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Zubrzycki, Jaclyn; Cavanagh, Sean; McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
As the number of charter schools continues to grow, one facet of their autonomy--the ability to set and enforce independent disciplinary standards--has raised difficult questions about whether those schools are pushing out students who pose behavior or academic challenges and how their policies affect regular public schools. Research on the issue…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Discipline, Discipline Policy
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
Even though 34 states and the District of Columbia have No Child Left Behind Act waivers in hand, many of them are still negotiating with the U.S. Department of Education over their teacher evaluation systems--a crucial component if they want to keep their newfound flexibility. More than six months after waiver recipients turned in their…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation
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
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
Backers of the common-core academic standards have worked for years to secure the support of a diverse collection of elected officials, academic scholars, and school employees. Now they're ramping up efforts to court a different and potentially critically important audience: parents. A number of national organizations are churning out written and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, State Standards, Video Technology
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2012
As school closures are increasingly used as a remedy to budget woes and a solution to failing schools in many cities, debates are intensifying about their effect on student performance and well-being, on district finances, and on communities and the processes districts use to choose which schools will be shuttered. Student and parent groups in…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Charter Schools, Well Being, Civil Rights
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Given the flexibility to revise their academic goals under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, a vast majority of the states that received federal waivers are setting different expectations for different subgroups of students, an "Education Week" analysis shows. That marks a dramatic shift in policy and philosophy from the original law.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Expectation
Education Week, 2012
When it comes to educational challenges, the nation's 12.1 million Hispanic schoolchildren face plenty: language, poverty, lower-than-average graduation rates for high school and college, and, more recently, a wave of laws targeting illegal immigrants that has made school seem like less of a safe haven for Hispanic students in some states. Yet, as…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Academic Achievement, Cultural Differences, Educational Attainment
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
The latest batch of states seeking relief under the No Child Left Behind Act dodge pitfalls that tripped up the first round of applicants. In the latest round of applications for waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, states have learned lessons from their predecessors and dodged pitfalls that triggered some big revisions from first-round…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, School Districts, Competition
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2011
If big-city districts are looking to close budget gaps, shuttering schools may not be the best strategy. Closing schools does not save very much money in the context of an urban district's budget, and selling or leasing surplus school buildings tends to be difficult because they're often old and in struggling neighborhoods, a recent report from a…
Descriptors: School Closing, Educational Finance, School Districts, Urban Schools
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on a Republican presidential debate which revives the contention over requiring middle school girls to be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer. At the September 12 debate, U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, of Minnesota, and Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, attacked Texas Governor…
Descriptors: Daughters, Immunization Programs, Cancer, Presidents
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2011
Ambitious student-achievement targets turn up the heat, as winners of the $4 billion federal grant effort push to deliver. Winners of the $4 billion Race to the Top jackpot committed to grand goals in using the federal grants to raise student achievement, as measured by higher test scores, narrowed achievement gaps, and increased graduation and…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Academic Achievement, Competition, Incentive Grants
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2011
Two competing pressures--downsized budgets and rising policy interest--have left the future of performance-based teacher compensation uncertain. A dicey fiscal climate and research that has shown limited impact have led some states and districts to scale back, abandon, or change their fledgling merit-pay programs, causing observers to wonder what…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Merit Pay, Educational Finance, Budgeting
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2011
The cheating scandal that has rocked the 48,000-student Atlanta school system was an egregious, but not entirely unexpected, byproduct of accountability pressures, many testing experts say. The reason: As long as test scores are used in any field to make decisions on rewards or punishments, including for schools or educators, a small percentage of…
Descriptors: Cheating, Testing, High Stakes Tests, Accountability
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