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New teachers get ready for school
Potomac News
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Sunday, September 5, 2004

Colleen Crowder's classroom is abuzz with anticipation of 21 new relationships that the teacher will make Tuesday, the first day of school.

The Pattie Elementary School teacher's walls are covered by posters that emphasize positive character traits, such as compassion, respect, responsibility and cooperation. The requisite elementary classroom alphabet chart is posted above ...
District 196 sets goals, approves bargaining agreements
South St. Paul Sun Current
By Erica Christoffer
Sun Newspapers
(Created 9/2/2004 8:43:52 AM)

Students have a goal to earn good grades. Teachers have a goal to be good educators. And the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Board of Education has a goal to facilitate those endeavors.

As another school year begins next week, on Aug. 23 the school board examined and approved its goals to help meet the needs of the District 196 community.

The bulk of the goal sett...
No Child Left Behind law fails the average student
Columbia Daily Tribune
Published Thursday, September 2, 2004

Q: What does this No Child Left Behind law do to above-average students? I am concerned my 10-year-old son is not learning as much as he could because of the emphasis on testing.

A: You should be concerned. One test cannot adequately measure how your son and other children are progressing in school, but somehow it has become the only measure that seems to count.

The pressure put on teachers ...
Former Ed. Secretary Riley Says
Education Week
By Mark Walsh & Erik W. Robelen
August 30, 2004

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley says the federal No Child Left Behind Act merits some tinkering to shift its emphasis from "compliance" back to teaching and learning.

"I think it needs some changes, but I think you need to do that in a very careful way," Mr. Riley said in a July 28 interview with Education Week at the Democratic National Convention here. "I strongly support the...
Mandated tests having some bad effects on public schools
The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, August 27, 2004

For more than 10 years, the focus on standards-based school accountability by state and federal policymakers has brought about stricter standards in education. Now that the high-stakes tests appear to be showing their teeth in consequences for students, the debate about the value of such tests is being taken to a higher level. Significant encounters are surfacing between and among school policymakers, government officials and busi...
School moves ahead in spite of objections
Iowa City Press-Citizen
August 17, 2004

This summer, Iowa City School District teachers attended a series of workshops to improve the way they instruct special education and other at- risk students. This program came in response to the district's two junior high schools appearing on a federal watch list thanks to the No Child Left Be-hind Act. Only 29 percent of special education students at the two buildings passed the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Meanwhile, there's fear that for the same reason both City...
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