December 5, 2012
Education Week, Vol. 32, Issue 13
Federal Ed. Dept. Analysis Paints Mixed Picture of SIG Program
Two-thirds of schools that tapped into a new infusion of School Improvement Grant cash made first-year math and reading gains, but a third saw achievement drop.
Standards Conservative Group Kills Anti-Common-Core Proposal
After much debate, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, backs off on formal common-core opposition.
Teaching Teacher Collaboration: The Essential Common-Core Ingredient
Helping teachers work together will be essential to the success of the common core, say Vicki Phillips and Robert Hughes.
Education Funding Startups Target Teachers as 'Consumerization' of Education Emerges
Education companies market directly to teachers to influence district purchasing decisions.
Assessment Testing Costs States $1.7 Billion a Year, Study Estimates
Testing costs for the states amount to $65 per student on average nationwide, according to the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy.
• A story in the Oct. 12, 2012, issue of Education Week about arts education in Los Angeles provided an incorrect figure for the number of arts specialists in the district. In addition to employing 204 elementary arts specialists, the district also employs 1,014 arts teachers at the secondary level.
School & District Management Study Finds Housing Aid No Path to Better Education
Researchers say children in the four largest federal housing-aid programs rarely end up with access to better schools.
School Climate & Safety Physical Education
Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, just 38 require schools to provide students with physical education in elementary, middle/junior high, and high school, according to a report released last month by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Heart Association.