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Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
A group of states that is designing tests for the common academic standards has taken a key step to ensure that the assessments reflect students' readiness for college-level work: It gave top higher education officials from member states voting power on test-design questions that are closest to the heart of the college-readiness question. At its…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Advisory Committees, Voting, College Preparation
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
Brittany Rollins is hanging out a lot at the local animal shelter this year. Delving into the issue of pet euthanasia and writing about it will help her earn English/language arts credits toward graduation. The 17-year-old senior at Newfound Regional High School, in the rural central New Hampshire town of Bristol, is part of one of the most…
Descriptors: Competence, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Level, Nontraditional Education
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
Instructors of entry-level college courses consider the common standards in mathematics and English/language arts good reflections of the skills students must master to be successful in courses in a range of disciplines, according to a survey released last week. The study, "Reaching the Goal," aims to verify a key premise of the academic standards…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Preparation, College Readiness, College Faculty
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
A new report proposes academic pathways that would lead some students toward careers rather than college, and that is raising fears among advocates for the disadvantaged. Leaders of the "Pathways to Prosperity" project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education argue for an education system that clearly articulates students' career options as…
Descriptors: Noncollege Bound Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Career Choice, Career Development
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
The General Educational Development program, or GED, is undergoing the biggest revamping in its 69-year history, driven by mounting recognition that young adults' future success depends on getting more than a high-school-level education. Potent forces have converged to stoke the GED's redesign. A labor market that increasingly seeks some…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Education Work Relationship, High School Equivalency Programs, Developmental Studies Programs
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
Stubbornly high college remediation rates have revealed a painful equation: High school completion does not equal college readiness. That disconnection has prompted national leaders to focus like never before on figuring out how to ensure that high school graduates are truly ready to succeed in college. In that quest, a California program is often…
Descriptors: College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Readiness, Alignment (Education)
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
The author reports a federal competition that has opened for $350 million in federal money to design new ways of assessing what students learn. Rules for the contest make clear that the government wants to leave behind multiple-choice testing more often in favor of essays, multidisciplinary projects, and other more nuanced measures of achievement.…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Finance, Grants, Competition
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
A draft of grade-by-grade common standards is undergoing significant revisions in response to feedback that the outline of what students should master is confusing and insufficiently user-friendly. Writing groups convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) are at work on what they say…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), High Schools, Literacy, Elementary Secondary Education
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
In the first wave of funding under a revitalized high school graduation initiative, the U.S. Department of Education is betting nearly $50 million that it can help states and school districts find better ways to hang onto students who might drop out and bring back those who have disappeared without diplomas. Twenty-nine states and districts won…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Dropout Prevention, Grants
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
The latest administration of the assessment provides state-by-state results for 12th graders for the first time. Twelfth graders' reading and mathematics scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have improved only modestly in the past four years, according to results from the latest administration, prompting renewed recognition…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, National Competency Tests, Grade 12
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
This article features Buckhorn High School in New Market, Alabama, where teachers weave literacy instruction across all content areas--with great results. Literacy is shot through everything at this 1,350-student school. It has been an obsession for a decade, ever since school leaders tested their students and found that one-third of entering…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Literacy, Reading Improvement, Reading Strategies
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
A national panel urged federal policymakers to "take a more active role" in promoting adolescent reading and writing, and called for nothing short of a "literacy revolution" to keep students in school and ensure they are able to learn the complex material that college and careers will demand of them. The final report of the Carnegie Corporation of…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Standards, Grade 4, Literacy
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
When Superintendent Anthony Amato arrived in Stockton, California's 38,000-student district, he knew that three of its four comprehensive high schools had been labeled "dropout factories." Mr. Amato, who has led the Hartford, Connecticut, Kansas City, Missouri, and New Orleans districts, studied Stockton's data to form his plan. Then he…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Activities, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
A lot of hope is riding on a little document in the big state of Texas. Educators and policymakers who have long agonized over how the Lone Star State's low college-going rate and its high remediation rate are charting a course they hope will lead to better outcomes. This article discusses the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards as a key…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Readiness, State Standards, Secondary Education
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
As concern over teenagers' reading and writing skills mounts, an Alabama high school shows how to teach literacy in every subject. When Buckhorn joined the reading initiative, its teachers and top administrators attended the state's two-week summer workshop, and were inspired by its vision of literacy instruction across the content areas. But they…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Writing Instruction
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