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Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
An unprecedented assessment project involving half the states is planning a significant shift: Instead of designing one test for all of them, it will offer a choice of a longer and a shorter version. The pivot came in response to some states' resistance to spending more time and money on testing for the common standards. The plan under discussion…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Consortia, Test Construction, Standardized Tests
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2011
Calls for shared curricula for the common standards have triggered renewed debates about who decides what students learn, and even about varied meanings of the word "curriculum," adding layers of complexity to the job of translating the broad learning goals into classroom teaching. The most recent calls for common curricula came from the American…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Debate
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
Nearly half the states have adopted a new set of common academic standards, barely a month after their final release and, in most cases, with little opposition. As of July 9, 23 states had decided to replace their mathematics and English/language arts standards with the common set. Another flurry of adoptions is expected by Aug. 2, since the $4…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Grants, Incentives
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2009
A Washington research group is raising questions about the wisdom of the U.S. Department of Education's favored strategies for turning around the lowest-performing schools with stimulus funding, saying that its research shows that similar federal approaches to school restructuring have not been effective. The questions raised by the new study were…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2005
In an attempt to respond to confusion about--or resistance to--the tutoring requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance outlining what it expects states and school districts to do in supplying the help to needy children. This nonregulatory guidance clarifies the roles of states and school…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Expectation, State Government, School Districts
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2005
Struggling to jump-start education in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the district school board has decided to reopen its first buildings not as regular public schools, but as charter schools. Indeed, the board's vote followed weeks of high-level talks among officials in the offices of the governor, the state schools superintendent, the state…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, Public Schools, School Districts
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2005
In the shadow of a Manhattan housing project, Public School 33 is coming back to life. A new principal has brought a wave of optimism, test scores are way up, and middle-class families who used to avoid the school are enrolling their children. In Brooklyn, teenagers who might have dropped out of school are getting diplomas through a special…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Tests, Criticism