down to fewer selections, instead of the array of healthy options districts would like to offer.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Michael Geisen, an Oregon middle school teacher and a former forester, was named the 2008 National Teacher of the Year last week at the White House.
Correction
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are trying to ease new teachers’ transition in other ways—particularly by helping them master new or difficult math content, manage their classrooms effectively, and know where to go for resources.
New York City's hiring policy has created a small but financially significant problem among a slew of teachers who have been unable to find work but remain on the payroll, according to a report.
A federal appeals court has agreed to re-examine a ruling by a panel of the court that revived a lawsuit challenging the No Child Left Behind Act for imposing unfunded mandates on states and school districts.
Despite lawmakers authorizing new federal math and science programs last year, they have not yet risen to the task of paying for those programs.
Peter McWalters' rejection of high-stakes testing, his insistence on personalizing high schools and utilizing multiple assessments, have helped make him one of the country’s best-known and most-respected state schools chiefs.
Private Schools
The statistician who pioneered the use of “value added” research techniques is disputing a critique of his approach that was published recently in a prominent academic journal.
Except for such energy-rich states as Alaska, Wyoming, and North Dakota, states across the country are confronting deteriorating budget conditions that have tied the hands of legislators and governors hoping to spare K-12 education.
Some Arizona school administrators are unhappy about the formula being used to distribute an extra $40.6 million for English-language learners in the state.
State Journal
The House education committee approved a bill last week that would authorize new money to help districts improve school facilities, including making them environmentally friendly.
If the Bush administration has its way, school districts will be required to take a series of actions to ensure that parents and students know about their rights to free tutoring and school choice under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Federal File
South Carolina is turning to single-sex classrooms to boost school choice and achievement, but critics question the effort's pace and wisdom.
Former principal Kim Marshall asks whether intensive supervision and evaluation actually improve teaching.
One former school superintendent offers seven suggestions to narrow the reading gap.
If we’re serious about overcoming entrenched racial attitudes and barriers, let’s recognize how important education is to that conversation, writes Susan Fuhrman.
Letters
In a digital medium, teachers and students could have both a coherent, core-learning progression and specific adaptations that adjust that progression to local needs, write Charles Patton and Jeremy Roschelle.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Annenberg Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Spencer Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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