September 21, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 04
Recruitment & Retention Colleges Try to Unlock Secrets to Student Retention
Little more than half of college freshmen will get a degree, but initiatives are emerging to boost college completion.
Caralee J. Adams, September 20, 2011
9 min read
Eleven-year-olds Alaney Ocasio, left, and Nirisi Lopez give in to their impulse to eat marshmallows after a mini-lesson on self-control at the KIPP Academy Middle School in New York City.
Eleven-year-olds Alaney Ocasio, left, and Nirisi Lopez give in to their impulse to eat marshmallows after a mini-lesson on self-control at the KIPP Academy Middle School in New York City.
Emile Wamsteker for Education Week
Early Childhood Study Reveals Brain Biology Behind Self-Control
In a neuroscience twist on a classic experiment, researchers learn—once again—that self-control can be key to students' academic success.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 20, 2011
7 min read
Special Education Report Roundup Students With Autism
Many Michigan students with autism spectrum disorder are not expected to reach grade-level achievement standards, according to a new study.
Nirvi Shah, September 20, 2011
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Scholarships
A scholarship program in Pittsburgh that aims to boost student enrollment and increase college readiness is showing positive results.
Alexandra Rice, September 20, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Middle-Class Schools
A report says schools serving students in middle-class families are underperforming.
Alexandra Rice, September 20, 2011
1 min read
Special Education Report Roundup Assistive Technology
Changes in technology have had a dramatic effect on how children who are deaf or hard of hearing are taught, according to a new report.
Nirvi Shah, September 20, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Writing Instruction
Student writing skills can be improved in the classroom through the use of formative writing assessments, a new report says.
Nora Fleming, September 20, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Study: Schools Contribute to Rural 'Brain Drain'
A study of one remote California community explores the role that schools play when talented young people leave their hometowns.
Diette Courrégé Casey, September 20, 2011
1 min read
Federal Rare Bipartisan Support Secures Charter Bill Passage
A measure would let states tap into federal funding to replicate charter models with a track record of success.
Alyson Klein, September 20, 2011
3 min read
Sen. Phil Pavlov, a Republican, chairs the Michigan state Senate's education panel and is a sponsor of legislation on public school choice.
<b>Sen. Phil Pavlov</b>, a Republican, chairs the Michigan state Senate's education panel and is a sponsor of legislation on public school choice.
Families & the Community Public School Choice Pushed in Michigan
A multibill package would greatly expand the menu of open-enrollment-style options for parents and students.
Sean Cavanagh, September 20, 2011
6 min read
Reading & Literacy Opinion Let's Stop Teaching Writing
Prescriptive curricula make it harder for students to learn to write well, Paula Stacey writes.
Paula Stacey, September 20, 2011
5 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
Ian Kim
Teaching Opinion Reframing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness
Howard Gardner reconsiders his educational philosophy more than a decade after the publication of The Disciplined Mind.
Howard Gardner, September 20, 2011
6 min read
Law & Courts Fla. E-Learning Mandate Puts Financial Strain on Districts
The new law requires incoming freshman, beginning this school year, to take at least one course online prior to graduation.
Marc Valero, September 20, 2011
3 min read
Law & Courts Idaho Ed. Board Votes to Require Online Classes
The state board of education gave initial approval to a rule requiring high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate.
Sean Cavanagh, September 20, 2011
2 min read
Education Funding Handicappers Busy on New Race to Top
Unlike the first two rounds of the competition, there will be no outside judges—this time, it's up to the Education Department to pick, which means there are clear favorites.
Michele McNeil, September 20, 2011
1 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
September 20, 2011
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Standards Letter to the Editor Consortia's Efforts Focus on Wrong Concepts
To the Editor:
Reading “Consortia Flesh Out Concepts for Common Assessments” (Aug. 24, 2011) prompted me to recall a verse from the Gospel of Matthew about the blind leading the blind, and both falling into the ditch.
September 20, 2011
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Former Teacher's Essay Shows Naiveté on Testing
In her recent Commentary (“Putting Myself to the Test,” Education Week, Aug. 31, 2011), Ama Nyamekye alleged: “Blaming the test for the shortcomings of that [high-stakes assessment] agenda is like blaming the barometer for the weather.” Perhaps one thing she didn’t learn in her three years of classroom teaching is that, since the rise of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and merit-pay strategies, evaluation-based solutions have become the weather. It’s raining barometers!
September 20, 2011
1 min read
Teaching Profession Some Efforts on Merit Pay Scaled Back
Financial woes and unsuccessful results lead some to cut programs, though other states and districts are moving forward.
Nora Fleming, September 20, 2011
9 min read
Standards Progress Is Slow on Common-Standards Implementation
School districts report that budget problems and lack of state guidance are hindering their ability to make curricular changes.
Catherine Gewertz, September 20, 2011
3 min read
Education Correction Correction
In the Sept. 14, 2011, issue of Education Week, the “From the Archives” story promoted on Page 3 had the incorrect date. The article about teacher strikes was published in 1991.
September 20, 2011
1 min read
Kenny Little Thunder and his wife, Bernadine, pose at the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck, N.D. The Little Thunders, of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, provided voices for several of the characters in the Lakota language-dubbed Berenstain Bears animated series that began airing this week on public television in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Kenny Little Thunder and his wife, Bernadine, pose at the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck, N.D. The Little Thunders, of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, provided voices for several of the characters in the Lakota language-dubbed Berenstain Bears animated series that began airing this week on public television in North Dakota and South Dakota.
James MacPherson/AP
Reading & Literacy News in Brief Berenstain Bears Help Young Lakota Learn an Ancient Language
The Berenstain Bears are helping revive an endangered American Indian language in what is believed to be the first animated series ever translated into the language.
The Associated Press, September 20, 2011
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief 'Best Colleges' List Unveiled
U.S. News & World Report unveiled its 2012 Best Colleges rankings, largely populated by the usual suspects, but not in the same order.
Caralee J. Adams, September 20, 2011
1 min read
Standards News in Brief Michigan Raises Cutoff Scores
The new scoring standard is expect to cause a significant decline in the number of students considered proficient in math, reading, science, and social studies.
The Associated Press, September 20, 2011
1 min read
Equity & Diversity News in Brief D.C. Standardized Test to Cover Sex Education
The District of Columbia public schools are planning to test students on their knowledge of human sexuality, contraception, and drug use next year.
The Associated Press, September 20, 2011
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Chicago Schools Take Cash for Longer Days
Teachers in at least nine Chicago schools have voted to work outside the union contract and extend their instructional day by 90 minutes in exchange for at least $75,000 from the district for their schools.
The Associated Press, September 20, 2011
1 min read
Markets News in Brief Pearson Buys Virtual Schools Company
The textbook publisher Pearson announced that it is acquiring Baltimore-based Connections Education, which operates virtual schools in 21 states and serves about 40,000 students.
Katie Ash, September 20, 2011
1 min read
Standards News in Brief Math Groups Plan to Offer Common-Standards Help
Some of the leading mathematics education organizations have teamed up with the forces behind the common-core standards to help educators make the transition to those standards.
Catherine Gewertz, September 20, 2011
1 min read