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Tomassini, Jason – Education Week, 2013
Within the wide expanse of social networking, educators appear to be gravitating to more protected and exclusive spaces. While teachers often use such popular mainstream social networks as Facebook, they are more likely to seek out and return to less-established networks that offer the privacy, peer-to-peer connections, and resource sharing that…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Social Networks, Teacher Attitudes, Preferences
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
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Student feedback, test-score growth calculations, and observations of practice appear to pick up different but complementary information that, combined, can provide a balanced and accurate picture of teacher performance, according to research recently released from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A composite measure on teacher effectiveness…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Outcome Measures, Evaluation Criteria
Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2013
Educational technology companies and entrepreneurs may face the risk of a "tech bubble," similar to the massive boom-and-bust that rocked the technology market in the late 1990s, according to market analysts and a recently released paper. A relatively new focus on K-12 educational technology as an investment vehicle, a surge of investors looking…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Entrepreneurship, Elementary Secondary Education, Influence of Technology
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Data, while imprecise, suggest that some states are producing far more new teachers at the elementary level than will be able to find jobs in their respective states--even as districts struggle to find enough recruits in other certification fields. For some observers, the imbalances reflect a failure of teacher colleges--by far, the largest source…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Schools of Education, Productivity, Teacher Supply and Demand
Adams, Caralee J.; Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
America's high school graduation rate has notably improved, according to figures released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics. The "averaged freshman graduation rate" rose to 78.2 percent of public school students receiving a diploma in 2010, up from 75.5 percent the year before. In 2006, the rate was 73.4 percent, and in…
Descriptors: Graduation, Dropout Rate, Graduation Rate, Gender Differences
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
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
As part of an effort to improve the quality of educational research and make it less balkanized, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) have introduced a common set of evidence standards for federally funded work. The criteria will guide all new research at the IES, the U.S. Department of Education's…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Public Agencies, Federal Government, Standards
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
With the completion of new standards intended to reshape science education, the real heavy lifting now begins. First, states must decide whether to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a coalition of 26 states and several national organizations. Already, though, considerable focus is turning to laying the groundwork for the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Educational Change, Academic Standards
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2013
As school districts strive to put more technology into schools to support 1-to-1 computing initiatives and prepare for the common-core online assessments, the federal E-rate program is in danger of becoming as outdated and insufficient as a sputtering dial-up connection in a Wi-Fi world. While the program can boast great success since its…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Internet, Telecommunications, Access to Computers
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2013
Microsoft's plans to end support for Windows XP, believed to be the dominant computer operating system in K-12 education, could pose big technological and financial challenges for districts nationwide--issues that many school systems have yet to confront. The giant software company has made it clear for years that it plans to stop supporting XP…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education
Education Week, 2013
This special report is the latest installment in an ongoing series about how online education is changing teaching and learning and the development of curricula. It was produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This paper contains the following articles: (1) Changing the Role of K-12…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Walsh, Mark – Education Week, 2013
In late 1987, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White circulated a draft opinion to his colleagues in a case about whether high school journalists had the right to be free of interference from school administrators. His opinion in the case, "Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier," sided with Missouri administrators who some four years…
Descriptors: Student Publications, Court Litigation, Freedom of Speech, Scholastic Journalism
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
Seventh and 8th grade English-learners in selected urban schools will soon dive into some of the most celebrated speeches in U.S. history. They'll dissect, for example, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream," and Robert F. Kennedy's "On the Death of Martin Luther King." Though their…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Language Proficiency, Language Arts, Academic Standards
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan works with other Obama administration officials on policy responses to the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, he brings a personal and professional history that has acquainted him with the impact of gun violence. As schools chief in Chicago from 2001 to 2008, he was affected by the gun deaths…
Descriptors: Weapons, Gun Control, Advocacy, Violence
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