Focus On

Education Week's Focus On reports highlight an important topic in the education field each week.

Legislatures across the country have taken a variety of approaches to helping charter schools secure building space.
August 7, 2013 – Education Week

Some charter school operators, facing challenges in obtaining financing to open new facilities, have turned to options such as sharing space with traditional public schools.
July 25, 2013 – Education Week

Out-of-school and extracurricular activities are picking up some of the demand for teaching students history.
July 10, 2013 – Education Week

Chicago Upgrades Its Principal Pipeline
Amid a wave of school closings, Chicago is forging ahead with plans to groom a crop of high-performing principals.
June 12, 2013 – Education Week

A new museum in New York City, along with math exhibits in other museums, are designed to infuse fun into learning.
June 5, 2013 – Education Week

States Pressing Schools to Add 'Intruder' Drills
Proposed mandates for emergency-preparedness drills are gaining traction in many statehouses.
May 22, 2013 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

At least 17 well-known districts are facing superintendent vacancies, and the turnover may bring big changes in some school systems.
May 15, 2013 – Education Week

Students Conduct Fieldwork for Scientists' Research
Through "citizen science" projects, students leave the classroom to collect data for scientists and get hands-on experience.
May 8, 2013 – Education Week

New High School Pathways Emerging
Some states are trying to provide meaningful, rigorous, and flexible academic and career options for their students.
April 24, 2013 – Education Week

System allows secondary students to shift from vocational training to a degree roughly equivalent to the high school diploma.
April 24, 2013 – Education Week

In both his State of the Union speech and now his budget proposal, President Obama has emphasized the importance of redesigning high schools.
April 17, 2013 – Education Week

New leaders are in place at five groups, and a sixth association is on the hunt, as some try to stay relevant in the policy debate.
April 3, 2013 – Education Week

Often the neglected part of STEM education, engineering is making inroads into the precollegiate sphere.
March 27, 2013 – Education Week

Some 45,000 teachers nationwide are using the Engineering Is Elementary program, more than triple the number of five years ago.
March 27, 2013 – Education Week

The computerized exam will ask students to apply their knowledge of technology and engineering principles to solve problems.
March 27, 2013 – Education Week

A new exhibit at the National Building Museum highlights design features of sustainable schools.
March 13, 2013 – Education Week

The president's call for "qualified" teachers stirs questions about the level of education that would be required to teach preschool.
March 6, 2013 – Education Week

Character education is on the upswing as research points to its effectiveness and policymakers seek ways to curb improper behavior.
February 27, 2013 – Education Week

The agency's proposed rules would also limit junk food sold a la carte on school lunch lines.
February 20, 2013 – Education Week

Without better instruction, children starting school with small vocabularies will struggle with common standards, scholars say.
February 6, 2013 – Education Week

The push to improve college and career readiness is increasing the pressure on schools to build partnerships with businesses.
January 30, 2013 – Education Week

Educators in charter schools are making changes to meet new professional development, curriculum, and technology needs.
January 23, 2013 – Education Week

School Project Blurs Line Between Public, Private
An unusual school improvement partnership in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., district is drawing attention and raising hopes.
January 16, 2013 – Education Week

Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core
International Baccalaureate educators say their program offers a base for designing curriculum units that align with the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English/language arts.
January 9, 2013 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

Teachers also report assigning more homework to students, according to a new NAEP time-use study.
December 12, 2012 – Education Week

In an attempt to close the achievement gap, at least 300 hours a year will be added to school calendars in five states.
December 12, 2012 – Education Week

The networks, soon to be in four states, are guided by such "essentials" as the arts, teacher collaboration, and experiential learning.
December 5, 2012 – Education Week

Resiliency, grit, and self-efficacy are among the so-called "soft skills" increasingly being viewed as vital for college success.
November 14, 2012 – Education Week

Work with teachers and students in Halifax County, Va., has focused on making college-level courses a hot ticket.
November 7, 2012 – Education Week

From the presidential campaign to statewide ballot measures, education has been a steady theme in the 2012 election season.
October 31, 2012 – Education Week

The new measures set the state on a course for some potentially significant changes to the curriculum.
October 24, 2012 – Education Week

Student and parent groups in five cities are calling for a moratorium on school closings, as debates over their effects intensify.
October 17, 2012 – Education Week

Studies Link Students' Boredom to Stress
Students may say a teacher's lesson is boring, a researcher says, when frustration is really what they feel.
October 10, 2012 – Education Week

Key players on both sides come together to discuss pivotal U.S. Supreme Court cases involving students' free-speech rights.
October 3, 2012 – Education Week

Lead-Exposure Problems Spotlighted in Detroit
One new study draws attention to the large numbers of Detroit children who have been exposed to lead, and suggests ways schools can help those who struggle academically.
September 26, 2012 – Education Week

New Studies Dissect School Turnarounds
Researchers say it takes a mix of strategies—but not too many—to engineer school improvement.
September 19, 2012 – Education Week

Study Weighs Pros, Cons of Teacher Turnover
Turnaround schools don't always keep the best teachers and lose the worst ones, a researcher finds.
September 19, 2012 – Education Week

New Breed of Community Partnerships Aiding Schools
Formal space-sharing arrangements between districts and other entities enable them to forge a shared vision to benefit the community.
September 12, 2012 – Education Week

Senior citizens now outnumber school-age children in more than 900 U.S. counties—and experts say that trend is growing.
August 29, 2012 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

A decade after introducing programs that allow high school students to study on college campuses, the Guilford County district points to greater engagement and achievement among participants.
August 22, 2012 – Education Week

'Hybrid' Home Schools Gaining Traction
As home schooling grows in popularity, lines are blurring between private and public schooling.
August 8, 2012 – Education Week

Science tests of hands-on and computer-based tasks reveal students are foundering at executing higher-level skills.
July 18, 2012 – Education Week

More K-12 girls than ever are involved in sports since passage of the 1972 law, but the gap between boys and girls remains huge.
June 13, 2012 – Education Week

Gender Gaps Persist in STEM Subjects
Girls are no longer shut out of math, science, or career education classes like they were before Title IX, but their participation still lags.
June 13, 2012 – Education Week

Title IX is most often associated with school sports, but the gender-equity law applies to many aspects of schooling.
June 13, 2012 – Education Week

Discovering the brain's power to change may be neuroscience's biggest—and most promising—contribution to education.
June 6, 2012 – Education Week

Formal training in brain biology could help dispel some of the 'neuro-myths' that permeate the field, scholars say.
June 6, 2012 – Education Week

Analysts find plenty of room to grow for districts getting federal funds to provide English-language-acquisition services.
May 23, 2012 – Education Week

A year after a tornado destroyed six of its schools, a Missouri district is building schools that match its new vision for education.
May 16, 2012 – Education Week

To meet rising demands for new school leaders, the charter school sector is building a diverse array of training programs.
May 9, 2012 – Education Week

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