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Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2013
Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools' technological readiness for the coming common-core online tests. The glitches arose as many districts in the 46 states…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Testing Problems, Reliability, Public Schools
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
Well before the Next Generation Science Standards became final last month, teachers in pockets around the country were already exploring the vision for science education espoused by the document and bringing elements of that approach to the classroom. The new standards call for bringing greater depth to K-12 students' understanding of the subject…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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
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
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
Before awarding waivers from core tenets of the No Child Left Behind Act to 11 states, the U.S. Department of Education ordered changes to address a significant weakness in most states' proposals: how they would hold schools accountable for groups of students deemed academically at risk, particularly those in special education or learning English.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement, Accountability
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
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
The common standards are not just for public schools. With all but four states having adopted them since 2010, districts have little choice but to implement the Common Core State Standards. But many private schools are also making the transition. Many Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and other private schools have adopted at least portions of the…
Descriptors: Private Education, Private Schools, Christianity, Adoption (Ideas)
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
Where their teacher-quality proposals are concerned, the fates of the 11 states that have bid for waivers of core principles of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act appear to depend largely on how the peer reviewers--and, ultimately, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--interpret their applications. The U.S. Department of Education's criteria…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Politics of Education
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
State lawmakers voted in 2009 to completely revamp Kentucky's education accountability system. That means new academic standards, new assessments, and a new baseline for student achievement--a tall order for a school that's already under enormous pressure to demonstrate gains. This article reports on how a Kentucky high school takes stock after…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Academic Standards, Educational Change, Accountability
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
Over the past two decades or so, a majority of states have implemented policies that link teenagers' driver's licenses to school attendance, academic performance, or behavior, but those requirements are not backed by solid research evidence. Experts trace the start of the trend to 1988, when West Virginia enacted a law linking driving privileges…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Adolescents, Attendance, Academic Achievement
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2011
A report from a progressive think tank measuring the "educational productivity" of more than 9,000 school districts around the country says that districts getting the most for their money tend to spend more on teachers and less on administration, partner with their communities to save money, and have school boards willing to make…
Descriptors: School Districts, Efficiency, Productivity, Educational Finance
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
The test scores aren't in yet, but by almost every other measure that matters--school climate, instructional strategies, staff satisfaction--the former Shawnee High School isn't the same place it was just a year ago. More than half the teachers are new to the persistently low-performing school. Those who remain say they no longer feel that their…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Finance, Federal Aid
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2010
A few weeks before a new team of teachers was to report to the former Shawnee High School in Louisville, Kentucky, Principal Keith Look discovered the master schedule for the 2010-11 school year to be in total disarray. More than 100 Shawnee students--all of them juniors and seniors--had been enrolled in classes with no connection to the credits…
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Achievement, School Schedules, Student Records
Aarons, Dakarai I. – Education Week, 2010
Students are adjusting to higher expectations this year as a struggling West Louisville high school works to change course. Teachers at the West Louisville high school, now named The Academy @ Shawnee, have a daunting task: reversing the fortunes of one of Kentucky's lowest-performing schools. The school is one of 10 identified last spring as the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Effective Schools Research
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2010
Keith Look, Shawnee High School principal, must steer his 82-year-old high school on the far west side of Louisville, Kentucky, through an aggressive, federally mandated effort to reverse a decades-long decline in student achievement that has given Shawnee the label of one of Kentucky's worst schools. He is one soldier in an army of principals…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Educational Change
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