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McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
In statehouses and cities across the country, battles are raging over the direction of education policy--from the standards that will shape what students learn to how test results will be used to judge a teacher's performance. Students and teachers, in passive resistance, are refusing to take and give standardized tests. Protesters have marched to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Education, State Standards, Academic Standards
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2013
Supporters of the Common Core State Standards are moving to confront increasingly high-profile opposition to the standards at the state and national levels by rallying the private sector and initiating coordinated public relations and advertising campaigns as schools continue implementation. In states such as Michigan and Tennessee, where…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Public Relations, Advertising
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
During the recently concluded presidential nominating conventions, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney offered stark choices on K-12 policy while downplaying areas of agreement between their two parties--and the tensions within each party on education issues. In Charlotte, North Carolina, last week, the Democrats put a…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Finance, Charter Schools, School Choice
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2012
The 12 winners of the federal Race to the Top competition have experienced near-universal challenges in turning their sweeping, multifaceted proposals into reality, among them a limited state capacity to execute fast, dramatic change and deeply rooted teacher-evaluation systems that have proved hard to transform. Reports unveiled by the U.S.…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Audits (Verification), Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators
Education Week, 2012
Nearly every state has signed on to use the Common Core State Standards as a framework for teaching English/language arts and mathematics to students. Translating them for the classroom, however, requires schools, teachers, and students to change the way they approach teaching and learning. This report examines the progress some states have made…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, English Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
One of the most vexing questions about charter schools--when low-performing ones should be shut down--is receiving new attention, amid concerns that lax and inconsistent standards for closing them will undermine the public's confidence in the sector. Over the past few years, a growing number of researchers, policymakers, and charter school backers…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Low Achievement, School Closing, Academic Standards
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
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
The frenetic legislative season now finished or wrapping up in many states has brought big changes to education policy, some forged through bipartisan compromise, others only after hyperpartisan battles. From teacher issues to vouchers, the 2011 state legislative season saw widespread action on education. Republican leaders who swept into office…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Academic Standards, State Legislation, Politics of Education
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
Education Week, 2010
Quality Counts 2010 is the 14th edition of "Education Week's" annual report card on American public education as viewed through the lens of the states' education policies and outcomes. As in the past, this year's edition is built on twin foundations: (1) the detailed data collection and analysis of the Editorial Projects in Education…
Descriptors: National Standards, State Surveys, Public Education, Educational Quality
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2010
As debate continues around the development and adoption of common standards in English and mathematics, several states are independently wrestling with rewrites of standards in a content area largely absent from that national discussion--social studies--and encountering their own shares of controversy. Flash points in the social studies debates…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Social Studies, History Instruction
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2009
Regardless of how voters cast their ballots in the 2010 elections, the nation will witness a sea change in state leadership--and, potentially, big changes in the direction of education policymaking. At least 20 governors will step down as of January 2011, based on those who are facing term limits or have decided to leave voluntarily. In all,…
Descriptors: State Schools, Class Size, Teacher Effectiveness, Elections
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
This article reports that in 1996, Alabama officials approved the "4 x 4" plan, which made their state the first in the country to require students to complete four years, or four credits each, of math and science for high school graduation. Other states have since followed suit, with policymakers arguing that higher standards are…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Credits, Graduation Requirements, Continuous Progress Plan
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
As the most concerted venture to craft common academic standards in more than a decade rolls forward, the process has drawn criticism from those who say too much of the nitty-gritty work is taking place behind closed doors. The organizations leading the effort--the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Documentation, Politics of Education, School Readiness
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2009
If the competition for a slice of $4 billion in federal Race to the Top Fund money were a school class, Colorado would be one of the kids sitting up front, furiously taking notes, and leaping up to answer every one of the teacher's questions. Officials here began plotting their strategy for receiving one of the coveted grants nearly as soon as the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Evaluation, Politics of Education, Teachers
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