If federal law doesn’t ensure that schools and districts report student achievement data to the public, maybe threat of a lawsuit will. Public Advocates is banking on it. The San Francisco-based non-profit law firm has filed suit against California's Oakland Unified, and sent warning letters to school officials in eight other districts, after finding their school report cards were inadequate, according to this story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Public Advocates reviewed the report cards issued by 20 school districts across the state, and concluded that just one complied with the accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind ...


Japan is known far and wide for maintaining a rigorous and effective public education system. But a significant number of students are less than enamored with it. A new report from the country's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology shows that the number of students refusing to attend school is rising for the first time in five years. The Japan Times reports in this story that "a record 138,696 elementary and junior high school students were absent from school for at least 30 days without good reason during the school year that ended in March." That's a ...


With diplomas in hand, most new high school graduates would rather spend the summer soaking up their last moments of leisure before they have to tackle college work and make career plans. But a group of Miami students were motivated instead to tackle complicated, real-world lessons in Washington this summer, as the Miami Herald reports. The students, who graduated this year from Killian Senior High School, started a grass-roots lobbying campaign on behalf of a friend, Juan Gomez, and his family, who faced deportation to their native Columbia. After weeks of flooding lawmakers' offices with letters, e-mails, and faxes—and ...


It is the season for school report cards, and I’ve seen a number of news clips about student progress and overall school performance on state tests reported under the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. But alongside the coverage of test results, a parallel story line is playing out in many places. Cheating seems to be on the rise, or at least reports and allegations of it. Some observers have noted that with higher stakes comes a greater propensity to cheat on tests. And with the threat of school reconstitution, staff firings, and student retention linked ...


Linda Perlstein is getting a lot of attention this week with the release of her second book, this one about the impact of testing and accountability on an elementary school in suburban Maryland. “Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade” chronicles the success of Tyler Heights Elementary, a Title I school in Annapolis, in boosting students’ test scores in math and reading. The veteran journalist’s first book, "Not Much Just Chillin’: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers," gave an eye-opening and sometimes alarming look into the world of adolescents. It appears Perlstein has hit on another hot ...


Students and teachers everywhere are slowly being shocked back to reality by the inevitable Back-to-School ads. In some places, though, classes for the new school year have already begun. In the South, the school year generally starts earlier than the rest of the country, while districts in Indiana, North Carolina, and other places are instituting year-round schooling. The changes are designed to ease overcrowding or allow more continuous instruction to improve students’ retention of what they’ve learned. But not all students are cooperating, and even some parents are spurning the changes. In Indianapolis, for instance, hundreds of students failed ...


The much-heralded release of the new Harry Potter book took bookstores by storm Sunday, selling more than 8 million copies in the first 24 hours. As a reporter covering reading/language arts for Education Week for more than a decade, I have read countless news stories about the magic spell Harry has cast on so many kids, particularly boys, who previously displayed little or no interest in picking up a book for fun. The series by J.K. Rowling has been credited with luring millions of children into the power of reading. A story has to be pretty riveting to ...


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