April 22, 2009

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But facilities experts are worried that other financial priorities are likely to overshadow building projects.
Differences in demographics, policies, and cultural norms among nations make it difficult to judge the value of the tests.
Representatives from 41 states met in Chicago to begin the process of drafting voluntary national content standards.
As baby-boomers inch closer to retirement and the economy continues to sputter, there are renewed worries about pension-fund liabilities cropping up across the nation.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The federal Government Accountability Office is expected to issue a report on the practices in light of accusations of abuse.
Preschool & After School
But the extra classes’ impact on 9th graders’ course failure rates and grades was mixed, a new study finds.
The nation’s oft-criticized systems for evaluating the quality of its educator workforce are poised to receive increased scrutiny, thanks to an Obama administration plan to require school districts to disclose how many teachers perform well or poorly.
Scholars say school experiences shape participation in civic life, and that disadvantaged students face a civics "opportunity gap."
Researchers get advice at the AERA’s annual meeting on partnering with states and districts to tap economic-stimulus aid.
The education secretary details how states and districts should use billions of extra dollars his department has started pumping out.
James Shelton, among the latest Education Department appointees, will help oversee some $5 billion in education grants under the economic stimulus package, including the Race to the Top Fund.
Policy Brief
After decades of trying to get common content in schools, the land Down Under appears to be on the verge of succeeding.
Three countries, in their own ways, search for the means to improve student achievement—and their chances for success in the world arena.
Revamped content and teacher training has led to higher student scores on international exams.
In South Korea, families spend about 10 percent of their incomes on private tutoring and other academic services.
A tour of Education Week's commentary archives for perspectives on the findings of the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.
Richard H. Hersh writes, "The debate is not just about the ends of education but, equally important, its means—curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment—and where the emphasis on content and skill acquisition and its measurement ought to be placed, given limited time and resources."
Letters
Letters
Ronald A. Wolk writes, "We will make real progress only when we realize that our problem in education is not one of performance but one of design."
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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