April 18, 2007

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Because the federal law gives the states the power to define proficiency, there are 50 different definitions of the term.
Activities to better prepare students for work and college spiked noticeably in the past year, according to a recent survey.
Students who participated in the programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not take part.
District Dossier
Many programs result in "buddy systems" rather than in helping new principals improve teaching and learning in their schools.
Hours of labor outside the classroom are often lost in official tallies.
News in Brief: A National Roundup
People in the News
The plan calls for paying teachers for the quality and quantity of their contributions to the schools and communities where they work.
The organization is decentralizing with the aim of strengthening literacy efforts in the world’s neediest countries.
Federal agencies must improve their efforts to support education overseas if they are to be effective, a report said.
The BIA cannot account for more than $100 million in funding for students in special education on American Indian reservations, according to a recent audit.
More than half the world’s school-age children who are not attending school live in conflict-ridden countries, according to a report.
Far greater shares of students are proficient on state tests than on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a study concludes.
The kind of research experiments championed by federal officials are not the only reliable measures of what works in education, experts say.
In many countries, disappointing test results have been a major impetus for school improvement efforts.
Report Roundup
The number of alternative programs that certify teachers skyrocketed from 12 in 1983 to 485 last year.
Early Years
Unions and other opponents submit petitions to force a vote on the country’s first "universal" taxpayer-funded voucher law.
State Journal
Lawmakers in Florida are setting their sights on expanding its assessment system to include social studies.
Capitol Recap
The Washington-based group Education Trust has advocated keeping accountability strong under the law.
Charter advocates are calling for changes to enhance the sector’s role in providing alternatives for troubled schools.
Federal File
News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Teachers in the small public high schools cropping up in many U.S. cities find the human dimension of their jobs bringing both strains and rewards.
Cheyanne Zahrt is a teacher in the Academy for College and Career Exploration, one of five small high schools this city’s school system midwifed starting in 2002.
While charter schools are just in their adolescence, much more support is needed for them to advance public education, writes Greg Richmond.
Bridging the gap between research and policy is a key step in establishing a positive educational environment, write Jonathan Cohen and Terry Pickeral.
Three experts in the area of educational technology answered questions on its progress, or lack thereof, over the past decade.
An important variable is missing when analyzing test performance: the leisure habits of teenagers, say Sunil Iyengar and Mark Bauerlein.

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