November 20, 2002

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It was once a staple of the high school history class: an in-depth assignment that required students to delve into a single compelling issue, event, or figure. But now, there are signs that the formal research paper—a rite of passage for generations of history students—may itself go down in history.

That question of how to make sure that charter school authorizers hold up their end of the accountability bargain is arising more and more as examples of failed charter schools proliferate.

Schools across the country are starting to make use of "value-added" data analyses. Rather than simply rank schools on raw test scores, such analyses focus on the progress by individual students over time.
The repercussions of what apparently was the longest unbroken walkout ever by U.S. teachers, could play out over months, if not longer.
Many teachers do not have the skills they need to work as partners with parents, experts at summit on parent involvement said last week.
With the help of a $1.5 million federal grant, Southern Methodist University in Dallas is starting an unusual scholarship program that will train teachers in both bilingual education and gifted education.
Departments
  • NTSB Calls for Limits on Teenage Drivers
  • U. of California President Discloses Plans to Retire
  • Teachers Walk Out in Billings, Mont.
  • Yale, Stanford Change Early-Decision Process
  • San Diego Board Member Files Complaint Over Election
  • Bankrupt WorldCom Keeps Internet Program Afloat
  • Dallas School Board Votes to Seek Desegregation Hearing
  • Tornado Destroys Town's Schools
African-American and Hispanic adolescents care about succeeding in school as much as their white and Asian peers, and work hard to do so, a new survey shows. The findings contradict the view that some groups of minority students are less academically driven than others. Includes "Motivation and Peer Attitudes".

To avoid legal conflicts, volunteers in Boston are taking a new approach to helping students pass state tests.
Departments
Here are some key results from the Minority Student Achievement Network's survey of students' attitudes toward school.
Departments
A large-scale study has added to a growing body of research absolving the childhood vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella from causing the national spike in autism over the past decade.
For Morgan Wootten, the legendary high school coach who retired two weeks ago with more basketball wins than any other high school or college coach in history, it was never just about the numbers.
Research Page Adults may wince at painful childhood memories of penmanship lessons and spelling tests. A small but growing number of studies, though, suggest that systematically teaching handwriting and spelling might actually help some students write more and do it better. Includes a research column, "Scholarly Citings."
While experts worry that schools are "teaching to the test" on some high- pressure state exams, a pair of economists have suggested yet another way schools can boost scores: by "feeding to the test."
  • Language Summit Raises Questions
  • Researchers Evaluate Hand-Held Computers
  • Charter Waiting Lists
  • Youth Violence
  • What Teachers Teach
  • Civic Disengagement
  • Textbook Shortages
  • Teen Drug Use
  • Class Size
  • Smaller Schools
  • School Success
  • Technology Tips
  • Math Education
  • Higher Education
  • Affluent Youths
  • Religious Involvement
This chart shows how math scores from grades 2-6 are used to predict a student's probability for passing Tennessee's Algebra 1 test, which is required for graduation. According to the chart, this child appears unlikely to pass without additional help.
A first-ever state lottery in Tennessee would likely send more students to college, but many questions remain about what—if any—benefits K-12 schools might see.
Elections 2002For the first time anyone in Nebraska can remember, elections for the state school board likely will come down to a recount to decide one winner's seat.
Departments
  • Tough Day at the Polls for Illinois Tax Votes
  • Bilingual Education Foe Joins Mass. Transition Team
  • N.J. Students Sign Up for Governor's Book Club
  • Flood-Recovery Contracts Spell Trouble for West Virginia
The Bush administration is preparing a campaign to highlight math and science education and improve the way schools teach the subjects.
Back from an election break that delivered full control of Congress to Republicans, the House put off fiscal 2003 spending decisions for many federal agencies, including the Department of Education, until at least January.
Departments
A federal commission commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education hopes to stir up a passion for history among Americans too young to remember segregated schools.
Two groups of reading and assessment experts offered divergent proposals last week for retooling the National Assessment of Educational Progress in reading.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to consider the constitutionality of a federal law that requires public libraries receiving federal technology funds to block pornographic Web sites.
  • Bush Names Choice for Agency's Hill Voice
  • Acting Chief of NCES Announces Resignation
As if educators didn't have enough to worry about serving the surging population of special education students, some are encountering a bizarre syndrome that disrupts and can monopolize their programs.
Helen H. Larson, an assistant superintendent from Pennsylvania, wonders why we aren't more proud of our country's struggle to educate all students.
Departments
Science historian and journalist Dick Teresi on his new book Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science.
If we feel every child has the right to an equal educational opportunity, why aren't we paying for the education of our poorer neighbors' children, asks professor William A. Proefriedt.
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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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