Testing

1/17/2013

1/17/2013
Like a lot of school districts across the state, Sumner County Schools are ill-prepared for new online assessments students are required to begin taking in the 2014-15 school year, school officials say.

1/16/2013

1/16/2013
Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker and a presumptive candidate for mayor of New York, laid out a vision for improving the city’s schools in a speech on Tuesday in which she emphasized an increased focus on literacy, using accomplished teachers as mentors and extending the school day for many students.

1/14/2013

1/14/2013

From revamped student achievement testing to an employee pay scale study and scrutiny of teacher absenteeism, the division is undergoing a sweeping makeover to improve its schools' success, administrators told the School Board at a retreat Saturday.

1/11/2013

1/11/2013
For a state accustomed to accolades for educational excellence, a D+ grade surely will earn scorn from defenders of the current system. Given what’s at stake, however, we should seize this criticism and take it as an opportunity for some self-reflection.
1/11/2013
Imagine starting a race knowing everyone will get a head start, except for you. Not exactly fair, is it? But for many children, this isn't too far off from reality. That's because there are millions of children living in poverty who are not getting the high-quality early learning opportunities they deserve.
1/11/2013
A few years ago, Bill Gates decided to learn more about whether a teacher's effect on student learning could be measured. Three years, 3,000 teachers and about $50 million later, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks it has the answers.

1/10/2013

1/10/2013
The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced the release of their 2012 Advanced Placement (AP) exam pass rates.

1/9/2013

1/9/2013
Using an online program available through e-centers, the Columbus (Miss.) Municipal School District is graduating more high school students. Read about the one-to-one nature of this program and the wealth of metrics it offers the district.
1/9/2013
PARCC and its Advisory Committee on College Readiness agree on a policy establishing high school math assessments for making students college- and career-ready.
1/9/2013
California is sorely lacking when it comes to school reform, failing to adopt policies to limit teacher tenure and use student test scores in teacher evaluations, according to a rating of states issued Monday by a high-profile education advocacy group.

1/4/2013

1/4/2013

New research from the University of Georgia and Columbia University published in the current issue of Journal of Human Resources suggests that it's because of their classroom behavior, which may lead teachers to assign girls higher grades than their male counterparts.

12/21/2012

12/21/2012
In a reversal, New York City school officials on Wednesday said they would continue their sibling-preference policy for gifted and talented programs that have more eligible students than seats. Amid an explosion in the number of students who qualify for the seats, the city in October said it would end the policy as part of a raft of new changes to the program’s admissions process. School officials at the time said their move would create a fairer system for its highest-performing pupils.

12/14/2012

12/14/2012

The House of Representatives is expected to approve legislation to create a new school report card and accountability system that supporters hope will help improve student learning. “It is fitting that one of the final items we will deal with in this 129th General Assembly deals with legislation that will significantly advance the quality of education in our state,” Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, told colleagues yesterday before the Senate approved its version of House Bill 555 by a vote of 27-6.

12/14/2012

On December 11, 2012, the Education Department announced the 16 winners of the Race to the Top school district grants (RTTD). Sixty-one finalists had been announced recently out of an original 372 districts that turned in applications in November. A total of $400 million was due to go out, and winners ranged from $10 million to $40 million for a period of four years, depending on the population of the given district. The winners included urban and rural districts, small districts and large consortia, and public and charter schools.

12/14/2012

The results for international assessments on math, science, and reading are in: Students from East Asian countries, along with a select group of European countries, outperformed those in the United States, according to the results for the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released Dec. 11.

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