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Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
As increasing numbers of states move to end social promotion of 3rd graders, some are also including interventions to help students learn to read. Oklahoma is one of several states that recently adopted new reading policies that--with limited exceptions--call for 3rd graders to be held back if they flunk a state standardized test. Supporters say…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Social Promotion, Educational Practices, Educational Trends
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
If it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, middle-class children are more likely than their lower-income peers to grow up learning how to make the gears of the education system turn smoothly. Working-class parents, meanwhile, tend to raise their children to avoid conflict and be self-sufficient in problem-solving, an Indiana University…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes, White Students, Advocacy
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
In a bid to help more students read proficiently in 3rd grade--a skill considered critical to their future educational success--new laws and initiatives springing up around the country require educators to step up their efforts to identify and help struggling readers even before they enter kindergarten. It's not unusual for states or school…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Primary Education, Preschool Education, Grade 3
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
This article reports on the common academic standards proposed for state adoption which outline what students must master by graduation in order to flourish in college or good jobs. Defining how they reach those goals, however, means spelling out what they must learn at each step of the way, starting in kindergarten. And those expectations are…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Primary Education, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2009
Through order and English immersion, a network of charter schools strives to turn Latino students into informed citizens and leaders inside and outside the community. Chicago-based United Neighborhood Organization, or UNO, is a Latino advocacy group with a history of community organizing. The group recently received a $98 million grant from the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Grants, Hispanic Americans, Advocacy
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
This article reports that two programs for teaching mathematics in the early grades--Math Expressions and Saxon Math--emerged as winners in early findings released last week from a large-scale federal experiment that pits four popular, and philosophically distinct, math curricula against one another. But the results don't promise to end the…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
Schools taking part in the federal Reading First program are showing significant progress in boosting students' reading fluency and comprehension, according to state-reported data compiled and released by the U.S. Department of Education last week. In releasing for the first time detailed, multiyear data on how Reading First schools are performing…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Test Results, Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2005
In a demographic shift that is ahead of the state as a whole, but representative of many small towns in the region, Hispanics make up nearly 27 percent of the enrollment in the 800-student Hennessey school district, up from 18.2 percent in the 2000-2001 school year. In response to those changes, the district has adjusted how it teaches…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Immersion Programs, Bilingual Students, Limited English Speaking
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2005
Just a few years ago, a set of tests known as "dibbles" would have elicited little more than a chuckle from educators or anyone else. Today, they're taking it seriously, because the acronym DIBELS has come to symbolize the standard for early-literacy assessment throughout much of the country. Teachers in Reading First schools in more…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Fluency, Emergent Literacy, Instructional Effectiveness
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2004
The first in a series of long-awaited studies indicates that nationally certified teachers are more effective at raising their students' reading and math scores than are teachers who apply for the credential but do not receive it. Although critics have questioned the expenditure of state and district money on National Board for Professional…
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, National Standards, Teacher Certification, Portfolio Assessment
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2004
A study released last fall by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, showed that, contrary to what many observers suspected, the amount of time spent on homework has not increased for children in the upper-middle grades. But it has jumped significantly for 6-to 8-years-olds, which would include…
Descriptors: Homework, Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Student Attitudes