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Edwards, Virginia B., Ed. – Education Week, 2015
This 19th annual edition of "Quality Counts" takes a broad look at the issues and forces shaping the discussion around early-childhood education. It examines how new academic demands and the push for accountability are changing the nature of early-childhood education for school administrators, teachers, and children alike. Reporters…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Kindergarten, Primary Education
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
New York is ahead of most states in its work to design detailed curricula and professional development for the common core and to build brand-new tests to reflect them. What's unfolding in the Empire State as a result of that work illustrates the way the common standards can pressure changes in the education landscape, and torque the tensions…
Descriptors: Accountability, Stakeholders, Academic Standards, State Policy
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
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
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
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
As thousands of communities--especially in the South--became booming gateways for immigrant families during the 1990s and the early years of the new century, public schools struggled with the unfamiliar task of serving the large numbers of English-learners arriving in their classrooms. Instructional programs were built from scratch. Districts had…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Public Schools, Enrollment
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
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
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
The International Baccalaureate (IB) organization, best known in the United States for its prestigious two-year diploma program for juniors and seniors, will enter new terrain this fall as it formally rolls out an initiative centered on a variety of career pathways that includes engineering, culinary arts, and automotive technology. The move comes…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Pilot Projects, Vocational Education, High Schools
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2012
A Bangladeshi girl who spends her out-of-school time translating documents for her parents' immigration hearings. A group of Chinese high school boys whose teachers can't figure out why they're so disengaged. A Vietnamese boy who speaks almost no English and is the only Asian student at his low-performing school. A Korean-American girl at the top…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Student Rights, Minority Groups, Asian American Students
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2012
For Lynch View Elementary, a K-5 school in suburban Portland, the school day doesn't end when the bell rings at 2:22 p.m. As one of 64 "community schools" in Multnomah County, the school also provides homework assistance, academic enrichment, free breakfast and dinner for students, a weekly food pantry, a host site for local medical…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Nonprofit Organizations, Community Organizations, Enrichment
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
As the movement to overhaul teacher evaluation marches onward, an emerging question is splitting the swath of advocates who support the new tools used to gauge teacher performance: Who should get access to the resulting information? Supporters of typing teacher evaluations to student performance differ over whether individuals' results should be…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Access to Information, Disclosure, Legal Responsibility
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2012
Digital technology is providing a growing variety of methods for school leaders to connect with parents anywhere, anytime--a tactic mirroring how technology is used to engage students. Through Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and text messages sent in multiple languages, school staff members are giving parents instant updates, news, and information…
Descriptors: School Districts, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Parent School Relationship
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
David Weiss, the superintendent in Long Beach, N.Y., wrestled with a slew of considerations last week as he weighed when to restart school, nine days after Hurricane Sandy wrecked his community. Just one of seven buildings had most of the essentials: electricity, heat, working fire alarms, sewage, and food. And, with many students and staff…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Leadership Responsibility, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Responsibility
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
On an Election Day filled with dozens of state races and ballot measures with big implications for the nation's public schools, state teachers' unions and charter school champions had plenty to cheer in the aftermath, even as tax measures that would help pay for schools suffered setbacks in some places. Union efforts were instrumental in…
Descriptors: Elections, Federal Government, State Government, Unions
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