2011 National Teacher of the Year Highlights STEM Education

 

On May 3, 2011 President Barack Obama presented the 2011 National Teacher of the Year award to Maryland high school chemistry teacher Michelle Shearer. Consistent with U.S. tradition, the award ceremony took place at a reception for teachers in the White House Rose Garden. [More]

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Education Secretary Duncan Sharply Increased Waivers of NCLB Requirements in 2009

 

The 2002 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) mandates all U.S. students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. As the deadline draws near, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is under increasing pressure from school leaders to provide some relief from some of NCLB’s stringent requirements, [More]

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Some SIG Grantees Struggle with School Reform

 

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) included the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program which was intended to help improve the nation’s lowest-performing schools, those schools that persistently fail to meet AYP. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) re-energized the SIG program with $3 billion in funding, [More]

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The CEP Reports an Increase in School Failures to Make AYP

 

Under the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) U.S. public schools and school districts must make adequate yearly progress (AYP) as determined by the percentage of the schools’ or districts’ students that score proficient on state-specified tests and other performance indicators. [More]

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Review of Race to the Top Initiatives

 

On April 19, 2011 Education Week reported in an online article that school districts are using Race to the Top (RTT) funds for experiments in education reform. According to the article, in addition to the much-publicized reforms such as legislative changes in teacher evaluation and statewide longitudinal [More]

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Review of ED's Proposal to Amend FERPA Regulations

 

The U.S. Department of Education proposes to amend FERPA regulations to improve access to SLDS data to facilitate a state's ability "to evaluate education programs, build upon what works and discard what does not, increase accountability and transparency, and contribute to a culture of innovation and continuous improvements in education." [More]

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Eleven States Are Awarded School Improvement Grants

 

On April 8, 2011 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Secretary issued a press release announcing awards from the $546 million School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to eleven states. The grants are intended to facilitate each state's efforts to turnaround is persistently lowest-performing schools. [More]

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Members of Congress Reach a Compromise on the FY 2011 Budget

 

On April 12, 2011 Congressional leaders unveiled an FY 2011 budget compromise reportedly reached over the prior weekend. In a press release the House Committee on Appropriations reported that the final Continuing Resolution (CR) contains close to $40 billion in spending cuts. [More]

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States and Schools Face the ARRA "Funding Cliff"

 

Under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) states must use the majority of the $100 billion awarded for education by September 30, 2011. According to an April 5, 2011 Education Week online article, most states will have expended their respective awards by the end of the current school year. The depletion of ARRA funds has been dubbed the “funding cliff.” The Education Week article reports that, although state economies are [More]

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ED Proposes FERPA Amendments

 

On April 7, 2011 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued a press release announcing its Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) outlining new initiatives to safeguard student information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) while allowing states the flexibility to share school data as necessary to verify the effectiveness of government investments in education. ED secretary Arne Duncan said “Data should be shared with the right people for the right reasons. We need common-sense rules that strengthen privacy protections and allow for meaningful uses of data.”
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