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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
Maxwell, Lesli A.; Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2011
Following a push to make "the nation's report card" better reflect the academic performance of all children in America's schools, most states boosted the numbers of students with disabilities and English-language learners who participated in the 2011 reading and math tests that are part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Testing, Academic Achievement, Mathematics Tests
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
A national panel urged federal policymakers to "take a more active role" in promoting adolescent reading and writing, and called for nothing short of a "literacy revolution" to keep students in school and ensure they are able to learn the complex material that college and careers will demand of them. The final report of the Carnegie Corporation of…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Standards, Grade 4, Literacy
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
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
Fourth grade math scores stagnated for the first time in two decades on a prominent nationwide test, prompting calls for new efforts to improve teacher content knowledge and stirring discussion of the potential benefits of setting more-uniform academic standards across states. The results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, National Competency Tests, Grade 8
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
The students, from the Academy of the Americas, a public school a few miles from downtown, are being asked to do the painstaking work of science, in an unlikely setting. It's part of a curriculum and professional-development program called BioKIDS, which seeks to build students' skill in complex scientific reasoning. The approach goes well beyond…
Descriptors: Science Education, Thinking Skills, Grade 5, Science Instruction
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
A long-awaited federal study of reading and math software found no significant differences in standardized-test scores between students who used the technology in their classrooms and those who used other methods. The study compared classes overseen by teachers who used the technology-based products with those of other teachers who used different…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2007
Elementary school students have a stronger grasp of U.S. history, and what it means to be a knowledgeable citizen, than they did a few years ago, new test results suggest. Part of the reason they are better informed about history and citizenship, some argue, is that they are better readers. That was the view put forward by U.S. Secretary of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, National Competency Tests, Scores
Hoff, David J.; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
President Bush says that the No Child Left Behind Act is working, pointing to student-achievement results from a single subsection of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and tentative Reading First data. But the evidence available to support his claim is questionable. The data Mr. Bush cited are from just the "long-term…
Descriptors: Test Results, Researchers, Federal Legislation, National Competency Tests
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2007
When lawmakers in Arkansas increased school funding by more than $700 million over the past three years to improve student achievement, they wanted the money to be spent on instructional coaches for teachers, tutors for struggling students, and smaller class sizes in reading, math, and science. However--in what could prove a cautionary tale for…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Salaries, Academic Achievement, Grade 4
Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2006
"Education Week" provides a weekly review of state and federal K-12 education policy news. This special issue of "Education Week" includes the following articles: (1) Below the Surface; (2) School Leaders Seek Innovative Solutions to Improve Student Performance (Steven Dowling); (3) A Decade of Effort (Lynn Olson); (4) A Small Wonder (Debra…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Annual Reports, Educational Policy, Reading Tests
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2006
American Indian students tend to lag behind their white and Asian-American peers on National Assessment of Educational Progress reading and mathematics tests in 4th and 8th grade, but they score higher on average than African-American students, according to a first-of-its-kind federal analysis. The U.S. Department of Education says the May 23…
Descriptors: American Indians, Alaska Natives, African Americans, National Competency Tests
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2005
Students learn more from certified teachers than they do from uncertified teachers, even when the uncredentialed teachers are Teach For America recruits from some of the nation's top colleges, a Stanford University research team concludes from a study of test scores in Houston. Findings from the study, which researchers presented in Montreal on…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Researchers, Teacher Certification, Educational Research
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
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