July 26, 2006
Education Week, Vol. 25, Issue 43
Teaching Profession Bigger District Size Gives Superintendents Earnings Edge
District size has a more pronounced effect on the salaries of superintendents than for any other staff category, with chiefs in larger districts posting far higher earnings on average than their colleagues in smaller ones, according to a recent survey of more than 600 school districts conducted by Educational Research Service.
Professional Development Science Teachers Learning to Tackle Thorny Issues Inherent in Subject
While lessons on bioethics have long been a part of many science classes, interest in the subject has grown in recent years, with new advances in science, and as public debates about science's role in society play out in the news media, the courts, and Congress.
College & Workforce Readiness Project GRAD Seen Yielding Mixed Record
Project GRAD, a national high school improvement initiative begun in Houston almost 13 years ago, has yielded a mixed record in its effort to raise graduation rates and academic performance, according to an independent evaluation of the $70 million program.
Science To Avoid Pitfalls on Controversial Issues, Experts Say, Know Your Stuff
Teachers’ thorough understanding of a subject and students’ respect for different points of view can help smooth the way for dealing with controversial topics in the classroom, professional-development experts say.
Social Studies Experience of Ellis Island Expected to Enrich Curriculum
Summer workshops for teachers on Ellis Island put the debate on immigration into a broader historical context.
School & District Management High School Educators Encouraged to Offer More Math and Science
Twenty years into an effort to improve the nation’s high schools, the leaders of High Schools That Work used the program’s recent national conference to encourage nearly 8,000 educators to require more mathematics and science, and to make those classes tougher.
College & Workforce Readiness Egyptian Pupils Map Out Ways to Improve Lot
Two dozen preparatory students from Egypt were in Washington this month to attend a conference about the Community Youth Mapping program, run by the Washington-based Academy for Educational Development, a nonprofit organization focused on education, health, and economic issues.
College & Workforce Readiness States Up Efforts to Let H.S. Students Get Jump On College
States are adopting more policies that permit high school students to get a jump-start on college-level courses, according to a 50-state survey released this summer.
School Choice & Charters Public Schools Fare Well Against Private Schools in Study
A new federal study comparing public and private schools reflects findings similar to those of two education researchers earlier this year: When certain scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress are adjusted for socioeconomics, race, and other characteristics, public school students do as well as or better than private school students in some areas.
Federal Education Department Is Losing Two High-Ranking Officials
The leader of a recently created Department of Education office that oversees policy development is stepping down, department officials announced last week.
School & District Management Power Over Curriculum at Heart of L.A. Deal
In Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s latest vision for overhauling the Los Angeles public schools, teachers would be given an “authentic and central role” in selecting curriculum and instructional materials for the nation’s second-largest district.
Special Education Dept. Mum on Rules for Special Ed.Testing
The U.S. Department of Education said last week that it has yet to decide whether to extend an interim policy that allows states to adjust test scores for certain students with disabilities who are believed to be able to meet grade-level standards, but at a pace slower than their peers.
College & Workforce Readiness Pennsylvania High School Project Stresses Rigor, Support
Riding a wave of national concern about high schools, Pennsylvania has expanded a pilot program that seeks to boost academic rigor for high school students and create clearer connections to college and work through a revamped counseling system.
Education GAO Restates Criticism of Agency’s Publicity Efforts
The Government Accountability Office has rejected the Department of Education’s defense of media-outreach efforts that the congressional watchdog agency has deemed propaganda.
Education Report Details NEA Funding of Groups That Criticize NCLB
A report by the Washington think tank Education Sector criticizes the National Education Association for using donations to push for changes in the No Child Left Behind Act.
Education English-Language Learners
Arizona’s English-language learners do increasingly better on the state’s standardized academic tests during each of the first three years they participate in special programs to learn English, but their performance on those tests stagnates or declines if they stay in those programs for more than three years, a policy brief by the Arizona Center for Public Policy concludes.