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McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
Even though 34 states and the District of Columbia have No Child Left Behind Act waivers in hand, many of them are still negotiating with the U.S. Department of Education over their teacher evaluation systems--a crucial component if they want to keep their newfound flexibility. More than six months after waiver recipients turned in their…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2013
A group of states has joined forces to arrange the purchase of an unusually comprehensive set of educational-technology devices and services, in a compact that could foreshadow other cooperative efforts by state and local governments attempting to turn the digital-procurement process to their advantage. The initial partners in the multistate…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Purchasing, State Government, School Districts
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
New York is ahead of most states in its work to design detailed curricula and professional development for the common core and to build brand-new tests to reflect them. What's unfolding in the Empire State as a result of that work illustrates the way the common standards can pressure changes in the education landscape, and torque the tensions…
Descriptors: Accountability, Stakeholders, Academic Standards, State 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
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
A patchwork of testing accommodations is used in the nation's public schools to help students with disabilities and those still learning English show their command of academic content, just as their general education peers do. The list of accommodations--providing extra time, allowing the use of dictionaries, and reading test directions aloud, to…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, State Standards, English Language Learners, Accessibility (for Disabled)
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
The final version of standards aimed at reshaping the focus and delivery of science instruction in U.S. schools was publicly unveiled last week, setting the stage for states--many of which helped craft the standards--to take the next step and consider adopting them as their own. More than three years in the making, the Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Academic Standards, State Standards
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2013
School board members are struggling to interpret laws that govern where and how they do business now that as many conversations take place digitally as they do face to face. As online and digital interactions increase, so too does public concern that officials have more opportunities to violate state open-meetings and open-records laws meant to…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Compliance (Legal), Meetings, Electronic Mail
Blair, Julie – Education Week, 2013
Most Texans would rather sell a favorite horse than vote for a tax hike that promises bigger government. Yet San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has not only persuaded his constituents to spend $248 million to pay for an unusual and ambitious preschool program for poor 4-year-olds, but he is also going to open doors in August--a mere nine months after…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Preschool Education, School Buildings, Goal Orientation
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2013
Derek Roguski and Hannah Sadtler came to New Orleans in 2008 through Teach For America. The competitive program provided five weeks' training and helped place them in schools, and both young teachers were eager to learn to teach and help the city's students. But they quickly found that they had more questions than answers about the schools they…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Role, Teaching Experience, Beginning Teachers
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
The National Education Association, on behalf of three affiliates of its Florida chapter and seven teachers, last week filed suit against the Florida education department. They contend that some teachers are being judged against students or subjects they don't teach, in violation of their constitutional rights. The groups seek a federal court…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Evaluation Criteria, Teacher Evaluation
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Every student at Wheeling High School takes a full academic courseload. Many of the graduates of this 2,000-student school in Wheeling, Illinois, however, also emerge with significant experience in a career field. Those interested in health careers, for example, can work with student-athletes in the school's athletic training facility, earn a…
Descriptors: Access to Education, High School Students, Transitional Programs, Developmental Studies Programs
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
Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2013
Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools' technological readiness for the coming common-core online tests. The glitches arose as many districts in the 46 states…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Testing Problems, Reliability, Public Schools
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
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
The big clock in Dowan McNair-Lee's 8th grade classroom in the Stuart-Hobson Middle School is silent, but she can hear the minutes ticking away nonetheless. On this day, like any other, the clock is a constant reminder of how little time she has to prepare her students--for spring tests, and for high school and all that lies beyond it. The…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Urban Schools, School Districts
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