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May 2006

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In a recent Web seminar about Data-Driven Decision Making, three experts in the field - Douglas Reeves, CEO and founder of the Center for Performance Assessment; Stephen C. Jones, superintendent of Norfolk (Va.) Public Schools; and Howard Woodard, the chief information officer for the Georgia Department of Education - answered your questions on this topic. Here's a sample of what was covered. (To view the entire presentation, visit

It is a commonly held belief that participation in school sports helps build character. Students can learn everything from teamwork to good sportsmanship from their time on the playing field, the theory goes. A new report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement shows that these assumptions might be correct.

Joseph Brown Sr. applied for the superintendent's position at Grand Meadow (Minn.) School District #495 because the one-campus school building boasts a monolithic dome structure.


When Internet service in a Midwestern school district crashed because of e-mail bombs-huge numbers of duplicate messages blitzed to target addresses to overload systems maliciously-the technology coordinator wanted to alert other districts to the growing potential for such assaults. E-mail bombs, also called "denial-of-service attacks," are easy for anyone to launch, and all schools are vulnerable, he says.


Every few weeks, elementary students in Wilkes County (N.C.) Schools were getting tested on what they read. But the questions weren't all that difficult and students' reading levels weren't as high as administrators hoped they would be.


Tests Reveal American Schools Have Long Way to Go


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