February 10, 2010

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But whether Congress will go along with the administration’s plans to cut and consolidate a raft of smaller programs remains unclear.
Both the economy and a push to measure teacher effectiveness in new ways have led states to revamp funding for the certification.
A trickle of studies suggest that in practice, getting students past the algebra hump is difficult and in some cases, didn't pay off.
The Obama administration calls for a shift toward measuring college and career readiness as it prepares proposals for revamping the law.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
Organizers of the initiative to create common standards explain that states must adopt English/language arts and math documents wholesale, or not at all.
An analysis of NAEP scores suggests policymakers should consider the needs of gifted students to address a persistent “excellence gap.”
A panel led by the National Research Council is trying to identify "core ideas" in each of the major science disciplines.
Best of the Blogs
Middle schoolers didn't receive a moral message, but were asked to think about how early sex could interfere with their goals and dreams.
Librarians' roles are shifting to address the demand for quality online content.
The U.S. Secretary of Education said it was ‘dumb’ for him to characterize the hurricane as the 'best thing' that has happened to New Orleans’ education system.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the Obama administration is being too prescriptive.
Despite the stimulus, an analysis found a decline in the share of the state budget in 13 of 23 state plans examined.
Policy Brief
State of the States

As the first year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ends and the second year begins, Education Week takes a close look at the impact education stimulus dollars have had and sheds light on what the next year will bring.

Heather Zavadsky shows how Broad Prize-winning districts can teach other urban systems about using new federal funding well.
Justin Snider tells why policymakers should be wary of tying teacher tenure and compensation to student test scores.
Jose Ferreira offers insights from his career in test preparation on some of the persistent questions about standardized tests.
Common standards should not take the joy and power of book reading away from students, Nancie Atwell writes.
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