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2008-09-17 09:25:00

Standardized testing is an inescapable part of modern education; however, these tests often fail to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities.  Vanderbilt University Learning Sciences Institute researchers Stephen N. Elliott, Peter A. Beddow and Ryan J. Kettler have developed a decision-making instrument called the Test Accessibility and Modification Inventory (TAMI) to address the issue of accessibility for students with special needs. "This tool, the TAMI, should help all...

2008-09-16 15:00:31

By Eileen M. Adams SAD 44 Superintendent David Murphy expects a two-person team from the state Department of Education to visit his district this fall to provide ideas on how to improve student test scores. "They will work with us to identify components needing work," he said. Several schools in the district did not make the minimum standards in reading or mathematics for certain subgroups, as dictated by criteria mandated by the No Child Left Behind federal program. Crescent Park...

2008-09-16 12:00:40

By KELLEY BOUCHARD Two years ago, Biddeford Middle School was in a bad spot. For three years in a row, the school had failed to improve as expected under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. It was on the Maine Department of Education's priority list of public schools that needed to show progress on annual standardized reading and math tests. If its reading scores didn't start rising soon, the school risked being forced to restructure its administration, replace all or most of its staff...

2008-09-16 09:00:42

It isn't often that there's any good news to be found in failing grades. But we think there are a few nuggets of hope on the latest report card for the state's annual reading and math assessment tests. The Kansas Department of Education reported Wednesday that 11 Topeka Unified School District 501 schools fell short of making what is termed adequate yearly progress on those assessments. That left the district short of its AYP goal. The state as a whole also failed to meet the mark. But...

2008-09-15 21:00:23

By Murray Light The National Education Association currently supports 145 bills introduced in Congress to revise the No Child Left Behind law, the current version of which is up for reauthorization this year. No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the chief domestic legislation of the Bush administration, has come under fire from teachers, parent groups and legislators, but efforts to pass reforms in the ongoing reauthorization process have been very slow and have stimulated hundreds of suggestions...

2008-09-15 09:00:43

By Libby Quaid Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Students are doing better in elementary and middle school, but key indicators show little progress among high school and college students, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said. "We've got a long way to go," Spellings said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We've turned the tide. We've started. We've gone from heretofore flat to making some real progress, where we've focused." She cited a few of what she called leading...

2008-09-13 21:00:15

By Jennifer Gokhman Tracy and Manteca school districts continue to improve, with Academic Performance Index scores rising, and all 20 elementary schools in Manteca Unified School District reaching a score of 700 or above. Both districts experienced big gains by Program Improvement schools, which are schools that don't make the federal Adequate Yearly Progress target in the same areas two years in a row. "We have good numbers to celebrate," said Carol Anderson-Woo, director of curriculum...

2008-09-13 03:00:25

By Wang, Chuang Algozzine, Bob Abstract. Reading problems are among the most prevalent concerns in schools; poor readers in elementary school who do not receive special assistance are particularly at risk for dismal academic careers. In a large-scale project, children with serious reading problems received targeted intervention to address critical early literacy skills. The assistance combined focused practice and frequent monitoring to provide instruction needed to improve reading skills....

2008-09-12 00:00:23

At the end of this school year, two Ohio charter schools -- one in Toledo and one in Youngstown -- will be forced to close under a new state law that draws a line in the sand when it comes to poor academic performance. The law says that public schools that are independent of a community's public school district must close if they are stuck in "academic emergency" for three years (or four, depending on the age of students the school serves) and if no progress has been made on math and...

2008-09-12 00:00:23

By Holly Usher Franklin Regional students have met adequate yearly progress requirements for the 2008 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams. All grade levels at all five schools met requirements for 63 percent proficiency in reading and 56 percent in math. Franklin Regional school board members discussed the results at Monday's meeting with a look forward, keeping improvement in mind. The PSSA was developed in 1999 to create standards for reading, writing and mathematics and...