February 26, 1992

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WASHINGTON--Citing the potential abuses and misuses of tests, the Congress's research arm last week raised caution flags in the current debate over creating a new national system of student assessments.
BOCA RATON, FLA.-This community of plush homes, golf courses, and polo grounds hardly has a reputation as a place where a middle-class black family can find a good housing buy.
For the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the past year has been one of marked highs and lows. NCATE last year took a major step forward in its quest to create a national accreditation system, for example, when it forged an unprecedented agreement with Florida.
TAMPA, FLA.-Over the next few weeks, students at Hillsborough High School here will volunteer to gather their school records, compile their work histories, and take a specially prepared test of work-related skills.
Television news and informational programming for young viewers, virtually absent from the major broadcast networks for the past decade, is making a comeback this year, especially on cable channels and local stations.
About 8 percent of all high-school students have been in a fight that resulted in an injury requiring medical attention during the past month, the results of a federal study show.
More than half of all urban children have not received all the immunizations they need by their second birthday, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggest.
WASHINGTON-Two reports that lambaste past management of the District of Columbia schools have cast a shadow on the school system's request for more money and prompted local lawmakers to consider taking greater control of its finances.
One of the largest and best-known programs in the country tying teacher pay to performance fell victim to budget cuts last week, as the Fairfax County, Va., school board voted to suspend the district's merit-pay system for the 1992-93 school year.
The Rochester, N.Y., school board violated state education law last December when it barred military recruiters from its campuses because of the armed forces' ban on homosexuals, a state court has ruled.
TOWSON, MD.--Although they come from all walks of life and teach different subjects and grade levels in a variety of school systems, the students enrolled in Goucher College's new master's program in education have one overriding trait in common: They are looking for help.
In a new book, entitled Teachers' Voices, 'Teachers' Wisdom, seven San Francisco Bay-area teachers talk candidly and compellingly about their lives in and out of the classroom.
Several rural school districts in northeast Texas have been besieged by both rumors and reporters following the announcement that 6 of 197 students in one area high school tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS .
Preliminary data from a survey of 13,892 3-to 8-year-olds show that a family member or guardian reads to 58 percent of them several times per month or week and that another 35 percent are read to daily.
Although social scientists often have found a link between housing segregation and school segregation, few school systems around the country have been willing, as Palm Beach County has, to attack both problems at once, desegregation experts said last week.
GAINESVllLE,FLA.--Ron G. Joekel wants to know why the 20 or so members of his cadre of future site examiners are allover the map on the question of whether the University of Florida has passed one of the standards established by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The executive board of the Council of Independent Colleges has authorized its staff to examine the possibility of creating an alternative system of teacher-education accreditation.
After turning back successive tax reform proposals offered by Gov. Ned McWherter, Tennessee legislators last week were on the verge of passing a scaled-down education-reform plan and ending the debate that has preoccupied state leaders for the past two years.
After more than a decade of trying, Virginia lawmakers have finally approved legislation giving state voters the right to elect school-board members.
The Washington House has given overwhelming approval to a measure that would "deregulate" the state's schools.
The Georgia House has approved a bill that would give opponents of consolidation greater say in the fate of their small schools.
Two influential California lawmakers have moved to head off support for a proposed school-choice ballot initiative by introducing proposals under which groups of teachers would be able to break away from the existing public school bureaucracy and create their own schools under a contract or "charter" with a district or the state.
Responding to data that suggest that gay and lesbian teenagers may be at a higher risk of committing suicide than their heterosexual peers, Gov. William F. Weld of Massachusetts has established a commission to examine issues affecting homosexual teenagers.
WASHINGTON--As hearings opened last week on the fiscal 1993 education budget, lawmakers praised Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander for the $l.6-billion increase in discretionary education spending proposed by the Bush Administration.
When word got out in December that the Congress had eliminated funding for the Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program this year, federal officials received a barrage of mail and telephone calls.
WASHINGTON--A recent agreement between the Education Department and the National Science Foundation to pool resources to jointly plan and develop precollegiate science and mathematics programs is more than a mere formality, observers say.
WASHINGTON-The Senate was poised to approve legislation reauthorizing the Higher Education Act late last week, after Democrats dropped a controversial proposal that would have made the Pell Grant an entitlement beginning in the 1997 fiscal year.
WASHINGTON-Educators involved with the National Diffusion Network have taken steps toward creating a professional group that would promote more exemplary education programs than those recognized by the federal curriculum clearinghouse.
The data tell a complex story. American children who attend schools in affluent, mostly suburban, neighborhoods compete well with students in other countries. The top 10 percent of American students who attend schools in which academic achievement is stressed are doing well. The problem is with schools in the inner cities that are dramatically underfunded and in which learning is not stressed; these are the schools about which Jonathan Kozol wrote so movingly in his recent book, Savage Inequalities.
Ruth Mitchell, the associate director of the Council for Basic Education, writes in Testing for Learning that "a new model of schooling is a imperative." One aspect of the model she envisions will be standards whose achievement can be verified by assessment practices going beyond multiple-choice.
I t is difficult to imagine a human society without the arts. The arts define what we mean by civilization. They are part of the foundation and framework of our culture. As a universal language through which we can express our common aspirations and experiences, the arts are a channel to understanding and appreciating other cultures. As the language of civilization-past and present-they are a record of and a means of expressing our imagination and feeling. They link us to our own creative powers and to each other.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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