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Few states examine test erasures
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One key method of detecting cheating by teachers on standardized school tests is to analyze suspicious numbers of erasures — but less than half of American states are doing that. A survey by USAToday of state education agencies found that 20 states and Washington, D.C., did erasure analysis on all pencil-and-paper tests required during the 2010-2011 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind education law. That means nearly 45 percent of the annual reading and math exams this year were scored without analyzing erasures. More

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Race to Top winners feel heat on teacher evaluations
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Winners of the federal Race to the Top competition are facing difficult questions about how to make good on their ambitious promises to link teacher evaluation with student performance, a task complicated in some cases by resistance from educators and practical questions about how to judge job performance fairly. For some states, that means wrestling with how to evaluate teachers in subjects for which no statewide test now exists. More



Common-standards implementation slow going
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Barely half the school districts in states that have adopted the common standards are taking essential steps to implement them, and most cite inadequate state guidance as a major problem in moving forward, a new study finds. Districts are also deeply divided about how rigorous the new standards are and how much they demand new curricula and instructional strategies, according to the survey released by the Center on Education Policy. More

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DC schools prepare for nation's first sex-education standardized testing
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Washington, D.C. public and public charter schools, which annually test student progress in reading and math, will also measure what they know about human sexuality, contraception and drug use starting this spring. The 50-question exam will be the nation's first statewide standardized test on health and sex education, according to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, which developed the assessment for grades five, eight and 10. More

Maine helps cue better education
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Maine will play a key role in developing new national standards for science education. Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced that Maine has been selected as a lead state partner in drafting the Next Generation Science Standards, a role that Bowen said will help ensure that the standards meet the needs of Maine students and industries. More


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Poor schools' poor scores
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A child's academic performance is impacted not only by their family's poverty level, but also by the poverty level of their school. An in-depth analysis by New York City's Independent Budget Office found that students in grades three to eight from low-income families scored 16 percent higher on reading tests in 2010 if they attended a low-poverty school versus a high-poverty school. The performance difference for students from high-income families who attended a low-poverty school rather than a high-poverty school was even greater. More

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Standardized testing: Is it a blessing or a curse for US students?
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While adults tend to reflect on their school years with nostalgia, going on about the ease, comfort and fun life held when homework was the most intimidating part of their day, recent studies indicate that, these days, there is nothing to be jealous of. Budget cuts and a single-minded focus on preparing youngsters for high-stakes tests have, in the opinion of many, made the American public school experience downright boring. More

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USDA looks to get more meals to kids in summer
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Food can be scarce around the Mendoza household during the summer. School food service worker Alina Mendoza loses most of her hours and pay at the same time her daughter stops getting free meals at school. That's why Mendoza was excited this summer when a federal grant provided money for her daughter and other children to pick up backpacks full of food each Friday from a local elementary school. More

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Duncan talks back-to-school bus tour
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U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, just returned from a three-day bus tour of schools in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and other cities that are struggling economically. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his tour and how investing in schools relates to President Barack Obama's jobs plan. More

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Schools can't prove taxpayer-funded tutoring helps
The Tennessean    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After years of offering tutoring required by the federal No Child Left Behind law, many school districts nationwide can't prove that it has helped students. Now, Tennessee and two other states are asking the federal Department of Education to let them use the tutoring money for other measures to help students, such as longer school days and years. More



Colorado to seek waiver of No Child Left Behind
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Colorado will join other states seeking a waiver from parts of the highly criticized federal No Child Left Behind law, the Colorado Board of Education decided. State Department of Education officials told the board that Colorado has changed how school districts are evaluated since the 2002 law took effect, and that parts of it have become outdated and put unnecessary and duplicative administrative burdens on schools. More

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Teachers continue to be shuffled weeks after southeast Texas schools start
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Although classes started three weeks ago, some students are just now meeting their teachers. A fifth-grade science teacher was reassigned from Sallie Curtis Elementary School because the Beaumont school district needed a science teacher at another campus — one with more students. More

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Teachers union sues state over 'unconstitutional' merit pay law
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This week, Florida's largest teachers union filed suit challenging a new law that redefines how public school teachers are paid, evaluated, hired and fired. In the lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court, the Florida Education Association argues that some provisions of Senate Bill 736 — the first bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law — violate teachers' collective bargaining rights under Florida law. More



Win $5,000 to promote global awareness at your school
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Apply today for the 2011-2012 Sharing the Dream grant program. The NAESP Foundation, with the MetLife Foundation, will award 25 elementary and middle schools with $5,000 to create projects focused on global engagement. Applications are due Sept. 21. More

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