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Narrowing of Curriculum
State targets program for failing to meet standards
Neponset Valley Daily News
By Kit Kadlec / News Staff Writer
Thursday, September 23, 2004

DEDHAM -- The school department plans to appeal a recent Massachusetts Department of Education report identifying Dedham as one of 133 districts that failed to meet state improvement standards two years in a row in at least one of four state-defined categories.

The accountability standards are part of the national No Child Left Behind Act. Schools and districts are identified for improvement when,...
New committee formed to set common standards
Marshfield Mariner
By Elizabeth Malloy/ [email protected]
Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Thirty-five years ago when Marshfield Assistant Supt. of Schools Middleton McGoodwin was a teacher, his classroom was his kingdom and he could essentially teach what he wanted, when he wanted, how he wanted.

However, as standardized tests such as MCAS the federal guidelines of No Child Left Behind put more emphasis on uniformity in schools, McGoodwin said it is now imperative for teachers to r...
In attempt to conform to federal act, schools to put achieve...
Stamford Advocate
By Tobin A. Coleman Staff Writer

September 21, 2004

STAMFORD -- Volunteers and public officials are poised to kick off "Stamford Achieves" activities next week in the public schools to focus on eliminating the achievement gap between disadvantaged, minority and non-English speaking students and their classmates.

Stamford Achieves was put together a year ago by Mayor Dannel Malloy to focus the city on the achievement gap, he said.

The fe...
City schools adopt phonics-based reading program
Southwest City Journal
Amanda C. Tinnin
Of the Suburban Journals
updated: 09/20/2004 05:43 PM

The St. Louis Public Schools have decided to adopt a controversial reading program without knowing where the money to pay for it will come from.

The board of education last week passed a resolution that would allow Chief Academic Officer Lynn Spampinato to purchase the McGraw-Hill Open Court reading program.

Board members Amy Hilgemann and Veronica O'Brien voted again...
Leave time for recess
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

School administrators need to get out more. Catch some fresh air, stretch their legs, maybe chat or play a game.

Then they might remember the value of recess.

Tacoma administrators are reminding elementary school principals to adhere to a district ban on scheduling recess. A recent memo reaffirmed a 1997 policy, telling principals, "The interest that we have is in maximizing our instruction time. Our...
Don't make testing a substitute for learning
The Charlotte Observer
Real education suffers when testing becomes an end unto itself


Many teachers will likely say amen to the words of former Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools' science teacher Caryn Long. As a parting salvo after taking a job at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Long lambasted CMS as too test-driven and bureaucratic. "The only thing that counts is the test scores; it's the only measure of achievement," she was quoted saying.

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