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Schools and districts will need to stay on target toward NCLB's goal of 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics in the next six years—or else face sanctions or interventions.
Despite academic progress, standardized tests have been a handicap in school's quest to meet the yardstick for adequate yearly progress.
Fundamental questions remain as the 2007-08 academic year draws to a close, including how the city’s still-evolving decentralized mix of regular public schools and charters will operate in the coming years.
The teacher at Prairie Creek Elementary School captivated her elementary pupils through a core science-class activity that educators and advocates say is vital to building enthusiasm and understanding for the subject in the early grades.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Obituary
News in Brief
Health & Safety
A recent study shows hours of ACT practice may be hurting, not helping, attempts to boost the scores Chicago students.
With strong backing from Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, versions of the measure have cleared important hurdles in the House and two key Senate committees.
A recently published study shows Philadelphia’s 9th-grade students are more likely than upperclassmen to be taught by inexperienced, uncertified teachers.
School-based reward programs that offer students incentives as appear to produce improved reading scores across grade levels, preliminary findings from an ongoing research project suggest.
As Reading First nears the six-year mark, no clear empirical picture has emerged of how well the federal program is doing nationally to bring struggling readers to proficiency.
The state is launching an effort to prevent sex abuse in schools by training 10,000 teachers and other school employees in how to spot potential problems and intervene in abusive relationships.
The legislature's move is designed to prevent recipients from losing their awards when their grades fall short.
Capitol Recap
State Journal
Capitol Recap
Federal File
Enrollment in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools is expected to reach 50 million for the first time in the nation’s history in 2009-10.
In a decision that potentially expands the job protections of public school employees, the high court ruled that a Reconstruction-era civil rights law protects workers against retaliatory conduct.
Schools would continue to be reimbursed for Medicaid services, and many would receive payments for diminished timber revenues, under a supplemental-spending bill approved by the Senate.
Facing the loss of accreditation, a troubled Georgia school district struggles with the legacy of its fractious, dysfunctional board.
"We hear less about the failure of the schools in regard to black students, and more about 'disadvantaged groups,' 'people of color,' and so forth: all expressions that take the focus away from those who have ... been specifically selected for disadvantage," writes Michael Holzman.
Lesley Guilmart contemplates leaving her five-year teaching job. "If I leave, I will be an education statistic. ... If I stay, I fear for my financial future."
Theories of "disruptive innovation" can be successfully applied to the education sector, write three authors.
Letters
Letters
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