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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
Students may say a teacher's lesson is boring, a researcher says, when frustration is really what they feel. While boredom is a perennial student complaint, emerging research shows it is more than students' not feeling entertained, but rather a "flavor of stress" that can interfere with their ability to learn and even their health. An…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, School Surveys, Stress Management
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
At City Springs and many other schools across the country, restorative practices are about holding students accountable and getting them to right a wrong. The approach is getting more notice than ever as criticism grows of zero-tolerance disciplinary policies that often require out-of-school suspension and expulsion. Educators are turning to…
Descriptors: Suspension, Empathy, Zero Tolerance Policy, Functional Behavioral Assessment
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
Rebora, Anthony – Education Week, 2012
Programs in teacher leadership have emerged as a growing number of teachers look to advance their careers and stay in the classroom. Exactly how many teacher-leadership degree programs exist is difficult to determine since no organization tracks them separately from other master's offerings in educational leadership. But a review of U.S. education…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Online Courses, Instructional Leadership, Career Development
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
As state legislatures go to work this year, one of the overriding questions is whether 2012 will bring a reprise of last year's frenzied work on education--much of it shepherded by newly elected Republican majorities and governors--or whether elected officials will take a more deliberate and cautious approach. Last year, many governors and…
Descriptors: Legislators, State Legislation, Political Attitudes, Context Effect
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
This article reports on national standards about sexuality, sexual health, and relationships that outline topics students should learn, starting in kindergarten, and that they can build on as they grow older. The standards--an initiative by groups concerned with student health and sex education--are intended to mimic content standards for other…
Descriptors: Sex Education, National Standards, Guidelines, Curriculum Development
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
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2012
Educators and experts say students still need to learn penmanship, even in a digital age. Handwriting still has a place in the digital age, its proponents say, and they hoped that what they billed as a "summit" on the subject at a conference would spotlight their case for the enduring value of handwriting in the learning process. The Washington…
Descriptors: Expertise, Handwriting, State Standards, Teaching Methods
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2012
An Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization has crafted a sweeping plan for reworking the 33,000-student Indianapolis school system that would place the district under the control of the city's mayor, pare down the money spent in central administration, and give principals broad authority to hire and fire teachers. The reform plan created by the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Educational Administration, Educational Innovation
Walsh, Mark – Education Week, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment to take up two major appeals involving student free-speech rights on the Internet. One appeal encompassed two cases decided in favor of students last June by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, in Philadelphia. The other appeal stemmed from a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Internet, Freedom of Speech, Information Policy
Ash, Katie – Education Week, 2012
The flow of venture capital into the K-12 education market has exploded over the past year, reaching its highest transaction values in a decade in 2011, industry observers say. They attribute that rise to such factors as a heightened interest in educational technology; the decreasing cost of electronic devices such as tablet computers, laptops,…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Elementary Secondary Education
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
The average scores of graduating teacher-candidates on state-required licensing exams are uniformly higher, often significantly, than the passing scores states set for such exams, according to an "Education Week" analysis of preliminary data from a half-dozen states. The pattern appears across subjects, grade levels, and test instruments supplied…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Difficulty Level, Teacher Competencies
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
Geography may not be particularly known as a hot topic among today's students--even some advocates suggest it suffers from an image problem--but by at least one measure, the subject is starting to come into its own. Across more than 30 topics covered in the Advanced Placement (AP) program, participation in geography is rising faster than any…
Descriptors: English Literature, World History, Advanced Placement, Geography
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
An external panel that includes several prominent critics of teacher education has been tapped to craft the performance standards for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the new organization's leaders announced last week. Among the standards under consideration: how programs ensure that candidates know their content;…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Performance, Standards
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