February 29, 2012

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A report highlights the discrepancy between the public perception of Asian-heritage students as universally high-achieving and the reality.
Teachers and curriculum developers find materials reflecting the English/language arts and math standards in short supply.
Both critics and proponents of school choice say growth in state special education voucher programs could pave the way for broader school choice initiatives.
The group will recommend standards for ensuring that candidates know their content and can teach effectively, among other policies.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Administrative positions with the word "innovation" in the title are cropping up in school districts and state education departments nationwide.
Governing bodies for youth sports are toughening rules, especially related to football players, as research on head injuries mounts.
Best of the Blogs
New technologies use visual cues to bridge communication challenges in the classroom.
An online learning coalition has filed a lawsuit, claiming that state budget cuts have hit alternative education programs harder than traditional schools.
The Supreme Court will weigh the use of race in a college admissions case with implications for K-12 policy.
Policy Brief
The usual partisan lines blur as members of Congress grapple with the federal role in shaping how to judge teacher quality.
State of the States
Schools need to retain the human element of learning in their use of new technologies, Susan Sandler writes.
Large-scale reform is a new area of education practice, and policy and research should reflect that, says Donald J. Peurach.
Technology has the potential to boost individualized instruction or drive it into the ground, Joseph S. Renzulli argues.
Joanne Yatvin writes that demands of the reading standards exceed what young children are capable of delivering intellectually, physiologically, and emotionally.
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