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2008-11-06 16:35:00

The controversial No Child Left Behind law has forced teachers in low-income school districts to craft a curriculum that marginalizes writing at the expense of teaching to the test, resulting in educators who feel straitjacketed by a high-stakes test, according to a University of Illinois. education professor who has studied the issue. Sarah J. McCarthey, a professor of language and literacy in the department of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education at the University of...

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2008-10-14 08:00:00

By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY If there's one feature that defines the presidential debate on education, it's this: near silence. The USA's teetering economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have all but squeezed out education, a topic important to previous elections. Sen. John McCain focused on it in two speeches to civil rights groups last summer. Sen. Barack Obama, meanwhile, has spoken in detail about schools more often than his rival -- his campaign lists 12 education speeches in the...

2008-10-13 18:00:22

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Education and individual state departments of education have recognized achievement gains at three EdisonLearning schools, all part of EdisonLearning's national network of more than 100 schools in 23 states. In addition, two principals in EdisonLearning's Hawaii partnership schools were honored by their statewide peers. Northmoor-Edison Primary School in Peoria, Ill., a school with at least 40 percent of its students coming from...

2008-10-13 09:00:23

By Amy K. Stewart Deseret News Since receiving the green light from the Utah Legislature on computer-adaptive testing, State Office of Education officials are now hitting up the federal government for approval. And the request may be affected by the presidential election. Besides figuring out who gets to pilot computer-adaptive testing and who pays for it, USOE officials are pursuing flexibility on the requirements of the federal mandate No Child Left Behind for districts and charter...

2008-10-10 03:00:26

To the average person on the street, "graduation rate" means the number of high school seniors who actually receive their diplomas; e.g., 200 seniors, 200 diplomas, equals 100 percent; or 200 seniors, 150 diplomas, equals 75 percent. However, to the bean counters under No Child Left Behind, calculating the graduation rate is not that simple. They use a formula based on the number of graduates with a regular diploma, the number of "dropouts," the number of graduates with a special-...

2008-10-10 03:00:26

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 Slightly more than half of Roanoke students graduated on time with a standard or advanced high school diploma this spring, according to new information released Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Education. This is the first year that state officials have released data under the more accurate cohort method of calculating graduation rates. It shows that 51.6 percent of the city's high school seniors graduated in four years with...

2008-10-09 18:00:30

By ELISABETH HULETTE Staff Writer Great cheers and sighs of relief went up at Annapolis High yesterday when teachers and students learned that after six long years and enduring some tough changes, their school finally has met state targets on standardized tests. "It was pretty exciting," said Christine Koffman, 17, president of the senior class. "At first we were that school where people get shot at and we can't make AYP, but now we made AYP and we're doing really well." Adequate...

2008-10-09 03:00:31

By Byrnes, MaryAnn This exploratory case study examined how general and special education teachers in one school district interpreted three frequently used accommodations. Although a majority of both groups agreed on interpretations of extended time, there was little agreement, considerable variation, and some contradiction in their understanding of the changes intended by scribing and preferential seating. Recommendations include suggestions for replacing ambiguous accommodations with...

2008-10-03 12:00:20

By Shawn Cetrone / scetrone@heraldonline.com Fewer elementary and middle schools than ever before in York County and across the state reached federal student achievement goals this year, according to results released Wednesday. Educators statewide said they saw the drops coming and blame the dismal ratings on what they call the government's "unreasonable expectations." Meanwhile, parents tried to sort through the noise and discern what it all means. High school, district and state...

2008-10-03 09:00:30

By RHONDA BODFIELD After No Child Left Behind got its wheels in 2002, Arizona had a choice: Hurt now or hurt later. It chose later. And it was in good company. When states sat down to draw up benchmarks on how to get 100 percent of students to meet reading and math standards by 2014, some did the equivalent of drawing a straight line from where they were to where they needed to be, requiring gains in roughly equal increments. About half - including Arizona - chose what's known as a...


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