January 12, 2011

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Researchers find that they can use Amazon-like techniques for analyzing customer behaviors to study—and improve— student learning.
Computer-generated "students" give aspiring teachers the opportunity to test their strategies without doing harm to real ones.
Governors and legislators feel the tension between ambitious education agendas and continued budget woes.
Policymakers in a number of states take a page from the former two-term Florida governor's aggressive, sometimes divisive playbook.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Faced with a drop in state funds and grant support, some early colleges are struggling to stay open.
The widespread adoption of common standards may bolster a movement to tie academic goals to specialized education plans for students with disabilities.
A survey of states' plans to implement common standards and accompanying reforms shows that few will be fully realized before 2013.
The ACT study found only a third to a half of juniors proficient in the content and skills in the English and math standards.
Preliminary findings show that value-added histories and student perceptions of teachers strongly predict teacher performance.
The fate of Memphis' city schools is up in the air following a decision by the city's school board to try to consolidate the district.
Researchers and educators are working to define—and teach—the noncognitive skills students need to be considered "college and career ready."
About 10 percent of American students scored at the highest levels in math, though they performed somewhat better in science on PISA.
Best of the Blogs
National groups are pushing for schools to become more aware of complications of sickle cell trait, a genetic characteristic that has played a role in the deaths of nine young athletes over the past seven years.
While teacher mentoring programs are widespread, a study in one state found that such opportunities are not as available to beginning special education teachers as they are to their general education counterparts.
Experts argue "deep-dive, quick turnaround" studies will bring concrete answers to specific questions in education.
A bolstered GOP is intent on reining in spending, while President Obama still has a long list of education priorities.
The administration outlines what kind of amendments they would accept—and what changes would put awardees' funding at risk.
Policy Brief
As pressure builds for the district to shut down its controversial classes or risk losing state funds, officials stand firm.
School Improvement Grant awards have gone to schools in 44 states so far, the Education Department says, urban, rural, and suburban.
President Obama last month signed a long-awaited bill that provides more money to districts for school lunches and improves nutritional standards for food provided in schools.
The GOP's new majority in the House could make it tougher to secure funding for the law's existing and new programs.
This special report, the final in a three-part series on e-learning, examines how schools are working to create high-quality digital curricula and online courses.
Capital Recap
There are many reasons for Shanghai's recent success on the PISA exam, including a high-pressure, test-obsessed culture that carries with it difficulties as well as successes, Vanessa L. Fong and Philip G. Altbach write.
If corporate America's involvement in education is to yield dividends for students, businesspeople and educators must learn to treat each other's ideas and experiences with respect, Joseph Piro writes.
The Gates initiative to advance the public-charter- vs. traditional-public-school debate is a big step toward improving education outcomes, explains Vicki L. Phillips.
Letters
Letters
Gene Maeroff writes that school boards have the potential to jeopardize education quality if their focus is too constrained.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Wallace Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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