October 21, 2009

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Tracking how every dollar of education aid gets used—as detailed in the first reports slated to go public Oct. 30—is a tall order.
Some teachers are experimenting with the popular microblogging tool as an effective way of distributing assignments and engaging students in content and collaborative lessons.
Experts say merit pay and incentives by themselves will not ensure good teachers for troubled schools.
Stagnant elementary results for the first time in two decades are likely to spur policymakers to re-examine math instruction.
News in Brief
Correction
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Educators and health officials are facing logistical challenges and questions from parents.
Scholars say students need chances to speak in class and to find a "personal voice" in the new language.
Low-income preschoolers taught with video and games from educational programs made progress in early literacy skills, a study has found.
Best of the Blogs
Despite gains, more than one in four students in the 16-state region fail to graduate on time, the Southern Regional Education Board finds.
Singled out by the Education Department’s inspector general, states defend use of the money for plugging budget holes rather than reform.
Cuts to K-12 budgets continue in some states, even after unprecedented federal aid, as revenues continue to falter.
Policy Brief
Research by Public Agenda and Learning Point Associates shows a teaching corps made up of three groups with distinct attitudes.
Russell Gersten looks at why so many of the large-scale evaluations from the federal Institute of Education Sciences have shown "no effects" for experimental studies.
Thomas Newkirk writes that not having the power to affect their programs or environments is more stressful to teachers than the work.
High school dropout and recent college graduate J. William Towne says that effective teachers are the key to school improvement.
Letters
Letters
The mayors of Indianapolis, Newark, and Nashville call for the creation of more high school options in urban communities.
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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