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Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
As the common core is brought to life in classrooms this year, some English/language arts teachers are finding themselves caught in a swirl of debate about whether the new standards require them to cut back on prized pieces of the literary canon to make room for nonfiction. A recent spate of news reports has ignited a new wave of anxiety about the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Nonfiction, Guidance, Language Arts
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
The first round of this year's high-school-match notifications in New York City's massive, district-wide school choice process went out to students this month, sparking celebration, consternation, and a renewal of concerns about unequal access to the city's best schools. The Big Apple's school-matching system is certainly on a New York scale, with…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Choice, Grade 8, Middle School Students
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
Using an article about labor leader Cesar Chavez's grape boycott and hunger strike, students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, D.C., are doing a "close read," a skill prized by the new Common Core State Standards being put into practice in the District of Columbia. As an English/language arts teacher in the common-core era,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, State Standards, Academic Standards, Language Arts
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
Returning from spring vacation, Dowan McNair-Lee's students find their desks in neat rows, facing forward. For the previous seven months, the 8th graders had sat in clusters, facing one another, to facilitate discussion. But janitors used the break to ready the classroom for the year-end tests that are only two weeks away. The new arrangement is…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 8, Teacher Improvement, Student Evaluation
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
New laws in California have set the state on a course for some potentially significant changes to the curriculum, including a measure that revisits the matter of teaching Algebra 1 in 8th grade and another that revamps the state's textbook-adoption process and hands districts greater leeway in choosing instructional materials. The algebra-related…
Descriptors: State Standards, Algebra, State Programs, Grade 8
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
Pondering a math problem while she swings her sneakered feet from a chair, 12-year-old Andrea Guevara is helping researchers design an assessment that will shape the learning of 19 million students. The 8th grader, who came to the United States from Ecuador three years ago, is trying out two ways of providing English-language support on a…
Descriptors: Test Items, Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Protocol Analysis
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
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
Detroit's troubled school system remains in emergency management, its enrollment dwindling and its labor-management relations contentious. Yet in spite of those challenges, a school there is making a bid to innovate with many of the formal structures that have long guided not just teachers' roles, but also how students are organized in classes. At…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Urban Schools, Educational Innovation, Teacher Role
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
The most rigorous experimental study of performance-based teacher compensation ever conducted in the United States shows that a nationally watched bonus-pay system had no overall impact on student achievement--results that are certain to set off a firestorm of debate. The study, known as POINT for the Project on Incentives in Teaching, was a…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Incentives, Teacher Salaries, Academic Achievement
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
Spurred by a succession of reports pointing to the importance of algebra as a gateway to college, educators and policymakers embraced "algebra for all" policies in the 1990s and began working to ensure that students take the subject by 9th grade or earlier. A trickle of studies suggests that in practice, though, getting all students past…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grade 9, Grade 8, Grade 7
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
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
For big urban districts, it can be slippery work to catch and hold students who are falling off track at a point that derails too many graduations: the transition from 8th to 9th grade. This article reports that the Chicago school district is putting a suite of new data reports into the hands of those who teach and counsel its 30,000 freshmen this…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Grade 9, Grade 8, High School Freshmen
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
At a time when many teenagers are consumed by such activities as text-messaging, blogging, and social networking, more middle and high school students than in the past have mastered the formal "basic" writing skills needed to express ideas or share information, national assessment results released last week show. But just small proportions--33…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Grade 8, Writing Skills, Grade 12
Cech, Scott J. – Education Week, 2008
Any educator who's ever had to ask a pupil to fix a computer might be surprised to learn that not all students are technologically proficient--or at least not savvy enough to be considered "technologically literate." While that term has no universal definition, the core idea could be boiled down to this: Technologically literate students not only…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Grade 8, Accountability, Technological Literacy
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