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Achievement Gains Offset By Stress and Reducing Course Time

FilePoint Classroom

Bachmann Software

www.bachmannsoftware.com

Filepoint Classroom Edition lets students and teachers exchange files wirelessly in a classroom environment. With FilePoint Classroom, you can:

Math Class Difficulty Increases Exponentially in Virginia

How do you teach students who have run out of math courses? That's what educators in Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools have been pondering.

Grading Tests

Harold Dodge has bragging rights when it comes to his Mobile County (Ala.) Public School System students' achievements. But these days, the superintendent is crowing simply because he can access those stats in the first place.

The Education Buyer's Guide To Audio-Visual Systems & Solutions 2006.

Easy reference guide to manufacturers and vendors of A/V solutions for educational institutions.

Featuring categorized listings of companies providing the latest AV-related solutions including manufacturers, consultants and sellers of:

LCD and DLP Projectors.

Large Format Displays

Digital Image Capture Systems

Multi-Media Production Systems

Command and Control Systems

2006 AV Buyers Guide

Marketing guru Guy Kawasaski teaches us not to be concerned when others begin to pervert your innovation. That is evidence that your idea has taken root. It may even produce benefits you never imagined.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I'm referring not to Dr. Manette and Sydney Carton whom Dickens wrote about in A Tale of Two Cities, but instead the state of American high schools.

Problem: Parent-teacher conferences at Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Neb., used to offer flavors of vanilla. The parents arrived on the designated night, and teachers opened their grade books to recite the student's records. It was news to parents but history all the same.

Six in 10 U.S. high schools offer at least one Advanced Placement class, and a growing number of students are signing up. College Board president Gaston Caperton speaks of the AP program as "an anchor for increasing rigor in our schools and reducing the achievement gap." Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings calls it a "critical tool" in raising student achievement.

Teachers College Press

Technology on a Shoestring: A Survival Guide for Educators and Other Professionals

www.tcpress.com, $21.95

Barr Security

BARRicade Visitor Management System

www.barrsecurity.com, Basic System, $5,995;

Additional Software Licenses, $205; Self-serving stand-alone kiosk $9,995

If he were a character in a Perry Mason episode, John Q. Porter would be the protagonist. Pacing methodically across his art-deco office, impeccably dressed in pinstripes-spats, even-his department's assistant Diane Watts would shadow behind, scribing ideas that churn from his brain about his latest dilemma.

Any which way you slice it, the graduation rate among American high school students is just not cutting it, even given the latest report that claims higher rates than what had been reported.

Two separate reports recently released give varied graduation figures: One claims only half of minority students ever make it out of school with a diploma, which has been reported before, while another one says slightly more than seven in 10 minorities get diplomas.

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