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Watching the clock in local classrooms - New standards mean ...
King County Journal
by Jamie Swift Journal Reporter
10.31.04

Eliminating holiday celebrations and recess might seem a tad extreme -- even cruel, really -- but new state and federal learning standards are putting pressure on teachers to make every minute count in the classroom.

Teachers today must teach well, and they must teach fast. Guidelines handed down by the government in recent years are placing a premium on grade-level standards, an increased focus on testing, and a high...
 
Testing Coordinator Urges Balance in Setting Goals
Westport News
By Frank Luongo [email protected]
10.29.04

The Westport school system's testing coordinator has cautioned the Westport Board of Education (BOE) against making damaging comparisons between the performance of Staples on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) with that of the other schools in the district's Education Reference Group (ERG-A).

At the BOE meeting Monday, Frank Corbo said that the CAPT was never intended to be used for such comparisons,...
 
Art teacher retiring in style
Idaho State Journal
Cope earns his wings as Idaho Art Teacher of the Year

By Elizabeth Ziegler -10.17.04

As a 38-year veteran art instructor, American Falls High School teacher Stan Cope is getting ready to pass the torch to his successor.

But he's going out in style.

Cope was recently selected as the Idaho Art Teacher of the Year and will now represent Idaho in the national competition.

Cope has taught art in all 12 grades in American Falls...
 
Teacher fights for the arts
The Detroit News
Brighton educator promotes creativity

By Linda Theil / Special to The Detroit News
10.11.04

BRIGHTON — Teacher Gail Bohner believes art is such an important part of a child’s education that it shouldn’t be overlooked in schools.

But art education isn’t addressed in the federal No Child Left Behind law that’s reforming America’s schools.

“I strictly believe the arts are necessary to build a rounded child who has critical problem-s...
 
Reading suggested as best way to combat low MCAS scores
Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror
By Catherine Fahy I&M Staff Writer
10.7.04

Read every day. This is the one simple, yet most significant step parents, teachers and students can take towards improving Nantucket’s MCAS scores, according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Marcia Evans. It does not, however, addresss how to im prove math scores on the MCAS.

“(Students) need to read every day, the more they read the better readers they become,” Evans said at Tuesday night’s School Committ...
 
CTA, teachers mobilize to encourage support for 'No Child Le...
Pacifica Tribune
By Jane Northrop
9/29/04

Teachers mobilized last Wednesday in "house parties across the country to urge everyone to contact their Congressional representatives today in a national call-in day. Callers should demand full funding and improvements by way of amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act.

In Burlingame last Wednesday, local teachers gathered in the California Teachers Association (CTA) headquarters in a large meeting room that was decked out with fest...
 
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