Results Count: The Alabama Board of Education has cleared the way for the implementation of a performance-based system of school accreditation. The board voted unanimously to set up a procedure for assessing schools on the basis of how well they prepare students. Several tests will be used to assess student performance.
No Cutoffs?: The District of Columbia school board has voted to require every school in the district to adopt either a dress code or a uniform policy. The codes, which go into effect this fall, are to be developed in cooperation with faculty, parents, and, at the secondary level, students. Student compliance will be voluntary.
Big Bucks: Educator Theodore Sizer's Coalition of Essential Schools recently received a $2 million grant from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. The coalition of some 200 public and private schools nationwide is devoted to restructuring schools to stress teamwork and in-depth study of core subjects. The grant will help establish as many as 15 regional centers to work with coalition members.