achievement gap

16 Race to the Top District Winners Announced

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.

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U.S. Lags in International Education Assessments

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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Reshaping Alabama's Education System

Former Hanceville student Miranda Robertson made good grades and got all the inspiration she needed from her high school experience to eventually return as a teacher’s aide in the Cullman County school system. What she didn’t get? A diploma. Robertson would have graduated in 2005, and though she got to walk and received a certificate of attendance, she still couldn’t technically graduate because she failed one section of a certain standardized test. It didn’t matter that she made As and Bs every year — what she really needed was a passing mark on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

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NAACP Volunteers Pushing for Education Overhaul

The NAACP says it is mobilizing volunteers to lobby at the state and local levels for its biggest push to overhaul public education since the 1954 Supreme Court decision that integrated the nation’s classrooms. The historic civil rights organization unveiled a plan Thursday for salvaging U.S. public education. It advocates having children spend more hours and days in school, extending the number of years devoted to school, improving teacher training and preschool programs, and routing a greater share of school funds to the neediest students.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Project 2020 Turns High School Dropouts into Graduates

Highest Graduation Rates in America Announced

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education this week shows that Texas — along with five other states — ranks fourth in the nation for its four-year high school graduation rates. With an overall rate of 86 percent in the 2010-11 school year, the state follows Iowa, with 88 percent, and Wisconsin and Vermont, both at 87 percent.

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N.Y. Sen. Schumer Asks Board for Tech Diplomas

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the New York Board of Regents to approve two initiatives that he says will improve graduation rates and reduce young adult unemployment.

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Texas School Chief Wants Minority Progress Charted

Texas' new education commissioner Michael Williams said Thursday that he is considering a new system for rating school success and he thinks it should take into account how well districts are closing the achievement gap between Anglo and minority students.

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Detroit No. 2 in Percentage of Charter School Students

A national report released this week shows charter school enrollment continues to grow in Detroit, Michigan and across the nation. The seventh annual report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools shows that Detroit now ranks No. 2 nationally when it comes to the percentage of students enrolled in charter schools.

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Culture, Not Curriculum, May Be Key to High School Reform

Resurrecting a struggling high school is more about changing culture than curriculum, according to Charles Payne, a University of Chicago professor and affiliate of the university's Urban Education Institute.

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