Some school districts and states appear to be cheating on test scores to meet achievement requirements under the No Child Left Behind law, and legislators will look into it when they consider reauthorization of NCLB this year.
Administrators at Putnam County Elementary School in Eatonton, Ga., are an ambitious group, and they don't want any first-year teachers to fail. In fact, school leaders are providing new teachers with nearly all they need to succeed.
Faced with mounting pressure to improve standardized test scores, school districts across the country are seeking ways to focus intervention efforts on students who have the greatest risk of performing poorly on those high stakes tests. The challenge is how to reliably identify those students.
As the new construction consultant for Jessamine County Schools in Nicholasville, Ky., Pete Royse spent most workdays managing thousands of details involving the building of the Jessamine Career & Technology Center (JCTC), which was scheduled to open in Aug. 2006.