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Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy

Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy, by James P. Spillane (Harvard University Press). Spillane argues that problems in implementing education policy are due primarily to insufficient attention to the “sensemaking” needs of educators, by which he means the ability of teachers and administrators to understand the task […]

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To catch a cheat: the pressures of accountability may encourage school personnel to doctor the results from high-stakes tests. Here’s how to stop them

To catch a cheat: the pressures of accountability may encourage school personnel to doctor the results from high-stakes tests. Here’s how to stop them – Research Brian A. Jacob THE COSTANO SCHOOL IN EAST PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, ACHIEVED national recognition in 2000 for overcoming enormous obstacles to achieve academic success. Its principal, Marthelia Hargrove, was […]

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The seeds of growth: the United States became the world’s economic superpower over the course of the 20th century. But can today’s education system be counted on to fertilize growth in the future?

The seeds of growth: the United States became the world’s economic superpower over the course of the 20th century. But can today’s education system be counted on to fertilize growth in the future? – Forum Eric A. Hanushek The early 1990s saw the height of the east Asian miracle. The economies of Japan, South Korea, […]

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how a teacher’s gender affects boys and girls

The why chromosome: how a teacher’s gender affects boys and girls Thomas S. Dee Gender gaps in educational outcomes are a matter of real and growing concern. We’ve known for a long time, since the 1970s, that girls outscore boys in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading tests, while boys tend to outperform […]

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World wide wonder? Measuring the impact of Internet subsidies to public schools

World wide wonder? Measuring the impact of Internet subsidies to public schools Austan Goolsbee Like the television revolution, which brought electronic boxes into schools in the 1960s and was supposed to turn classroom teaching on its head, computers were rolled into schools in the 1990s and connected to the worldwide web with the expectation that […]

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Civic Education: can public schools teach good citizenship?

Civic Education: can public schools teach good citizenship? – Forum Stephen Macedo DECLINING VOTER PARTICIPATION AMONG the young. Persistently low scores on national civics and history assessments. High-school graduates who can’t find Iraq on a globe. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] These are just some of the symptoms of civic education gone awry. To some observers, they suggest […]

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Her worship: cities look for a savior to transform their school systems, but lasting reform takes a sustained, community-wide effort

Her worship: cities look for a savior to transform their school systems, but lasting reform takes a sustained, community-wide effort – Forum Paul T. Hill PERHAPS NO EVENT REPRESENTED THE TREND IN URBAN SCHOOL politics better than Harold Levy’s becoming chancellor of the nation’s largest school district, New York City, in May 2000. The previous […]

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a famous—and dearly departed—English novelist visits a modern American high school

Sentences and sensibilities: a famous—and dearly departed—English novelist visits a modern American high school Diane Ravitch Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs By Paula Marantz Cohen St. Martin’s Press, 2006, $23.95; 288 pages. What would Jane Austen write if she were chronicling life in an affluent suburb of New York City? […]