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Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2016
The 2016 edition of "Education Week's" long-¬≠running "Technology Counts" report combines in-depth reporting and insight from an original national survey to reveal teachers' confidence levels in ed tech, how teachers approach integrating technology into the classroom, and decision-making behind tech products. Contents include:…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Teacher Surveys
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama's announcement last week of a wide-ranging anti-violence plan in response to the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings comes as many districts are adopting new and sometimes dramatic measures--including arming teachers and volunteers--intended to prevent similar tragedies in their own schools. School safety experts warn…
Descriptors: United States History, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, Weapons
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2013
School board members are struggling to interpret laws that govern where and how they do business now that as many conversations take place digitally as they do face to face. As online and digital interactions increase, so too does public concern that officials have more opportunities to violate state open-meetings and open-records laws meant to…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Compliance (Legal), Meetings, Electronic Mail
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
The National Education Association, on behalf of three affiliates of its Florida chapter and seven teachers, last week filed suit against the Florida education department. They contend that some teachers are being judged against students or subjects they don't teach, in violation of their constitutional rights. The groups seek a federal court…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Evaluation Criteria, Teacher Evaluation
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
Should all students take Algebra 2? Florida seemed to say "no" this spring with the passage of a law striking it from graduation requirements. Texas said much the same in legislation Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed this week that also backs away from Algebra 2 for all. Those steps come as the Common Core State Standards for math set…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, State Standards, Experiential Learning, Algebra
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Slowly but surely, a growing number of states are eyeing policies to select academically stronger individuals for their teaching programs as one avenue to improve the quality of new teachers. Underneath the attention such plans are attracting, though, run deep-seated fears about their potential consequences--particularly whether they will result…
Descriptors: Teacher Selection, Minority Group Teachers, Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Effectiveness
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
In Michigan, 98 percent of teachers were rated effective or better under new teacher-evaluation systems recently put in place. In Florida, 97 percent of teachers were deemed effective or better. Principals in Tennessee judged 98 percent of teachers to be "at expectations" or better last school year, while evaluators in Georgia gave good…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluators, Teaching (Occupation)
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
Teachers at Orlando Day Nursery in Florida have always evaluated how well their 4-year-old prekindergartners--most of them poor and African-American--could recognize letters, isolate sounds in words, understand stories read to them, and show other hallmarks of early literacy. Just as important, though, have been the teachers' formal observations…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy, State Government, Standardized Tests
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
Ask Antonio White what he thinks of Race to the Top--President Barack Obama's signature K-12 initiative--and the Florida teacher will tell you the competitive-grant program is a "difficult pill to swallow." Merit pay for teachers based partly on student test scores is "a joke," he says. He's also not a fan of expanding charter…
Descriptors: Presidents, Elementary Secondary Education, Elections, Political Attitudes
Tomassini, Jason – Education Week, 2012
During the first-ever Digital Learning Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chief Julius Genachowski unveiled an ambitious plan earlier this year to get schools to switch from print to digital textbooks by 2017. Dubbed the Digital Textbook Playbook, it's a recommendation for how schools could transform…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Electronic Publishing, Cost Effectiveness, Technology Integration
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
One of the most fundamental questions about charter schools--who should have the power to approve them--has re-emerged in force in a number of states. Florida, Georgia, and New Jersey have been the scene of debates this year over whether state or local authorities should have the final say on allowing charter schools within a particular district's…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Boards of Education, School Districts, State Boards of Education
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
As states begin to demand more rigor on their high-stakes tests--and the tests evolve to incorporate revised academic standards--many officials are gambling that an initial wave of lower scores will give way to greater student achievement in the future. Changes to statewide tests and subsequent plummeting scores sparked controversy and emergency…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Difficulty Level, Academic Standards, State Standards
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
Amid the cacophony of special interests fighting to be heard in statehouses and on Capitol Hill, a cadre of current and former chief state school officers is elbowing its way into the nation's education debate at a time when states are taking more control of K-12 education. A little more than a year old, Chiefs for Change is an invitation-only…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, State School District Relationship, State Departments of Education, State Officials
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
State lawmakers and community activists are making a new push for "parent trigger" laws, measures that let parents vote to convert academically struggling schools to charters or to radically restructure them in other ways. But proponents and critics of the often-controversial, citizen-led efforts are divided on just how profound an…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Parents, Legislation, Voting
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