- Achievements And Challenges
TN districts meet accountability standards and do well on state tests but continue to struggle with year-over-year student improvement. Doesn't look at what may be causing problem.
Nov 1, 1:12 PM:
- TN District Top Achievement
Wilson Co. schools get straight A's on state report card. Explores performance, including efforts to close achievement gap and increases in scores of African American and Latino students. Notes role of data collection in helping >
Nov 1, 12:35 PM:
- Withdrawal Of Funds
State funds to improve schools cut off to 5 of CO's lowest-performing ones since no forward movement detected. Appeal process in place, but districts must be very clear on how they will improve.
Nov 1, 7:30 AM:
- Information For Parent Power
TN's school report cards arm parents with info to choose best school for their child or to stir up changes in their school. Both achievement & value added testing included. Overall state making gains in achievement. >
Nov 1, 7:12 AM:
- GA Title I Academic Gains
Looks at performance of state's "Reward Schools" and progress made in closing achievement gap. Notes new accountability system. Doesn't provide numbers but lists individual districts and names high performers. >
Nov 1, 7:07 AM:
- The Academic Challenge
MO school promotes the Webster Challenge, with goal to decrease achievement gap. Entire staff involved as mentors; college info trips planned; increases access to scholarships. Need data to compare to non-Challenge schools. >
Nov 1, 6:32 AM:
- IN Report Card Debated
Fort Wayne Super says test scores have improved, plus percentage of schools earning high marks up. But, district still fell from "high" to "average" rating under accountability system. Attention here on drop, not what may have >
Nov 1, 6:28 AM:
- Common Core Coming
IL prepares for Common Core, which will change current testing system. Under CC, students will be tested twice a year so teachers can make adjustments and to see growth.
Oct 31, 3:52 PM:
- Staying In School
Drop-out rates down and grad rates up in one MS district, while enrollment continues to grow. Super points to several possible reasons, including tutoring/remediation program. To get ahead of curve, district developing programs >
Oct 31, 3:38 PM:
- Improvement, But No AYP
Student test scores in IL district show improvement, but they didn't meet AYP goal even with waiver granted to keep it at same level as last year. Lots of district data. All to change with intro of Common Core and more rigorous >
Oct 31, 3:24 PM:
- Test Scores Report
Steady, though small, increase in one IL district for math/reading tests that are part of AYP. While some hoping this is last year for AYP, others applaud NCLB's focus on broad range of students.
Oct 31, 3:14 PM:
- IL District Scores Sweep
Profiles Stevenson HS and its stellar performance on state report card for 2nd straight year. Describes results and includes numbers for comparison with other suburban schools. Notes culture promoting achievement, but light on >
Oct 31, 2:58 PM:
- IL Science Numbers Up
New report card shows Huntley district HS juniors see 8% jump in scores on statewide assessment. Describes likely reasons, including curriculum changes, high expectations and tougher courses.
Oct 31, 2:06 PM:
- New Graduation Mandate
Explores Murrieta Valley (CA) district requirement seniors complete "exit interview" in order to receive diploma. Describes project requirements, outlines why necessary and how meshes with move to Common Core Standards.
Oct 31, 1:54 PM:
- Test Scores Not So Good
IL district's test scores not so hot under AYP. New test/curriculum coming that may initially see worsening of scores. State Super says U.D. DOE reviewing NCLB waiver, but IL wants phase-in for evals, while feds want the full >
Oct 31, 1:14 PM:
- LA School Still Struggling
Profile of Bunkie Elementary and "F" grade it received. Describes efforts to improve, including getting $1.2M grant to pay for longer year and better teachers. Doesn't really delve into why hasn't worked yet.
Oct 31, 1:08 PM:
- FL Ed Contract Dispute
After spending $2.5M on website project aimed at helping students, parents and teachers prep for new standards, state is calling off deal. Describes reasons why, including complaints about test subject lessons and work being >
Oct 31, 11:06 AM:
- Tackling The Gap
IL and its districts take on achievement gap. One district has weekly meetings, includes students, to find problems and solve them (more AP, fewer basic classes). State using data to target high-gap schools and support efforts. >
Oct 31, 6:34 AM:
- Testing Disgrace
IL test scores show far too many students fail to meet standards. Bar will rise for next report, meaning even more students will fall off academic cliff. Some say new curriculum standards and tests should help get all on track. >
Oct 31, 5:55 AM: