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Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
As states begin to demand more rigor on their high-stakes tests--and the tests evolve to incorporate revised academic standards--many officials are gambling that an initial wave of lower scores will give way to greater student achievement in the future. Changes to statewide tests and subsequent plummeting scores sparked controversy and emergency…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Difficulty Level, Academic Standards, State Standards
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2007
In this article, the author discusses the intensive support given to some of the lowest-performing schools in the Miami-Dade County, Florida. One of these schools is Miami Jackson High School, one of Florida's worst-performing schools. For two of the last three years, it has brought its state grade up from an F to a D. But now the initiative,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Academic Achievement, Educational Change
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2004
This article reports on a student option to earn a high school diploma from a Maine private school. Frustrated in their attempts to pass the state graduation test and receive high school diplomas, some Florida students are securing the prized credentials by a different route: a private school in Lewiston, Maine. For many of those students,…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Haitians, Immigrants, Special Needs Students