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McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Before awarding waivers from core tenets of the No Child Left Behind Act to 11 states, the U.S. Department of Education ordered changes to address a significant weakness in most states' proposals: how they would hold schools accountable for groups of students deemed academically at risk, particularly those in special education or learning English.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement, Accountability
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
Education programs across 19 states are piloting a performance-based assessment for teacher-candidates that potentially could serve as a common prelicensing measure for new teachers. Based on a test in use in about 30 education schools in California, the Teacher Performance Assessment includes a "teaching event" requiring teachers to…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Tests, Evaluation Methods
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
Thirteen years ago, Minnesota was a state with no academic standards in mathematics and science and what some observers said was a mixed record in grounding students in crucial academic content, such as number skills and algebra. Since then, the state has set clear guidelines for schools in both subjects, and it also appears to have tuned up what…
Descriptors: State Officials, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Algebra
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2009
At least four large urban school districts plan to spend a significant amount of their federal economic-stimulus money to support or improve programs for English-language learners, a fast-growing group in U.S. schools. The districts--Boston, New York City, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Seattle--have had varying degrees of success serving such students.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Schools of Education, English (Second Language), Legislation
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2006
This article reports the delayed release of information by many states about whether schools and districts have made adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act until after September 8. Among the states that delayed their release of complete information include Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, and Massachusetts. State…
Descriptors: State Officials, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Improvement, Federal Legislation