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Ash, Katie – Education Week, 2013
Educators and policy observers are keeping a close eye on two controversial experiments in private management of public schools now unfolding in the western Michigan city of Muskegon Heights and in the Detroit-area community of Highland Park. Citing chronic budget woes in the communities' low-performing school districts, Gov. Rick Snyder of…
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Schools, Educational Administration, Privatization
Education Week, 2013
The 2013 edition of "Diplomas Count," entitled "Second Chances: Turning Dropouts into Graduates," examines dropout recovery and innovative strategies for returning to the educational fold the 1 million students who leave school without a diploma each year. "Education Week's" journalists investigate interventions that…
Descriptors: Dropouts, High School Graduates, Dropout Rate, Intervention
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on a national study of middle school students in 40 charter networks which finds that, when it comes to having an impact on student achievement, results vary and, overall, charter students do not learn dramatically more than their counterparts in regular public schools. The findings from the research group Mathematica and the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Academic Achievement, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Education
Education Week, 2011
This paper presents 2011 edition of "Diplomas Count" which explores career-related study pathways for students that lie in the space between a high school diploma and a four-year degree-options such as community college, "early college," or high school career training that leads to occupational certification. It looks as well at what high schools…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Postsecondary Education, Post High School Guidance, Career Guidance
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2011
The author reports the results of a nationwide survey of school board members which show a shift in focus toward student achievement and away from district-management issues known as the "killer B's": buses, buildings, books, budgets, and bonds. But today's school board members appear not to be as interested in issues that many policy observers…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Organizational Change, Change Strategies, National Surveys
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2011
As Congress debates how to structure the next iteration of federal school accountability, a new national study has raised serious concerns about the effectiveness of test-based incentives to improve education. A blue-ribbon committee of the National Academies' National Research Council undertook a nearly decade-long study of test-based incentive…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Incentives, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
Stubbornly high college remediation rates have revealed a painful equation: High school completion does not equal college readiness. That disconnection has prompted national leaders to focus like never before on figuring out how to ensure that high school graduates are truly ready to succeed in college. In that quest, a California program is often…
Descriptors: College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Readiness, Alignment (Education)
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
The author reports findings from a federal study of 77 middle schools which suggest that even intensive, state-of-the-art efforts to boost teachers' skills on the job may not lead to significant gains in student achievement right away. The "Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study," which was released in April, is the second…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
The author reports the finding of a study released by the National Research Council, which is an arm of the National Academies, a scientific body created to advise the federal government on scientific matters. After six years of study, a national panel of prominent scholars has concluded that teachers from alternative programs appear no worse--or…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Field Experience Programs
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2010
Just as it has every June since 2006, the U.S. Department of Education last month delivered a rating to each state and territory based on the performance of its special education programs. The ratings, intended to fulfill the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act's requirement that "measurable" and "rigorous" targets be…
Descriptors: Special Education, National Standards, School Statistics, Benchmarking
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
The author reports the results of a study on the effectiveness of the Teacher Advancement Program in Chicago that contains performance-pay model pushed by the U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan. The study by Mathematica Policy Research finds that student test scores were no better for schools following the national Teacher Advancement Program…
Descriptors: Teacher Promotion, Teacher Persistence, Reading Tests, Academic Achievement
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
A long-awaited federal study of reading and math software found no significant differences in standardized-test scores between students who used the technology in their classrooms and those who used other methods. The study compared classes overseen by teachers who used the technology-based products with those of other teachers who used different…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
Computer software that shows students visual models of mathematical concepts--and lets them manipulate those models by doing math--has a certain intuitive appeal. Now, recent research on SimCalc Mathworlds, one of the pioneering examples of such software, is providing some of the best evidence so far that the approach can lead to gains in student…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Objectives, Computer Software, Mathematical Concepts
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
A new report concludes that, judging by most indicators of well-being, life has improved over the past 10 years for the nation's children--except when it comes to their education and health. According to the Foundation for Child Development's "2006 Child Well-Being Index" released last week, children's educational achievement levels largely…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Child Development, Academic Achievement, Health
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
When education researchers want to measure the collective poverty level in a school, they typically use the same yardstick: the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced rate meals under the federal school lunch program. But dissatisfaction with that indicator is prompting some researchers to cast about for better ways to gauge the…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Lunch Programs, School Choice, Poverty
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