May 18, 2011

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The effectiveness of summer school teachers has been largely overlooked for years, but a handful of districts are trying to address the issue.
A "policy statement" going before the Representative Assembly would open the door to the use of standardized tests as a part of evaluations.
New studies are exploring why studying mathematics makes some students break out in a cold sweat.
Lawmakers are discussing greater flexibility and limiting the extent of the federal role in school improvement and accountability.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The East Providence, R.I., schools enlisted a local psychiatric hospital to help reduce the number of students bused out of the district for special services.
Nearly a quarter of the prizes available in a prestigious award program for STEM teachers will not be bestowed this year.
Conservative education leaders issue a "counter-manifesto" to protest shared curricula and tests to go along with common standards.
Best of the Blogs
Few parents who sought—and got—Catholic-school placements for their children in the D.C. voucher program ended up withdrawing.
Innosight Institute report recommends policies for mixing face-to-face and online learning, but critics question the suggested measures.
This chart depicts the types of professional-development activities online teachers participated in related to online instruction.
When it comes to safe schools, a new study finds that students' achievement and relationships with teachers and other adults may play more of a role than the neighborhood's crime rate.
The Oakland, Calif., group will use its new funding to bring outside talent into school administration.
From an ambitious new voucher program to curbs on teacher pay and bargaining rights, Gov. Mitch Daniels and fellow Republicans notch big victories.
As schools chief was known for his aggressive efforts to raise academic expectations and rebuild New Orleans' hurricane-ravaged schools, but he often angered parent and teachers.
Policy Brief
Schools must adapt to how technology will alter student learning in the next decade or they will suffer the consequences, write Richard F. Elmore and Elizabeth A. City.
Many principal-training processes should be reexamined, Ann Hassenpflug writes.
When children are taught to avoid making mistakes at all costs, they grow up afraid to take risks and be creative, says Alina Tugend.
Mark Alter and Gordon M. Pradl argue that teacher education programs must have a direct connection with student learning outcomes.
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