February 22, 2012

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Gradual funding increases are in the works, though cuts from the recession and its aftermath still sting.
States' teacher-training programs have used the data to improve their curricula and graduates' classroom performance.
Winning states had to tailor their plans on how to hold schools accountable for various groups of at-risk students.
There's a risk to taking education to Wall Street, one that explains why so few publicly traded companies cater to public schools.
Geography and environmental science gain in popularity in the Advanced Placement program, while interest is waning in some languages.
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Correction
News in Brief
No rescue is in sight for the troubled Chester Upland district, despite a court-ordered meeting this month with the state.
A survey shows that parents and educators prefer tests that are given to help shape instruction over those used to gauge students' year-end progress.
The National Academy of Education study is in part a response to a U.S. News & World Report review of teacher education programs.
Early results are promising from a study of efforts in 59 districts to launch data-driven reforms.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently announced a revamped partnership with Facebook to use the site to help prevent suicides.
Best of the Blogs
A new Education Department guidebook has advice for states on setting proficiency standards and academic goals for English-learners.
Some education experts have excoriated the company while others have picked apart the criticism as one-sided and unempirical.
The latest data from the College Board show more students taking the exams but many with the academic potential to succeed taking a pass.
Competitive grants, higher education among the winners in a proposed $69.8 billion Education Department spending plan for fiscal 2013.
Head Start operators are worried that new federal rules for the program could drive some good providers out of business.
A House panel looks at bills to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, with competing vision on display.
Policy Brief
State of the States
Teacher tenure and a focus on charters and low-performing schools mark a multiprong effort expected to gain traction.
Nine scholars and analysts write that research bolsters the case for school choice experiments.
In the drive to raise achievement for all students, policymakers must not forget the most talented students, Frances Spielhagen writes.
Paper-and-pencil computations should no longer be the focus of math class, Shawn McCreight argues.
Letters
Letters
Educators have a responsibility to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who live in fear of being bullied at school, writes Peter DeWitt.
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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