State Standards Are Low and Vary Considerably, New Report Says
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing and reporting education data in the United States and abroad, recently released the findings of a report, "Mapping 2005 State Proficiency Standards onto the NAEP Scales," that speak to the difficulty in comparing No Child Left Behind test score results across states.
With VoIP Technology, Districts Make the Most of Their Phones
Most school districts convert to a Voice Over Internet Protocol system or VoIP-to save costs by routing calls through a data network rather than a phone company's network. But some districts that have already made the conversion don't plan to stop there. Instead, they are looking to add advanced functionalities to make communication even easier.
As one of five finalists last year for the Broad Prize for Urban Education, often called America's Nobel Prize for urban education, the Jersey City Public Schools reached the pinnacle of the nation's best performing school districts.
The Clarkstown Central School District is located in a largely residential middle to upper class community in Rockland County, New York, 25 miles from New York City, and has a population of more than 70,000 residents.
The Secret, a recent movie, promotes the law of attraction, the notion that we attract what we think about. Can district leaders attract great teachers by simply thinking about what their schools would be like if all positions were filled with highly qualified individuals? It might be a good exercise for vision setting, but research suggests that schools need to match recruitment and retention efforts to the characteristics and motivations of teachers and teaching candidates.