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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

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.

MAY 2007

International Reading Association (IRA)

May 13-17

Toronto, Ont.

www.ira.org

Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation (AALF)

May 14, Raleigh, N.C.

May 16, Wichita, Kan.

May 18, Chicago, Ill.

www.aalf.org

JUNE 2007

Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)

June 10-13

Washington, D.C.

www.edpress.org

Four years ago, when Larry Leverett was being recruited for superintendent at Greenwich Public Schools in Connecticut, members of the search committee did something he didn't expect. They invited him and his wife to dinner.

Procurement can be complicated and time consuming, as everyone from librarians to teachers to administrators navigate through multiple printed forms, thick product catalogs, numerous vendors, time-sensitive price lists, as well as purchase order requests.

GRIMMEST BOOK OF WORLD SCHOOL-RECORDS

Indianapolis District Streamlines NCLB Tutoring

It's one thing for struggling schools to provide free tutoring services to low-income students under the No Child Left Behind law. Ensuring that students have the resources to take advantage of the opportunities is another matter.

Stretching the Digital Canvas

2008 Education Budget Gives and Takes Away

President Bush's proposed 2008 education budget offers a mixed bag for school districts, increasing Title I money for high schools but cutting funds for vocational education and a technology assistance program.

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