Feb. 26, 2014
Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 22
Assessment School Improvement Grant Reanalysis Shows Smaller Gains Than First Reported
A revamped analysis of the Obama administration's controversial and costly School Improvement Grant program continues to show that billions of federal dollars produced mixed results.
Early Childhood States Found to Lag in Linking Data on Early-Childhood Programs
Only Pennsylvania fully links up data between five major early-childhood programs and its own K-12 data system, a new survey finds.
School & District Management State Lawmakers Aim to Rejigger Local School Board Elections
Legislators in some states say that putting school board elections on the same calendar as other local races could boost often-anemic turnout.
Federal New E-Rate Funding Will Take Time to Reach Schools
The pressure on schools to upgrade their technology is growing very fast right now, but they will not see the new E-rate dollars until 2015.
Teacher Preparation Charter Network Taps Alumni to Grow Teacher Pipeline
The charter-management group in Chicago is taking a novel approach to building a corps of highly qualified, and racially diverse, teacher-candidates by recruiting its alumni.
Teacher Preparation ETS Wades Into Market for Teacher-Performance Exams
The test-maker says the goal of its new offering is to serve not only as an assessment, but also as a learning tool for prospective educators.
College & Workforce Readiness Education Fuels Growth of Urban Entrepreneurs, Study Suggests
Entrepreneurial growth in U.S. cities is generated more by high school diplomas and college degrees than by venture capital investments or government funding, says new research.
College & Workforce Readiness College-Entrance Testing
A new study finds "no significant differences" between the college grades and completion rates of students who submit ACT or SAT scores with their college applications and those who do not. A more reliable predictor of academic success, the research concludes, is students' high school grades.
Education Funding Extra School Funds Eaten Up by State Retirement System
When lawmakers in Utah decided to boost per-pupil spending last year by 2 percent, many state residents cheered, envisioning that cash raining on teachers and classrooms.
Education Funding Albuquerque District Audit Finds Apparent Violations
Internal audits at a third of Albuquerque, N.M., public schools have turned up numerous problems, including instances involving thousands of dollars in questionable expenditures and improperly recorded receipts.
College & Workforce Readiness Ala. House OKs Bill Offering Dual-Enrollment Tax Credits
Lawmakers in the Alabama House unanimously approved a bill last week that would provide $5 million in tax credits for individuals or businesses that contribute to dual-enrollment programs.
Assessment Groups Issue Guidelines to Prepare for Online Tests
A group of ed-tech organizations has issued an "assessment ready" checklist, case studies, and responses to frequently asked questions to help districts with the successful administration of new online exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
School Climate & Safety Character-Building Beats Out Economy-Building as Goal
Americans rank "building character" above bolstering the economy when asked to name the most important long-term goals of K-12 education, according to a new poll.
Law & Courts N.J., Disability-Rights Advocates Settle Long-Term Lawsuit
New Jersey has agreed to take several steps to raise the number of students with disabilities served in inclusive classroom settings, as part of a settlement of a lawsuit disability-rights advocates filed.