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,...
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...
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.
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...
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.