August 31, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 02
Shayreen Izoli plays with her kitten in West Warwick, R. I. The junior says 9/11 spurred her to become an ambassador for her faith.
Shayreen Izoli plays with her kitten in West Warwick, R. I. The junior says 9/11 spurred her to become an ambassador for her faith.
M. Scott Brauer for Education Week
Teaching For Muslim Students, Life Changed After Sept. 11
Stigmatized by the terrorist attacks, Muslim students feel a continuing obligation to be ambassadors for their faith and their culture.
September 8, 2011
5 min read
Reading & Literacy Commentary Let Us Not Abandon Listening in the Classroom
Even in the rush of today's school culture, it remains important to foster the deeper skills around listening, Diana Senechal writes.
Diana Senechal, August 30, 2011
3 min read
School & District Management Commentary Student Success Depends on Public Accountability
Instead of bashing schools and vilifying teachers, critics should help to foster change, writes Jamie Vollmer.
Jamie Robert Vollmer, August 30, 2011
5 min read
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Federal Commentary ELL Assessment: One Size Does Not Fit All
There is a critical and rising need for fair, accurate assessments for English-language learners, David N. Plank writes.
David N. Plank, August 30, 2011
5 min read
Education Links in Education Week: August 31, 2011
August 30, 2011
1 min read
A sign in Arabic saying “Arabic Class” hangs on the wall of Lalainya Goldsberry’s classroom at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago. More U.S. students are taking the language since 9/11, but far more study other foreign languages.
A sign in Arabic saying “Arabic Class” hangs on the wall of Lalainya Goldsberry’s classroom at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago. More U.S. students are taking the language since 9/11, but far more study other foreign languages.
John Zich for Education Week
Teaching Majority of States' Standards Don't Mention 9/11
While the causes, effects, and aftermath of the attacks appear to occupy little space in the classroom, in-depth lessons can be found.
August 30, 2011
11 min read
Shayreen Izoli plays with her kitten in West Warwick, R. I. The junior says 9/11 spurred her to become an ambassador for her faith.
Shayreen Izoli plays with her kitten in West Warwick, R. I. The junior says 9/11 spurred her to become an ambassador for her faith.
M. Scott Brauer for Education Week
Teaching Muslim Pupils' Lives Changed After Sept. 11
Stigmatized by the terrorist attacks, Muslim students feel a continuing obligation to be ambassadors for their faith and their culture.
Nirvi Shah, August 30, 2011
3 min read
School & District Management Swords Drawn Over Funding for Expanded Learning
Advocacy groups for out-of-school-time programs and those for extra learning time in school are battling over federal funding.
Nora Fleming, August 30, 2011
8 min read
Early Childhood Rating Systems Seen Crucial in New Race to Top Bids
A public rating system for early-learning programs is worth big points in the contest for $500 million in new federal aid.
Michele McNeil, August 30, 2011
5 min read
Classroom Technology Online Schooling Seeing Explosive Growth in Oklahoma
An analysis shows that the number of Oklahoma public school students doing schoolwork through computer-based programs has increased nearly 400 percent over three years.
Andrewa Eger & Tulsa World, August 30, 2011
3 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
August 30, 2011
1 min read
Michelle Rodriguez works with students in her 8th grade English class at Rayburn Middle School in San Antonio.
Michelle Rodriguez works with students in her 8th grade English class at Rayburn Middle School in San Antonio.
Lisa Krantz for Education Week
Teaching Profession Budget-Driven Personnel Shifts Pressure Districts
School administrators are forced to shift workers into different roles and positions to cope with funding cuts and vacancies.
Sean Cavanagh, August 30, 2011
8 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Nation Should Seek More Than 'Proficiency'
To the Editor:
The news that states have failed to raise standards on math and reading tests is certainly disappointing, but not at all surprising (“What Do Rising Title I Achievement Scores Really Mean?,” Inside School Research blog, Aug. 10, 2011). The federal education framework set in place by the No Child Left Behind Act requires our country’s states, districts, and schools to focus exclusively on maximizing the number of students considered “proficient” on end-of-year tests. This myopic attention to “proficiency” has led to two disturbing, but wholly unsurprising results: First, as your report noted, states have lowered standards to increase the number of students considered “proficient.”
August 29, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Hall Commentary 'Cries Out' for Response
To the Editor:
The facts cry out for a response to Beverly Hall’s Commentary (“The Scandal Is Not the Whole Story,” edweek.org, Aug. 10, 2011; Education Week, Aug. 24, 2011).
August 29, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Could Common Core Be 'Chalk' on the Pavement?
To the Editor:
Last spring, my students read the excellent book Chalk, by Bill Thomson, in which chalk drawings come alive. We spent some time planning our own chalk drawings, and on a sunny day we blocked off our parking lot, opened buckets of chalk, and turned the children loose. They left a whole lot of learning on the pavement. Rain, the very next day washed it all away.
August 29, 2011
1 min read
Student Well-Being Report Roundup After-School Programs
A new study shows that middle school students enrolled in a citywide after-school program in Providence, R.I., had better school attendance records than peers who did not participate.
The Associated Press, August 29, 2011
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Financing College
To deal with college expenses in an uncertain economy, families are turning to lower-cost schools and seeking more financial aid, a national survey reveals.
Caralee J. Adams, August 29, 2011
1 min read
Special Education Report Roundup ADHD Students
A federal report finds that the percentage of U.S. children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increased to 9 percent in 2009.
Nirvi Shah, August 29, 2011
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup High Schools
Students who attended a school that required an entrance exam were more likely to take rigorous high school courses, but not enroll in college.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 29, 2011
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Education Schools
An analysis of education departments shows that students studying to become teachers likely benefit from grade inflation more than students in other areas.
Alexandra Rice, August 29, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup School Uniforms
School uniforms have some benefits, but appear to have little effect on student behavior and achievement, a report concludes.
Alexandra Rice, August 29, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Sports Participation Hits Record High
The number of high school students playing sports reached an all-time high this past school year, according to a new survey.
Bryan Toporek, August 29, 2011
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Teacher Can't Be Sued for Comments on Religion
A student, who believes in creationism, objected to numerous comments his teacher made during a European history course in 2007.
Mark Walsh, August 29, 2011
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Who Are Today's Students?
The 2015 Beloit College Mindset List is out.
The Associated Press, August 29, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Va. Picks Education Secretary
Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Laura W. Fornash as Virginia's new secretary of education.
The Associated Press, August 29, 2011
1 min read
Special Education News in Brief Special Ed. Center Hires Director
The National Center for Special Education Research has hired Deborah Speece.
Nirvi Shah, August 29, 2011
1 min read
School Choice & Charters News in Brief Walton Foundation Investing in Calif. Charters
The Walton Family Foundation has been a major player in promoting school choice.
Sean Cavanagh, August 29, 2011
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Ariz. First State to Mandate Concussion Test
The 50-minute program uses videos to walk students through symptoms of a concussion, among other things.
Bryan Toporek, August 29, 2011
1 min read
Accountability News in Brief Grade-Change Claims Up in NYC
Allegations of grade-changing and test-tampering by New York City teachers and school administrators have more than tripled since 2003.
The Associated Press, August 29, 2011
1 min read