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May 2007

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Cover Story

WHEN THE NATIONAL COUNCIL of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) published Curriculum Focal Points for Pre kindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence last September, the document targeted what many feel is a need for fewer, more focused math objectives for school districts through out the United States.

Features

WHEN THE NATIONAL COUNCIL of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) published Curriculum Focal Points for Pre kindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence last September, the document targeted what many feel is a need for fewer, more focused math objectives for school districts through out the United States.

SCHOOL VIOLENCE IS TAKING its toll. So far in the 2006-2007 school year, American school staff and students have suffered 28 school-related violent deaths and 53 nonfatal shooting incidents, according to the National School Safety and Security Services in Cleveland.

EVERY MONTH A NEW PORTABLE MP3 PLAYER IS ON THE MARKET and they're not just for music. Known more as personal media players than music players, their use transcends age, lifestyle and social class, and many people are relying on them more as compact troves of information rather than strictly as toys to rock out to. Educators are aware of this phenomenon and are exploring the devices' potential as teaching tools.

Opinion

Accurate graduation rates are essential measures of high school performance

THIS MAY AND JUNE HIGH school seniors across the country will be walking across the stage to pick up their diplomas. They will then be official high school graduates with their futures in front of them.

Weblogs are becoming essential in school districts across the country

Solutions

AASA Superintendent of the Year

Affordable College for All

KALAMAZOO (MICH.) HIGH School graduates have promise literally. If they attend a state college or university, they are promised free or reduced tuition thanks to anonymous donors who have created a program now inspiring similar efforts across the country.

Helping English language learners (ELLs) succeed and stay in school is a challenge faced by many schools and districts striving to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind act. This challenge becomes acute in secondary schools, where the emphasis shifts from learning basic literacy skills to applying those skills to learn academic content. Students who have not mastered English must perform "double the work of native English speakers," according to a 2007 report published by the Carnegie Corporation.

Briefings

SES Effectiveness Is a Matter of Debate

Two reports recently released on the successfulness of the Supplemental Educational Services options under the No Child Left Behind law-one by the Education Industry Association and the other by the Center on Education Policy-offer differing viewpoints on the effectiveness of the program.

Departments

Burned Out on Homework

"The Homework Myth,"

December 2006