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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
Education Week, 2018
A broad range of factors go into weighing how well the nation's schools are living up to their responsibility to ensure that students are on track academically and prepared to take their place in a complex, ever-changing society. This third and final installment of "Quality Counts 2018" digs deeply into test scores, high school…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Scores, High School Graduates
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
Emerging technology and research on learning have the potential to dramatically improve assessments, if educators and policymakers take a more balanced approach to using them. That's the conclusion of two years of analysis by the Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education, a panel of top education research and policy experts that…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Testing, Academic Achievement, Accountability
Education Week, 2013
Schools are working to incorporate more multimedia into classrooms, upgrade online professional development, and do a better job using data to improve student achievement. Even though nearly every school in the country is now connected to the Internet, not all of them have the kind of connections that allow teachers and students to make full use…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Professional Development, Computer Uses in Education, Academic Achievement
Education Week, 2013
This 17th edition of "Education Week's" annual "Quality Counts" report takes aim at an issue freighted with emotional as well as policy implications: the impact of a school's social and disciplinary environment on students' ability to learn and on the teachers and administrators tasked with guiding them. National initiatives to improve schools…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Environment, Discipline Policy, Performance Factors
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
As the common core is brought to life in classrooms this year, some English/language arts teachers are finding themselves caught in a swirl of debate about whether the new standards require them to cut back on prized pieces of the literary canon to make room for nonfiction. A recent spate of news reports has ignited a new wave of anxiety about the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Nonfiction, Guidance, Language Arts
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
Children who enter kindergarten with a small vocabulary don't get taught enough words--particularly, sophisticated academic words--to close the gap, according to the latest in a series of studies by Michigan early-learning experts. The findings suggest many districts could be at a disadvantage in meeting the increased requirements for vocabulary…
Descriptors: State Standards, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary, Emergent Literacy
Maxwell, Lesli A.; Klein, Alyson; Samuels, Christina A.; Casey, Diette Courrege; Shah, Nirvi; Sawchuk, Stephen; Molnar, Michele; Zubrzycki, Jaclyn; Adams, Caralee; Davis, Michelle R.; Sparks, Sarah D.; Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
In an environment of tight resources, tough academic challenges, and increasingly stiff competition from new education providers, smart leadership may matter more than ever for the success of America's school districts. Against this backdrop, "Education Week" introduces the first of what will be an annual "Leaders To Learn…
Descriptors: Superintendents, School Districts, Social Networks, Discipline
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn; Cavanagh, Sean; McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
As the number of charter schools continues to grow, one facet of their autonomy--the ability to set and enforce independent disciplinary standards--has raised difficult questions about whether those schools are pushing out students who pose behavior or academic challenges and how their policies affect regular public schools. Research on the issue…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Discipline, Discipline 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
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
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama is calling for an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program, a step that many education and technology advocates have been urging for years to improve what they see as schools' badly out-of-date technological capabilities. The administration intends to ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider rechanneling…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Presidents, Educational Policy, Public Policy
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
Even with nearly 50 schools shutting down at the end of this month, Chicago education officials have been barreling ahead with plans to groom a large crop of high-performing principals that they say represents the most ambitious effort the city has undertaken to upgrade its school leadership ranks. The goal, said Chicago schools CEO Barbara…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Labor Supply
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2012
With many states crafting assessments based on the common-core standards--and an increasing emphasis on college and career readiness--some are rethinking the kind of tests high school students must pass to graduate, or whether to use such exit exams at all. Twenty-five states, enrolling a total of 34.1 million students, make exit exams a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Graduation Requirements, Exit Examinations, Secondary Education
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
An explosion in the variety and availability of cognitive-enhancing drugs, from prescriptions like Ritalin to commercial drinks like NeuroFuel, raises concerns for scientists and educators alike--not just over the potential for abuse, but also over what educators and researchers consider, and how they approach, normal achievement. Evidence is…
Descriptors: Drug Therapy, Biochemistry, Stimulants, Improvement
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