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2008-09-11 21:00:21

By Emily Krone ekrone@@dailyherald.com Writing tests don't determine whether schools earn passing or failing marks under high-stakes accountability laws, but local educators continue to fight to keep writing a priority. It's an uphill battle as schools increasingly devote more time and resources to reading and math - and it paid dividends in state scores reported on a key national writing exam that had Illinois eighth-graders outperforming most of their peers around the country. "I...

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2008-09-10 12:45:00

Troubled children hurt their classmates' math and reading scores and worsen their behavior, according to new research by economists at the University of California, Davis, and University of Pittsburgh. The study, "Externalities in the Classroom: How Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Affect Everyone's Kids," was published in August by the National Bureau of Economic Research and is available online at http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14246. Scott Carrell, an assistant professor of economics...

2008-09-03 18:00:32

By Jennifer D Jordan The Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to act soon on a proposal giving 11th-grade test results more weight among criteria for graduation. A group of parents worried that proposed changes to high school regulations would prevent their children from graduating have asked state education officials to reconsider the changes, which could be approved as early as next week. The proposal drawing the most criticism would make the state...

2008-09-02 18:00:24

ETA/Cuisenaire announces a special deal on VersaTiles(R), its exclusive self-correcting, independent student practice system designed to build essential skills and improve test scores in math, science and reading. At a time when classroom spending is tight, educators now have the chance to stretch their budgets with this special offer from the premier publisher of hands-on educational materials. From now through Nov. 30, 2008, educators will receive five free additional VersaTiles answer...

2008-09-02 15:00:23

By James Joyce III When results from the spring WASL test were released by the state's schools chief Tuesday morning, the figures for the Yakima School District mostly mirrored the statewide trend: there were some ups and downs. Now, school officials locally and throughout the state are analyzing the data to determine what it says about how well they are educating children. Not an easy task. "It's so hard to say anything definitive about scores that go up and down from one year to the...

2008-09-02 15:00:23

Curriculum Advantage, Inc. announced today that the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) has selected Classworks as one of the premier curriculum and remediation tools of choice for Tennessee's elementary, middle and high schools. TOSS leaders cited Classworks' history of raising student test scores in math and reading and its correlation to state standards and TCAP objectives as reasons for selecting the system. Classworks (www.curriculumadvantage.com) gives teachers...

2008-08-27 21:00:35

Illinois students in grades 3-8 recently completed their annual weeklong series of standardized tests - the Illinois Standard Achievement Tests. The tests are supposed to be a gauge of how well - or how poorly - our schools are teaching students in core subjects like math and English, science and social studies. It also is a gauge of how well students are prepared to move on to the next level - especially whether eighth-graders are prepared for high school. As Daily Herald staff writer...

2008-08-17 18:00:42

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 All of Roanoke County's 27 schools met federal standards last year, according to Superintendent Lorraine Lange, citing preliminary information from the Virginia Department of Education. She said the results were an indication that the school system was able to adapt to increasingly difficult requirements. Under the No Child Left Behind law of 2002, a certain percentage of students of all demographic groups in all schools and all...

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2008-08-07 09:55:00

Report Offers Guidance on Evaluating Children in Preschool Programs, Urges Caution in Implementing High-Stakes Assessments Growing interest in publicly funded programs for young children has drawn attention to whether and how Head Start and other early childhood programs should be asked to prove their worth.  Congress asked the National Research Council for guidance on how to identify important outcomes for children from birth to age 5 and how best to assess them in preschools, child...

2008-07-31 03:00:37

By Hartwig, Ryan Sitlington, Patricia L According to the amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, students with disabilities are required to participate in state- and districtwide assessments with appropriate accommodations and modifications when necessary. The data on the performance of students with disabilities on these assessments indicate that they are not performing well compared to their general...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
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