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2008-07-30 09:01:09

By Nancy Mitchell State test results released Tuesday show Denver Public Schools outpaced the state and every other metro-area district in gains made in reading, writing and math in nearly every grade in 2008. The urban district's jump in reading - nearly 4 percentage points across grades three through 10 - matches its record jump in that subject in 2006. The increases, coming in a year when statewide results were largely flat, mean that DPS beat the state in growth in all 16 reading...

2008-07-29 18:00:43

By Jacinthia Jones All but one Shelby County public school and one Tipton County public school are in good academic standing, the Tennessee Department of Education announced Monday. Meanwhile, the last school in Fayette County was removed from the state's dreaded priority list completing the academic turnaround in that district. The results were released Monday as part of the state's annual progress report that identifies schools and districts whose students meet or fail performance...

2008-07-26 00:00:32

By Tim Puko Pittsburgh Public Schools students showed almost across-the- board improvement in state test scores from last year, though that will not likely be enough to meet federal progress standards, district officials announced Thursday. The number of students who scored proficiently in both reading and math increased from last year in all seven grades tested by state exams, except for in 11th-grade reading. Some of the improvements within grades were dramatic, and the district...

2008-07-25 09:01:08

From wire reports The notion that boys are better at math simply doesn't add up, according to a study to be published today in the journal Science. An analysis of standardized test scores from more than 7.2 million U.S. students in grades two through 11 found no difference in math scores for girls and boys, contradicting a pervasive belief that most females aren't hard-wired for careers in science and technology. The study also undermined the assumption - espoused by former Harvard...

2008-07-20 03:00:38

By Laurie Fox and Holly K. Hacker, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 20--Kids today are whizzes at text-messaging. But when they're asked to craft a well-thought-out answer based on a short piece they've read, many are all thumbs. A small part of the high school language arts TAKS tests has become a sinkhole for even the state's best students. Three short-response questions require students to stretch their brains by generating clear, reasonable ideas from a reading selection. Then...

2008-07-18 00:00:00

By Connie Llanos A proposed new admissions policy for the University of California system could give thousands of students a better chance of getting into the elite state schools, but critics say the changes threaten to weaken educational quality. The proposal, to be discussed today by the Board of Regents, would reduce the grades, classes and admissions tests required of high school students before their applications are fully reviewed. "All we are doing is guaranteeing more students a...

2008-07-14 09:00:57

By William Roller, The Sun, Yuma, Ariz. Jul. 14--For too long, Arizona has been tinkering around the edges at improving schools when what is required is substantial reform, according to a Goldwater Institute staff member. Dr. Matthew Ladner, the Institute's vice president of research and co-author with Arwynn Matix of "Fortune Favors the Bold," noted that Arizona's per-pupil spending has tripled since 1960, yet the National Assessment of Education Progress tests showed 44 percent of...

2008-07-13 09:00:32

By LAUREN ROTH By Lauren Roth The Virginian-Pilot Thousands of our schoolchildren are being left behind. Only you wouldn't know it by looking at the test results that will be released next month. Last year, all but 31 of the 214 public schools in South Hampton Roads passed federally mandated standards, making what is called "adequate yearly progress." But in every school that passed AYP, as it's often called, at least one group of scores - such as those belonging to students who are...

2008-07-11 12:00:55

By Liz Beavers, Cumberland Times News, Md. Jul. 11--KEYSER, W.Va. -- A policy on accepting class credits from outside sources has raised some questions among the Mineral County Board of Education members about whether to allow home-schooled students to take a test to determine eligibility for a public class. The policy, Compulsory School Attendance/School Entrance, outlines which class credits will be accepted by Mineral County when a student transfers from either another school system...

2008-07-09 06:00:32

By Nirvi Shah, The Miami Herald Jul. 9--Only about a third of schools in South Florida and a quarter statewide met federal government standards for student performance, the state Department of Education said Tuesday. That is fewer than in 2007. For nearly 400 schools across the state, this is the fifth or sixth year of missing the standards, and each year the penalties for missing them escalate, as do the law's requirements. The federal law uses the reading and math sections of the...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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