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Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
While "personalization" has become a buzzword in education, it can be hard to determine what really makes a subject relevant to individual children in the classroom. An ongoing series of studies at Southern Methodist University suggests learning students' interests upfront and incorporating them into lessons can get struggling students to try…
Descriptors: State Standards, Individualized Instruction, Relevance (Education), Algebra
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
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
Ash, Katie – Education Week, 2009
To build on classroom experiments and lectures, Daniel Sweeney has his 9th grade earth science students act out scientific concepts on a 15-by-15-foot mat on the floor of the room. Object-tracking cameras mounted on scaffolding around the space collect data based on the students' movements while immersing them in the experience through a video…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Earth Science, Scientific Concepts, Grade 9
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
A popular humorist and avowed mathphobe once declared that in real life, there's no such thing as algebra. Kathie Wilson knows better. Most of the students in her 8th grade class will be thrust into algebra, the definitive course that heralds the beginning of high school mathematics, next school year. The problem: Many of them are about three…
Descriptors: High Schools, Middle Schools, Textbooks, Graduation Requirements
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
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2007
Bitter experience has shown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that if students are going to leave school, they are most likely to do it between the 8th and 9th grades. To combat that problem, the school district has launched a full-on campaign to get its rising freshmen into high school and keep them there. Two weeks before school opened, the district…
Descriptors: Grade 9, School Activities, High School Freshmen, Recreational Activities
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
Classmates at Reservoir High School sometimes call Dalyn Jones and Anthea Fields the "Katrina chicks." Left homeless by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, both teenagers migrated from the New Orleans area to Maryland in September of 2006. They met for the first time here when they showed up on the same day to register for 9th…
Descriptors: High School Students, Refugees, Personal Narratives, Natural Disasters
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2006
A new Georgia program aims to give every high school a full-time educator dedicated to dropout prevention. This program is part of Georgia's highly visible new attempt to increase the state's graduation rate. Rather than giving school counselors or administrators one more task, Gov. Sonny Perdue's goal for the program, which was approved by the…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Graduation, Dropouts, Prevention
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2006
This article discusses an instructional development system called "holistic" approach, a strategy to improve high school education in Chicago. The initiative includes new curriculum materials, aligned to district standards, as well as assessments and ongoing teacher coaching and training that are designed for the curriculum. The design…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Instructional Development, Holistic Approach, Educational Change
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2005
The question of whether "intelligent design" amounts to legitimate science, pseudo-science, or religion masquerading as science has underwent a potentially historic legal test, as a federal court in Pennsylvania considered whether a public school district can require that students be exposed to the controversial concept. Eleven parents…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Board of Education Policy, Science Curriculum, Court Litigation
Gehring, John – Education Week, 2004
An increasing number of urban districts are scrapping traditional high school grade structures, changing their retention policies, and devising more flexible routes toward graduation to address high dropout rates. Educators in Baltimore, Boston, Houston and Rochester, New York say they are particularly focused on the 9th grade, a year when many…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Dropouts, Credits, Urban Schools