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Education Week, 2018
This 22nd edition of "Quality Counts" offers a fresh take on the annual top-to-bottom ranking of the nation's school systems on a state-by-state basis published by "Education Week". The first of three "Quality Counts" reports being rolled out over the course of the year, "Grading the States" aims to…
Descriptors: Geographic Location, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Kindergarten
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
With common standards in science set to be finalized in March, states will soon face the dilemma of embracing them as their own or going their own way, raising the question of how common the Next Generation Science Standards will ultimately prove to be. The 26 "lead state partners" helping to develop the K-12 standards have agreed to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, State Standards
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
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2013
Districts across the country, including some of the nation's largest, are facing a spate of superintendent vacancies. Schools chiefs or interim superintendents will be leaving this year or next in at least 17 well-known districts, including Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Clark County, Nevada; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Wake County,…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Superintendents
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
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Some of the students at Success Academy are doing International Baccalaureate-level work. Most of the classes have just five or six students. But this Baltimore public high school isn't for elite students. Admission depends on whether students have done something so serious a regular district school won't have them anymore: assaulting classmates…
Descriptors: Discipline Policy, Hispanic American Students, Public Schools, High Schools
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
At the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the painting "El Jaleo"--a canvas spanning 11 feet that features a flamenco dancer--is a popular starting point for getting students to spend time with a work of art. But viewing and discussing the 1882 piece by the American artist John Singer Sargent isn't just a cultural experience. It…
Descriptors: Art Education, Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education)
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
As the number of English learners continues to grow faster than that of any other group in the nation's public schools, concerns are mounting that the distinctive needs of those students and the educators who work with them are receiving diminishing attention from the U.S. Department of Education. Even as the federal government spends roughly $750…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Language Learners, School Demography
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)
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2011
Leaders of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools are optimistic that they can reach a long-term agreement with the Baltimore (Maryland) Teachers Union in a nationally watched dispute over teacher pay for an extended school day, reducing the likelihood that the charter network will carry out its threat to close its two schools in…
Descriptors: Unions, Extended School Day, Teacher Salaries, Collective Bargaining
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
Maryland was one of 11 states, plus the District of Columbia, to win an award through the Race to the Top competition, a $4 billion grant program--backed by the Obama administration and funded by the 2009 economic-stimulus package--that was meant to foster school improvement and innovation. Along with 44 other states and the District of Columbia,…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Public School Teachers, Faculty Development, Academic Standards
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
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2010
With the conclusion of the second round of the federal Race to the Top competition, states across the country--winners and losers alike--are vowing to move forward with ambitious plans to reshape teacher-evaluation systems, fix struggling schools, revamp antiquated data systems, and make other changes aimed at raising student achievement. Yet…
Descriptors: Competition, Academic Achievement, Teacher Evaluation, Educational Change
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2010
As policymakers debate the merits of new tests and intervention strategies to improve student achievement, some districts are exploring a more basic warning sign: Are students even showing up? A growing consensus of research points to chronic absence--defined by the national policy group Attendance Counts as missing 10 percent of school or…
Descriptors: Intervention, Academic Achievement, Attendance Patterns, Attendance
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2010
The deadline pressure states faced in submitting applications in the federal Race to the Top competition is now being felt at the local level, as school districts scurry to craft work plans that show how they will execute ambitious changes in education policy. Eleven states, plus the District of Columbia, have won a combined $4 billion this year…
Descriptors: Competition, Unions, School Districts, Politics of Education
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