February 17, 1999

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Jessica Bostdorf had everything she needed to attend the college of her dreams--stellar grades, extensive leadership experience, athletic ability. Everything, that is, except the money to afford the $22,000-a-year price tag.
Officials of the Evanston/Skokie, Ill., school district were not amused when their schools mistakenly received the lowest rating last fall on a free World Wide Web site designed to help home buyers.
Only three of 24 popular school reform models have strong evidence that they improve student achievement, according to a report released last week that provides the most comprehensive rating of such programs by an independent research group.

John Goff, a former state schools chief for Ohio, has joined the Council for Basic Education as a senior fellow.
John Goff
A panel of testing experts has declared Virginia's new state exams fair and accurate a month after students' high failure rates on the high-stakes assessment were announced.
Massachusetts' controversial teacher-licensing tests are unreliable and of such poor validity that they should be discontinued, a study released last week by three critics concludes.

John H. Hollifield Jr., a longtime editor and disseminator of research reports for the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, died of cancer Feb. 2. He was 59.

Judge Blocks Consent Forms
For La. School Health Clinics

A Kentucky district's objection to new statewide accountability policies now being drafted has highlighted the difficult balance states must strike in efforts to make schools responsible for performance.
Most state standards require students to learn a heavy dose of academics, but that may not be what Americans value most, a survey suggests.


The event opened with a prayer for participants to "assume more effective leadership roles" in the school choice movement and for "clarity, that [they] may develop an understanding of the complexities" of the issue.

Public school districts poured a record $15 billion into construction last year, and the upward trend is likely to continue for at least a few more years, an annual study of industry trends shows.
Education-software publishers are finally cashing in on their efforts to develop software for the school market.

No Direct Link
Between Pupil Spending, Quality

Click on the profile of Hubbard Elementary School in San Jose, Calif., and you'll find that the school is using the Success for All reading program.
College-tuition costs continue to climb, but neither federal, state, nor institutional policymakers are addressing the causes of the problem, a new report contends.
Florida's release this month of recalculated high school graduation rates showing that fewer than half the state's students complete high school in four years has local administrators there combing through record books and crunching numbers, hoping to find flaws in the state's math.

California's Poway Unified School District launched a program in 1987 that lets teachers review their colleagues' performance. Since then, teachers and administrators in the 33,000-student district say the gamble has paid off handsomely, giving new teachers much-welcomed help and removing some who belonged in another profession.

Declaring that Ohio has no education need more urgent than teaching children to read, Gov. Bob Taft has proposed recruiting a citizen army of 20,000 volunteer tutors and spending $25 million to improve literacy in the early grades.
Gov. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware is calling for significant increases in teacher salaries tied to a professional-development and teacher-accountability plan.
After five years as Gov. Christine Todd Whitman's school reform lieutenant, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Leo F. Klagholz is stepping down to become a college professor.

In the Centennial school district just north of Minneapolis, money from the federal Title VI block grant is helping administrators develop student assessments and train teachers to meet Minnesota's accountability requirements.

The Department of Education will not seek a major overhaul of Title I in this year's reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley told members of Congress last week.

Education technology will figure even more prominently in this year's revamping of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act than it did in the bill's last overhaul, in 1994, according to staff members on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Education.

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