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2010-01-05 09:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education and one of the nation's leading experts on the competitiveness of the country's workforce, will be the speaker at Walden University's winter commencement on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Dallas. Walden will celebrate the graduation of more than 3,000 students at its 43rd commencement ceremony, to be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. "Walden is honored to have Secretary Spellings address the...

2009-10-29 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- States vary widely in where they set their student proficiency standards in 4th and 8th grade reading and mathematics, according to a new report released today by the National Center for Education Statistics. The report compares proficiency standards of states using the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as the common metric. "The study gives policymakers, educators and parents a way to view state proficiency standards using a common...

2009-09-09 09:00:00

APPLE VALLEY, Minn., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Questar Assessment, Inc. (www.QuestarAI.com), a leading educational assessment provider for states, school districts, and higher education institutions, has announced a contract award from the Florida Department of Education for the Florida Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA). This comprehensive program is designed to measure annual progress toward English proficiency of students who are classified as English...

2009-08-18 09:00:00

MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- CTB/McGraw-Hill announced today that Missouri is the sixth state to join the independent English Language Proficiency Collaboration and Research Consortium (ELPCRC). Founded in October 2007, the ELPCRC's mission is to collaborate, provide unified representation, and undertake studies and research for the improvement of ELL testing and instruction. Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, and now Missouri, have implemented CTB/McGraw-Hill's...

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2009-05-12 13:35:00

The Obama administration is seeking to turn around 5,000 failing schools in the next five years by investing $5 billion to sway local officials to close failing schools and reopen them with new teachers and principals, The Associated Press reported. Obama hopes to beef up funding for the federal school turnaround program created by the No Child Left Behind law, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. However, local school districts and states are the only ones with the authority to...

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2009-04-20 13:45:00

More challenging middle-school math classes and increased access to advanced courses in predominantly black urban high schools may be the key to closing the racial academic achievement gap, according to a University of Illinois study. "Although we've poured a lot of money and resources into trying to reduce inequalities between black and white students, we've mainly focused on test scores and that hasn't been successful," said Christy Lleras, a U of I assistant professor of human and...

2009-04-02 08:20:00

New Report Points to Technology as Scalable and Sustainable Solution to Increase Student Achievement in High-Need Schools WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) today released its annual National Trends Report, announcing new data on technology's power to increase student achievement and engagement, and equip our nation's children and teachers with the knowledge and technological proficiency necessary to position America as a leader...

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2009-03-26 08:25:00

It turns out that being voted "Most likely to succeed" in high school might actually be a good predictor of one's financial and educational success later in life. According to a University of Illinois professor who studies the sociology of education, high school sophomores who were rated by their teachers as having good social skills and work habits, and who participated in extracurricular activities in high school, made more money and completed higher levels of education 10 years later than...

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2008-12-22 15:45:00

Parental education is a strong predictor of socioeconomic status and children's educational environment. Nevertheless, some children continue to experience reading failure in spite of high parental education and support for learning to read. University of Colorado at Boulder psychologists Angela Friend, John C. DeFries and Richard K. Olson examined if genetic and environmental influences on reading disability, the most commonly identified learning disability, interact with level of parental...

2008-12-03 10:27:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In her new book, "Changing the Odds for Children at Risk," Dr. Susan Neuman, professor at the University of Michigan School of Education writes, "We need to recast our priorities, to fund programs that have solid evidence of results-programs that stake their reputation on their abilities to exponentially improve the performance of at-risk children." Neuman brings a unique perspective to this effort as her life's work has taken her from...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'