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Mar 2007

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Cover Story

It seems outrageous at first: spend millions of dollars on a high school sports facility instead of academic programs and facilities. Yet many districts are building enormous, extravagant football stadiums and field houses, and it's benefiting students and communities to boot.

Features

Julie Young, president and CEO of Florida Virtual School in Orlando, is all smiles over the latest Advanced Placement test results that show Florida Virtual School has once again outscored both the state and nation, even though it works with many underserved students in the Sunshine State.

Over the last several years, many school districts have been struggling to fill vacant teaching positions not just in quantity but also with quality teachers, especially in math, science, special education and English as a Second Language, areas where teachers are most hard to come by.

Hall Davidson, a director of the Discovery Educator Network, has always known the power of media in academics.

Sane Sex Education

At last, an elementary school sex education program kids can relate to! Information sent in plain wrapper to certified administrators only. Center for Early Yearning

THINK METRIC!

Laminated wall chart, approximately 14 by 22 inches in full color. International Metrication Distributing Company (formerly Novelty Discount Stores)

It seems outrageous at first: spend millions of dollars on a high school sports facility instead of academic programs and facilities. Yet many districts are building enormous, extravagant football stadiums and field houses, and it's benefiting students and communities to boot.

Solutions

Problem: In 2002 Rhode Island's North Kingston High School (NKHS) was rated low performing due to at-risk student scores on the New Standards Reference Exam (NSRE). NKHS failed to meet one of the twenty-one performance criteria required under NCLB.

Solution: The NKHS guidance department data results and a review by the language arts and math departments determined that at-risk students were not receiving access to curricula needed for the NSRE.

An examination of existing research indicates that an increase in classroom thinking may improve student mathematics achievement. The 1999 TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) found cognitive demand to be a key difference between mathematics instruction in the countries posting higher scores. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) explains in its fall 2006 Research Points that two types of cognitive demand are associated with student performance on achievement tests. The first has to do with the number and kind of mathematics courses taken.

Success at a Steady Pace

Port Chester Middle School is no overnight sensation. With deliberate and carefully executed steps over the past eight years, it has become a nationally celebrated model for improving learning among disadvantaged students.

Briefings

The Five-Year Anniversary: Nina Rees Assesses NCLB

Five years have passed since President Bush enacted the No Child Left Behind law, and while progress is being made towards achieving its goals, the jury is still out on how it might be reauthorized and implemented in the coming years.

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