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Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama is calling for an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program, a step that many education and technology advocates have been urging for years to improve what they see as schools' badly out-of-date technological capabilities. The administration intends to ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider rechanneling…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Presidents, Educational Policy, Public Policy
Robelen, Erik W.; Sparks, Sarah D.; Cavanagh, Sean; Ash, Katie; Deily, Mary-Ellen Phelps; Adams, Caralee – Education Week, 2011
As concern mounts that U.S. students lack sufficient understanding of science and related fields, it has become increasingly clear that schools can't tackle the challenge alone. This special report explores the field often called "informal science education," which is gaining broader recognition for its role in helping young people…
Descriptors: Museums, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Achievement
Cavanagh, Sean; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
Almost every time the results of an international test of student achievement are released to the world, the reaction among the American public and policymakers is like that of a parent whose child just brought home a disappointing report card. Elected officials and academic experts question where U.S. students fell short: Was it their curriculum,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Scores, Foreign Countries, Comparative Education
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy; Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
The miles that separate Ohio from Singapore and other countries rapidly developing into economic and education success stories have all but evaporated over the past decade for policymakers and educators trying to solve the complicated school improvement puzzle. Hard-hit by global economic pressures that have closed companies and sent thousands of…
Descriptors: State Schools, High Achievement, Academic Achievement, Educational Change
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2007
Not only did many industrialized countries outperform the United States in science on a recent international exam, but American students' academic achievement was also more likely to be affected by their wealth or poverty and family background than was their peers' in higher-scoring nations. That was one of several sobering findings for the United…
Descriptors: Test Results, Poverty, Family Characteristics, Academic Achievement
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2006
School systems that track students into certain classes and academic programs based on ability end up worsening disparities between high and low performers, according to a far-ranging report that offers recommendations for improving education across Europe. The study, commissioned by a branch of the European Union (EU), also found that bilingual…
Descriptors: Reports, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Track System (Education)
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2006
This article focuses on the specialized academies in math and science, aimed at serving students for whom even a rigorous high school lineup of college-preparatory and honors courses is not enough. Math and science academies have been a fixture in states and school districts for decades, but they are drawing renewed interest as educators and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Science Education, State Schools, High Schools
Cavanagh, Sean; Greifner, Laura – Education Week, 2006
Thousands of students nationwide marched in the streets or rallied in public parks, at state capitols, and in other locations in response to the legislation pending in Congress that would significantly tighten enforcement of immigration laws. Some of the largest demonstrations were in California and Texas, but students have also rallied in…
Descriptors: Immigration, Immigrants, Civil Disobedience, Federal Legislation
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2005
The task seemed straightforward enough: Students taking part in a recent international test were asked to review drawings of five triangles with varying angles and midpoints. Then those teenagers were to read over a paragraph describing the characteristics of a particular triangle and, finally, choose the triangle that fit the description. Of the…
Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Grade 8, Minority Groups, Foreign Students