achievement gap

Districts of Distinction: Paving new paths to success

30 school systems honored for innovative programs that improve student achievement

Superintendent shares tale of school district turn-around

State test scores for all student have improved as achievement gap closes

A year later, bluer skies for Fairfax County schools

Superintendent Karen Garza uses collaboration and financial skills to move district forward

Arts energize Mississippi’s core subjects

30 Mississippi schools are blending music, theater, visual art and dance into core subjects

M. Night Shyamalan seeks secret to closing achievement gap

How an ‘outsider’ looked at the big picture in education to see what others don’t

Boston mayoral candidate unveils plan to improve city high schools

Mayoral candidate Martin J. Walsh today announced a plan to bolster large district high schools in Boston, rolling out a policy on his opponent’s marquee issue: education.

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Technology adoption by lower-income populations

About one-third of people making $20,000 or less are not online. This and other results—including internet usage, broadband adoption, and the impact of mobile connectivity among lower-income populations—are discussed in a PowerPoint presentation by Aaron Smith, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project.

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Report: Many of Alabama's higher schoolers not ready for college

A new report from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education shows many college-bound high school graduates are still not prepared for the rigors of university mathematics or English. Of the 23,019 graduates in 2012 who enrolled in Alabama public colleges or universities, 33 percent tested into remedial math and/or English classes, according to the report.

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Our future depends on putting tech education at the core

My courses are demanding. I expect students to read and write daily, to meet online after school for concept and skills reviews, and to practice using skills that will help them in college and career. They view my academy and computer science courses as college-level, and want others to view them that way too. Unfortunately, the courses I teach aren't a part of the core curriculum. Instead, they're seen by many as electives and therefore expendable.

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SAS products improve English language arts test scores in resource-strapped classrooms

With only 24 percent of U.S. eighth-graders writing as well as they should, many educators are looking to online curricula for help. Gayle Mathis, a seventh-grade English teacher at Hickman County Middle School in Tennessee, uses SAS Curriculum Pathways Writing Navigator, which is provided at no cost to educators and students.

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