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McShane, Michael Q. – Education Next, 2014
This article presents a debate over the Common Core State Standards Initiative as it has rocketed to the forefront of education policy discussions around the country. The author contends that there is value in having clear cross state standards that will clarify the new online and blended learning that the growing use of technology has provided…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Policy, Electronic Learning
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
At a time when more high schools are looking to their graduates' college-remediation rates as a clue to how well they prepare students for college and careers, new research findings suggest a significant portion of students who test into remedial classes don't actually need them. Separate studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, and the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, High Schools, Career Readiness
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
Many industries in the United States already have seen positive results and increased productivity from the effective use of technology. With the challenges currently facing the nation's education system--including a persistent dropout rate of nearly 30 percent, slashed state and district budgets, and the economically and socially important goals…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Dropout Rate, Online Courses, Educational Practices
Mayer, Janet Grossbach – Oxford University Press, 2011
Rundown, vermin-infested buildings. Rigid, slow-to-react bureaucratic systems. Children from broken homes and declining communities. How can a teacher succeed? How does a student not only survive but also come to thrive? It can happen, and "As Bad as They Say?" tells the heroic stories of Janet Mayer's students during her 33-year tenure…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Democracy, School Buildings, Public Education
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
This article reports on how Delaware pushes to meet Race to the Top promises. The Delcastle Technical High School teachers are on the front lines of the push to deliver on promises that last year won Delaware, 10 other states, and the District of Columbia shares of the Race to the Top pie, the $4 billion competition that is driving much of the…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Incentive Grants, Federal Programs, State Federal Aid
Massachusetts 2020, 2011
2010 was a pioneering year for Massachusetts public schools. State leaders recognized that while the Commonwealth leads the nation in student achievement on national measures such as NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), more needed to be done to close the persistent achievement gaps between our wealthy and poor students. Combining a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Surveys, Teacher Collaboration
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, 2010
The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) supports the development and implementation of learning and assessment systems to radically reshape the education enterprise in participating States in order to improve student outcomes. SBAC believes that the current "drop from the sky" approaches to educational testing are ineffective…
Descriptors: Educational Testing, Accountability, Educational Change, State Policy