February 23, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 21
Keith Look, the principal of the Academy @ Shawnee, in Louisville, talks with members of the school’s Navy Junior ROTC before the corps’ annual inspection. He is seeking ways to sustain the school’s gains.
Keith Look, the principal of the Academy @ Shawnee, in Louisville, talks with members of the school’s Navy Junior ROTC before the corps’ annual inspection. He is seeking ways to sustain the school’s gains.
Pat McDonogh for Education Week
Accountability Turnaround High School Ratchets Up Improvement
The challenge for a Louisville, Ky., school is to sustain momentum gained through a federally funded school improvement program.
Alyson Klein, February 23, 2011
10 min read
Social Studies Panel Launched to Study Humanities and Social Sciences
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the creation of a commission tasked with determining how the nation should promote and improve teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences.
Michelle D. Anderson, February 23, 2011
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Teacher Preparation Opinion What Is the Role of Teacher Education?
C. Emily Feistritzer notes that what makes an effective teacher doesn't always correlate to an educator's path to the classroom.
C. Emily Feistritzer, February 22, 2011
6 min read
Teacher Preparation Opinion Evaluating the Evaluators
Les Sternberg takes issue with the latest plan to rank teacher education programs.
Les Sternberg, February 22, 2011
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School & District Management State Specialists' Team Offers Aid in Turnaround
A Kentucky school undergoing turnaround efforts is getting used to the idea of having three officials from the state education department stationed right in their school.
Alyson Klein, February 22, 2011
3 min read
Education Study Punctures Stereotypes About Social Status of Bullies
Researchers found students in the middle of the social hierarchies, not the popular ones or outcasts, are more likely to bully.
February 22, 2011
6 min read
Egyptians celebrate the news of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation earlier this month in downtown Cairo. Some teachers in the United States said the events in Egypt gave them a chance to go beyond pharoahs and mummies and teach about modern-day society in that country.
Egyptians celebrate the news of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation earlier this month in downtown Cairo. Some teachers in the United States said the events in Egypt gave them a chance to go beyond pharoahs and mummies and teach about modern-day society in that country.
Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP
Social Studies U.S. Teachers Seize 'Teachable Moments' in Egypt's Revolution
The demonstrations that began in Egypt on Jan. 25 gave some U.S. teachers a chance to deepen their students' understanding of that region.
Michelle D. Anderson, February 22, 2011
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School Climate & Safety 'Disparate Impact' Discipline Policy Criticized
Critics challenged the U.S. Department of Education's new focus on curbing school discipline policies that disproportionately affect some student groups.
Mary Ann Zehr, February 22, 2011
3 min read
Teacher Preparation Teacher-Quality Group to Revamp Education School Review
After mounting complaints from deans, the National Council of Teacher Quality plans to change some of the criteria for judging programs.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 22, 2011
7 min read
Assessment Opinion Formative Assessment—A Process, Not a Test
Formative assessment can work wonders when teachers realize it's a process of using assessment results to adjust how they work with their students, W. James Popham writes.
W. James Popham, February 22, 2011
6 min read
School & District Management School Administrator Groups Join Forces
Looking to save money and share resources, the nation's two largest professional groups for principals and superintendents make plans to consolidate.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 22, 2011
4 min read
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Stephen Sawchuk, February 22, 2011
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Accountability Opinion School Improvement Takes a Team
Drawing on sports analogies, Sam Redding writes that school improvement takes a strong team and sound fundamentals.
Sam Redding, February 22, 2011
6 min read
Education Letter to the Editor It's Time to Make Changes for Language Learning
To the Editor:
Yes, there is a national imperative for language learning (“The National Imperative for Language Learning,” Jan. 26, 2011). The problem is: Where is there time in the school day? Already, social studies work at the elementary level is in decline due to the emphasis on reading and math. At the middle school and high school levels, the day is crammed, with little room for electives like foreign language.
February 22, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Model Teacher Training on Medical Residency
To the Editor:
According to a recent article in Education Week (“New Vigor Propelling Training,” Dec. 1, 2010), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education released a report on Nov. 16 calling on schools of education to make supervised, structured, classroom-based experiences the foremost component of teacher preparation.
February 22, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Obama Needs to Address Poverty, the Root Cause of Many Problems
To the Editor:
The Commentary “A Letter to My President—The One I Voted For” (Education Week, Feb. 2, 2011) is a heart-wrenching appeal from a 5th grade teacher who is on the front lines of a battle with poverty, breakdown of the family unit, massive teacher turnover, and financial constraints that prevent the offering of programs in areas such as music and art.
February 22, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Let's Celebrate Academics, As Well as Athletics
To the Editor:
Last year, in the school library, there was cake served and family, friends, and some teachers gathered for the “athletic signing” of our high school star. We upped the ante this year. Austin Traylor is a central Ohio superstar: a great kid, bred in the neighborhood, raised by a single mom. He plays football and basketball. My principal called him a beast. The teachers brought classes; coaches brought teammates, other sports’ teams, a few community members—all in all, a half a gymnasium’s worth of supporters.
February 22, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor NCPIE's Sue Ferguson Will Be Missed
To the Editor:
On Feb. 6, Sue Ferguson, the beloved longtime chair of the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, or NCPIE, died unexpectedly in her sleep. Founded in 1981, NCPIE is composed of more than 80 national education, parent, community, and advocacy organizations that champion home, school, and community partnerships to enhance the education of all young people, especially those from low-income and culturally diverse neighborhoods.
February 22, 2011
2 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Many Factors Affect Student Success in School
To the Editor:
I was surprised to read the statement, “We know that the quality of teaching a student receives is the single most important predictor of student performance,” in the piece “Moving Beyond Test Scores” (Commentary, Jan. 19, 2011). Parent education and occupation and family income, a student’s educational expectations, and non-English-language status are all factors that have correlated highly with educational achievement in the past. The quality of the teacher turns out to be particularly important for socially disadvantaged students, who often attend schools with less experienced and/or qualified teachers.
February 22, 2011
1 min read
Education Correction Correction
An article in the Feb. 9, 2011, issue of Education Week about an initiative that recruits and supports math teachers misspelled the name of Francis M. “Skip” Fennell, an education professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.
February 22, 2011
1 min read
Education Funding Bargaining Rights Under Fire in Wis.
Teachers across Wisconsin took to the streets, and to the state capitol, to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to scale back public employees' collective bargaining rights and cut their pension benefits.
Sean Cavanagh, February 22, 2011
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Court Upholds Law Protecting Teachers and Administrators
The federal statute meant to give teachers and school administrators protection from legal liability over their efforts to maintain safe schools has been upheld against a constitutional challenge.
Mark Walsh, February 22, 2011
1 min read
School Choice & Charters Report Roundup Charter Schools
The autonomy granted to charter schools only offers the opportunity for high-quality schools and is not a guarantee of innovation, a new report says.
Nirvi Shah, February 22, 2011
1 min read
Student Achievement News in Brief At TFA Summit, Calls for 'Revolution'
At the Teach For America 20th- anniversary summit in Washington, some of the most recognizable names in the education reform movement discussed the need for a "revolution" to close the nation's achievement gap.
Liana Loewus, February 22, 2011
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup Economic Stimulus
As states work to implement education reforms as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, their progress may be halted or slowed in 2012 because of lingering financial difficulties.
Michele McNeil, February 22, 2011
1 min read
Mathematics Report Roundup Algebra in 8th Grade
Taking Algebra 1 in 8th grade has helped many California students, but has set others up for failure, concludes an analysis released last week by EdSource.
Karen Diegmueller, February 22, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup AP Passing Rates Rose For Last Year's Seniors
New figures show that 16.9 percent of students in last spring’s graduating class scored a 3 or better on one or more Advanced Placement exams by the time they graduated, an improvement over previous years.
Catherine Gewertz, February 22, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup After-School Jobs
Working more than 20 hours a week in high school can lead to academic and behavior problems, a new analysis suggests.
Debra Viadero, February 22, 2011
1 min read