October 2, 2013
Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 06
Equity & Diversity Meals-Eligibility Option May Complicate Data Collection
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "community eligibility" option for federal school meals programs may be generating some data-collection difficulties for federal and state education education programs in participating states.
Equity & Diversity Rollout of School Meals Option Popular, Report Says
A new school-meals-eligibility option is proving popular with high-poverty schools, and is boosting participation in lunch and breakfast programs, two anti-poverty groups find.
Teaching 'Improvement Science' Seen as Emerging Tool in K-12 Sphere
Federal research agencies show increased interest in this field, which brings researchers together with education practitioners to try out new interventions quickly in a variety of environments.
College & Workforce Readiness Latest SAT Results Show No Change in Average Scores
Even so, African-American and Hispanic students posted slight gains on the college-entrance exam, as a record share of students in the class of 2013 who took the SAT were minorities.
Standards Challenges Envisioned for Next-Generation Science Tests
To reflect the Next-Generation Science Standards, new assessments must capture both students' knowledge and their "scientific thinking," said experts and educators at a summit.
Families & the Community Parents Press for Attention to Programs for Gifted Students
From court cases to lobbying to fundraising, parents are pressuring states and districts to boost services for the gifted, whose needs they say often are overlooked—a particular concern for low-income and minority parents.
English-Language Learners English-Language Learners
Just nine states met all of their federal goals for helping English-language learners make progress in learning the language and reaching academic targets in mathematics and reading from 2008 to 2010, a report from the U.S. Department of Education says.
School & District Management Study: State Educators Rely on Predigested Research
Researchers from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education examined how state education agencies find the research that informs their efforts to improve schools.
School Climate & Safety Survey Finds Teens' Outlook on the Future Is Optimistic
While adults think the future for their children is uncertain, teenagers have a more optimistic outlook, according to a new poll.
Law & Courts Kansas Group Aims to Block Use of Science Standards
An anti-evolution group filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block Kansas from using new, multistate science standards in its public schools.
Equity & Diversity Pa. District Officials Resign After Racist Text Messages
A criminal investigation is underway in the Coatesville, Pa., school district after the discovery of racist text messages that were exchanged between the recently resigned superintendent and athletic director.