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Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
Seventh and 8th grade English-learners in selected urban schools will soon dive into some of the most celebrated speeches in U.S. history. They'll dissect, for example, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream," and Robert F. Kennedy's "On the Death of Martin Luther King." Though their…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Language Proficiency, Language Arts, Academic Standards
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
The big clock in Dowan McNair-Lee's 8th grade classroom in the Stuart-Hobson Middle School is silent, but she can hear the minutes ticking away nonetheless. On this day, like any other, the clock is a constant reminder of how little time she has to prepare her students--for spring tests, and for high school and all that lies beyond it. The…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Urban Schools, School Districts
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
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Learning "how to be a Haut Gap student" is one of the basics at Charleston's Haut Gap Middle School. Along with reading, science, and mathematics classes, every student at Haut Gap Middle School takes a course in how to be a Haut Gap student. For most students, the class is 40 minutes a day for nine weeks. But it can last 18 weeks for…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Feedback (Response), Student Behavior, Middle Schools
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
Results from new state tests in Kentucky--the first in the nation explicitly tied to the Common Core State Standards--show that the share of students scoring "proficient" or better in reading and math dropped by roughly a third or more in both elementary and middle school the first year the tests were given. Kentucky in 2010 was the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Standards, Scoring, Testing Programs
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2011
A national survey finds that, when it comes to sexual harassment in school, many students do not know where to draw the line. Based on the first nationally representative survey in a decade of students in grades 7-12, the study conducted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), found that 48 percent of nearly 2,000 students surveyed…
Descriptors: Sexual Harassment, Sex Stereotypes, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Students
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2011
A new neuroscience twist on a classic psychology study offers some clues to what makes one student able to buckle down for hours of homework before a test while his classmates party. The study published in the September 2011 edition of "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science," suggests environmental cues may "hijack" the brain's mechanisms…
Descriptors: Cues, Delay of Gratification, Brain, Teaching Methods
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a new nationwide study by researchers at Western Michigan University. With 99 charter schools…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Middle Schools, Academic Achievement, Minority Groups
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2011
While policymakers and researchers alike have focused on improving students' transition into high school, a new study of Florida schools suggests the critical transition problem may happen years before, when students enter middle school. The study, part of the Program on Education Policy and Governance Working Papers Series at Harvard University,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Language Arts, Grade 8, Grade 6
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
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
The author reports findings from a federal study of 77 middle schools which suggest that even intensive, state-of-the-art efforts to boost teachers' skills on the job may not lead to significant gains in student achievement right away. The "Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study," which was released in April, is the second…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development
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
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