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College Board says its new assessment will help schools gauge college readiness earlier.
Kelvin Adams, who is taking over as the St. Louis schools’ seventh superintendent since 2003, is already familiar with the dynamics of a district under state supervision.
National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers affiliates have been campaigning with every tool at their disposal to reach out to more than 4 million members and their families.
The diffuse movement to address social issues, historical conflicts, and multicultural viewpoints that have not been part of the traditional curriculum has proponents on the defensive once again, amid a new round of attacks related to the presidential campaign.
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Report Roundup
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Low-achieving schools are found to do little to reach out to families.
Two national education groups are launching a first-time effort to assess—and possibly even rank—the hundreds of doctoral programs that prepare education researchers.
School districts can refer to a student’s disability or special education status on report cards, but should generally not do so on transcripts, new federal guidance says.
South Dakota officials created a professional-development and mentoring program that tries to build teachers’ confidence and content knowledge in math and encourages them to teach math in a different way.
Six out of 11 U.S. city school systems performed at or above the average for developed nations in 4th grade math, according to an analysis linking national and international test results. Only two of the 11 districts beat out the 8th grade average.
The use of rating scales as a way to encourage child-care centers and preschools to improve their programs continues to grow in popularity across the states, even as researchers say states need to do more to share what they find and to demonstrate whether rating systems improve learning.
The presidential and vice presidential nominees all have close relatives who are, or have been, teachers.
When voters line up at school-based polling places Nov. 4, some students will have a front-row seat, and others will watch what is widely predicted to be a historic turnout from home. It all depends on where they live.`
The California Teachers Association has donated $1 million to oppose a ballot initiative that would end same-sex marriage in the state.
Campaign Notebook
Congressional candidates from both major parties are largely sidestepping the key education questions that await the next Congress.
Campaign Notebook
Federal File
Campaign Notebook
Faced with crushing energy costs across its far-flung district, the Aloha State is pushing aggressive conservation efforts that could offer lessons for the U.S. mainland.
"While policy-system enthusiasm for the idea is building, the research-and-evaluation jury is still out on educator performance pay," say James W. Guthrie and Patrick J. Schuermann.
The future education innovation office must have the right mix of independence, structure, and transparency in order to avoid the mistakes of the past, say Ted Mitchell and Jonathan Schorr.
"Leaving aside the question of whether or why schools might want to kill learning, the simple fact that some of the prevalent school structures and practices do is worth greater study in this age of standards and accountability," says John D. McNeil.
Gina Burkhardt and Richard Lee Colvin discuss how the news media leaves communities in the dark about the hard, day-to-day decisions on the most important contributors to learning: curriculum, teacher quality, instructional practices, and assessments.
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