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Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2007
Coshocton district in Ohio takes part in an unusual experiment that pays students who pass or scores high in the state exams. Pupils here in grades 3 through 6 earn $15 for every "proficient" score and $20 for "accelerated" or "advanced" scores. With annual tests given in five subjects, students can earn up to $100 if…
Descriptors: Experiments, Federal Legislation, Rewards, Motivation
Cavanagh, Sean; Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2006
This article focuses on the reports produced by the National Center for Education Statistics which rely too much on subjective judgments. The two studies--which used data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress that were adjusted for student and school differences--reported generally favorable academic results for regular public…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, School Statistics, Educational Research, Research Reports
Keller, Bess – Education Week, 2006
A former teacher with a message on educating children from poor backgrounds is influencing school leaders anxious to close the achievement gap. Ruby K. Payne is in demand for keynote speeches and seminars at annual conferences like the one hosted by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. A million copies…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Socioeconomic Status, Social Class, Poverty
Samuels, Christina, A. – Education Week, 2006
A proposed federal regulation on testing students with disabilities provides details on the flexibility available to states and schools for meeting the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. While state education officials have generally welcomed the flexibility, representatives from advocacy groups for people with disabilities say they are…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Testing Accommodations, Special Needs Students
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
Classmates at Reservoir High School sometimes call Dalyn Jones and Anthea Fields the "Katrina chicks." Left homeless by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, both teenagers migrated from the New Orleans area to Maryland in September of 2006. They met for the first time here when they showed up on the same day to register for 9th…
Descriptors: High School Students, Refugees, Personal Narratives, Natural Disasters
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
Nearly four months after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to their hometown, Jonathan and Shelley Midura are packing up the family's van and heading back from this Washington suburb to New Orleans. They just have to figure out where their three children will go to school. In this article the family shares their thoughts and feelings on changing…
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Refugees, Personal Narratives, Student Adjustment
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
Experts have long suggested that re-establishing routines, particularly school routines, can be therapeutic for children who have experienced upheaval in their home lives. This article briefly describes an 8th grader's experience with this, after losing her home to Hurricane Katrina and having her life moved to suburban Washington.
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Middle School Students, Refugees, Personal Narratives
Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2006
"Education Week" Staff Writer Michelle R. Davis sat down with Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, on January 9, 2006, in the secretary's office at the U.S. Department of Education. This article contains excerpts from that interview. Secretary Spellings notes that being a parent of school-age children has given her an unusual…
Descriptors: Public Officials, Federal Government, Interviews, Federal Legislation
Jacobson, Linda – Education Week, 2006
The New York state attorney general's office is close to announcing a settlement with the 525,000-member New York State United Teachers over a relationship between the union and ING Group, a large financial-services company based in the Netherlands. In that arrangement, the union's Member Benefits division--a separate trust that provides…
Descriptors: Unions, Corporations, Financial Services, Money Management
Keller, Bess – Education Week, 2006
The possibility that the No Child Left Behind Act could trump provisions of collective bargaining agreements with teachers has hung in the air as an open question since before the measure became law in 2002. But it should not anymore, says a report released last week asserting that the teachers' contracts have the winning hand. The debate began as…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Collective Bargaining, School Districts, Unions
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2005
Only two of the most popular school improvement models for elementary schools have "moderately strong" evidence to show that they work, according to a consumer-style guide released last week by a Washington-based research group. The federally financed report by the American Institutes for Research rates 22 of the most widely used…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Models
Borja, Rhea R. – Education Week, 2005
A growing number of K-12 educators are using Web logs, or "blogs" for short, to foster better writing, reading, communication, and other academic skills. Such Web sites, often open to the public, double as chronological journals and can include Web links and photographs as well as audio and video elements. Opinions on the use of blogs are shared…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Web Sites, Internet, Journal Writing
Olson, Lynn; Hoff, David J. – Education Week, 2005
Following months of pressure from states and education groups, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has announced a pilot program that will let some states use what are known as growth models to evaluate the success of schools and districts under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Growth models track the progress of youngsters over…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2005
With the federal No Child Left Behind Act underscoring the wide variation in what states demand of their students, people on both sides of the political aisle are again making the case for national standards, curricula, and tests. It wasn't so long ago--during the Clinton and George H.W. Bush administrations--that similar proposals went down in…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, National Standards, Academic Standards, Politics of Education
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2005
The real-world experiments conducted by South Carroll students in the rapidly growing suburb west of Baltimore are intended to teach scientific principles while also dispensing significant life lessons about the environment and nature's delicate balance. Such moral and ethical principles often go hand in hand with academic content, educators say.…
Descriptors: Values Education, Social Responsibility, Ethical Instruction, High Schools
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