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2008-09-27 09:00:13

By RHONDA BODFIELD Marie Curie probably wouldn't be impressed with the state's first results on the new AIMS science test. Although half of the state's fourth- and eighth-grade students passed the exam, that number dropped to 37 percent for ninth- and 10th-graders, according to scores released today. The local results were mixed. Most Catalina Foothills School District students mastered the test, with 71 percent of high school students passing. At bottom was the Sunnyside Unified...

2008-09-27 00:00:32

OUR OPINION Half the state's public schools, including 58 in our region, are not meeting mandated progress benchmarks, but to dumb down the standards and toss out the MCAS test, as some are suggesting, would be setting education reform - and our children's future - back decades. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, public schools and districts have to show annual progress toward the goal of grade- level proficiency for all students by 2014, a scant five years from now. On the...

2008-09-26 21:00:25

By Phyllis Coulter BLOOMINGTON - Irving Elementary School's significant increase in reading scores impressed a U.S. Department of Education official who visited the school Thursday. "You have a lot of be proud of," Todd Zoellick said at an all- school assembly. Bloomington District 87 school Superintendent Bob Nielsen showed teachers and Zoellick that the percentage of fifth-graders who met or exceeded Illinois Standards Achievement Test reading standards has nearly doubled since last...

2008-09-26 09:00:32

By Amy K. Stewart Deseret News The Legislature's Education Interim Committee recommended taking action that would allow educators to increase using technology in determining how to help students improve academically. "Times have changed," said Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, during a meeting of the committee at the start of this week's legislative special session. He is sponsoring the proposed legislation, which passed the committee 14-2. "We're moving into a wonderful time in the 21st...

2008-09-26 03:00:29

By Neill, Monty With more pressing issues on its agenda and no consensus about how to proceed, Congress probably will delay until after this November's elections the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a framework of standards, tests, and consequences initiated by the 1994 authorization of the Elementary and secondary Education Act (ESEA). The outcome of those elections might create significant political shirts that would affect any new version of the widely criticized federal...

2008-09-25 21:00:00

By NANCY REARDON NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Nine South Shore elementary schools failed to make the grade in English and language arts skills under the requirements of the federal government's No Child Left Behind program. For two consecutive years, students in these schools received MCAS scores too low to meet yearly progress targets under the federal accountability system. The failure to make gains in English skills follows a statewide trend that emerged this year. Almost half of the 214...

2008-09-24 09:00:37

By Philip Ferolito Seven years after Congress adopted the No Child Left Behind Act, schools here and across the state are still struggling to meet the law. This year, the number of schools failing to meet the standards spelled out under the law -- which is intended to have all students proficient in reading and math by 2014 -- has more than doubled statewide. In the Yakima Valley, nearly every public school and all school districts are failing to meet standards. But many officials in...

2008-09-23 09:00:56

By SARA PLUMMER See all 45 schools named to the 2008 Oklahoma School Improvement List: tulsaworld.com/improvement list The school and three others in Tulsa are removed from the School Improvement List. The students at Academy Central Elementary School were silent at first, but as artist Richard Hight added blues, browns and whites to the dark canvas Tuesday, murmurs began spreading about what he could be drawing. Mouths gaped and "ahhs" were heard when Hight added streaks of...

2008-09-22 08:15:00

By Gerald N. Tirozzi The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is delighted to have Strong American Schools as a partner in promoting a common agenda of closing the achievement gap and ensuring that all students receive a high-quality education. But its "blame and shame" message -- while easy to reduce to a headline -- ignores more complex realities and does little to advance that common agenda. Middle schools get unprepared students from elementary schools. High...

2008-09-19 09:00:32

By MEG HECKMAN Many New Hampshire students aren't meeting state standards in science, according to the first round of statewide testing in the subject in five years. The results, released yesterday, are lower than educators had hoped, although some cautioned that it's hard to divine much from one set of scores. Kids in grades four, eight and 11 took the tests in the spring. Fourth-graders performed the best, with 51 percent considered proficient or better. Here's how each community fared....


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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