December 14, 2011

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After this issue, Education Week in print will take a brief publishing break. The next issue will be dated Jan. 11, 2012. Reservations for advertising are due Dec. 28, and ad materials are due Dec. 30. The full 2011-12 Education Week publishing schedule is available here.
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Policymakers and educators are touting U.S. students' creativity as a world model, though researchers just now are trying to figure out how to foster that trait.
As Michigan and Tennessee emulate Louisiana in forming special systems for low-performing schools, experts say such districts need new kinds of leaders.
For a growing number of students with intellectual disabilities, college is becoming a bridge between special education and work.
The Education Department's office for civil rights is trying to make good on a pledge to aggressively combat discrimination, in all forms, in the nation's schools.
Some states have functioning systems for rating teachers that are included in their NCLB waiver requests, while others provide only sketchy details.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
While half of the urban districts included in the special test were able to boost their students' scores in math, reading achievement largely flatlined among the group.
A new report finds that in many cases, what a state has deemed a proficient score is equivalent to below "basic" on the science NAEP.
The federal agency plans to expand programs for a quarter of America's students via field trips, teacher training, and more partnerships.
As they expand across the country, many new home-visit projects are tracking their impact on student behavior and academics.
The number of college-admissions officials using social-networking sites to learn more about applicants quadrupled over the past year.
Best of the Blogs
Tougher admissions criteria for teacher education programs are under consideration for the new teacher-accreditation body.
Civil rights advocates and affirmative action opponents are split on the Obama administration's view of race-conscious policies in education.
Teacher evaluation proves among the toughest issues as Hawaii seeks to put its $75 million Race to the Top grant into effect.
Policy Brief
Minnesota is the only applicant that did not adopt the common-core standards and is not taking part in designing common assessments.
States seeking No Child Left Behind flexibility on low-performing schools seek to execute the Obama administration's playbook.
Supplemental educational services, the tutoring component of NCLB, is required to be “high quality, researched-based,” but it is neither, argues Joan Jacobson.
The new reading standards would impose limits that are too restrictive, Maja Wilson and Thomas Newkirk write.
Inner-city students are hurt by lack of access to books and other crucial learning materials, Jay Urwitz writes.
Letters
Eric Fox believes that all children face the danger of not developing their potential, and that educators have a responsibility to go the extra mile.
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