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2011-02-25 07:35:00

According to a report released on Thursday, US students in the largest cities in the country, many from low-income households, are trailing their peers elsewhere in the country when it comes to science proficiency. Among 17 participating urban districts that tested students' science knowledge, most fourth- and eighth-graders scored lower than the national average, the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress Science report found. "The results are shouting at us: Whatever we are...

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2011-01-26 05:45:00

U.S. students scored poorly on a national test of science proficiency, with just 21 percent of high school seniors performing at or above capable levels, according to a new report released Tuesday. The 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress also revealed that just a small fraction of U.S. students demonstrated the advanced skills required that could lead to careers in science and technology. Only 1 percent of fourth-grade and 12th-grade students, and just 2 percent of...

2009-06-15 09:00:00

But Significant Racial/Ethnic, Gender, and Economic Gaps Apparent WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The frequency of arts instruction has remained steady for over a decade although significant racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic gaps are evident in both music and visual arts for eighth-graders, according to the 2008 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) in arts - the first assessment of student achievement in the arts since 1997. The Nation's Report Card: Arts...

2008-10-08 03:00:22

By Sink, Christopher A Akos, Patrick; Turnbull, Rebecca J; Mvududu, Nyaradzo Student achievement was compared between Washington State middle schools with comprehensive school counseling programs (CSCPs) and those without. Statistically controlling for socioeconomic status, multivariate analyses of covariance revealed minimal differences between students in CSCP and non-CSCP schools. Significant score differences emerged, however, for students attending schools with at least 5 years of CSCP...

2008-10-01 03:00:00

By Misco, Thomas Abstract: In this article, the author explores the challenges and promises of value-added assessment. As NCLB approaches the end of statistically possible achievement gains in schools, value-added assessment is being employed to longitudinally measure student learning to determine a school's effect. Yet, value-added assessment is limited in its explanatory powers because it focuses only on certain types of knowledge and needs to be used in conjunction with other estimates....

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...

2008-09-16 03:00:24

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Board of Education today may toughen the academic standards that elementary school students must meet to be promoted to the next grade level. The five-member board at its meeting could revise the Long Beach Unified School District's promotion and retention policy in grades one through five, possibly leading to an increase in the number of students who are prevented from advancing to the next grade level. The new policy would ensure that by 2009-2010 students...

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...

2008-09-10 06:00:24

By Katy Murphy Last school year, about 60 percent of Oakland 10th-graders passed the math or the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam -- or both -- on their first try, according to results released Tuesday by the state education department. Skyline High School had the highest 10th-grade pass rate in math, at 75 percent (Oakland High and Fremont's College Prep and Architecture Academy were close behind, at 74 percent). In English, MetWest High School took the prize, with...

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...


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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
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