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More schools trying incentives to boost attendance
Rutland Herald
By KEN MAGUIRE The Associated Press

LOWELL, Mass. — There used to be pats on the back, or pizza parties, but now it's prepaid credit cards and new car lotteries. What's next in the effort to get students to go to class?

Lowell High School is offering seniors who maintain excellent attendance and gain acceptance to college or the military a free, $1,200 laptop computer at year's end.

"It makes students want to come to school more," said...
Teachers recruited from Spain
San Antonio Express-News

Jenny LaCoste-Caputo
Express-News Staff Writer

Marian Cárdenes' second-grade class is a mishmash of two cultures.

The framework is that of a typical American classroom: a television and VCR in the corner, a computer desk at the back of the room, brightly decorated bulletin boards and a U.S. flag posted near the whiteboard.

But the new words for the week on the bulletin boards are Spanish. Spanish storybooks are stacked on...
Navigate 'No Child Left Behind' with handbook
Jackson Clarion-Ledger
The Associated Press

The National Center for Learning Disabilities and Schwab Learning have developed a handbook to help parents navigate — and coordinate — the federal No Child Left Behind and the Individuals With Disabilities Education acts.

No Child Left Behind requires schools to have a plan to help low-achieving children, including the almost 3 million children with learning disabilities, to meet higher academic standards.

The new ...
Somerset test scores low: Schools are 'in need of improvemen...
Cambridge Newszap!
By Jason Rhodes, Special to the Crisfield Times

WESTOVER - The latest in a series of blows that have plagued Somerset County Public Schools since early September hit last week when the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) included the county among eight state school systems "in need of improvement."

MSDE based its classification on scores from the standardized Maryland School Assessment (MSA) tests taken by the county's third-, fifth-, eighth- and 10th-grad...
A look at penalties under No Child Left Behind
Boston Globe
October 29, 2004

HARTFORD, Conn. --Schools receiving federal Title I money -- for schools with high numbers of poor students -- can face a variety of penalties under the federal No Child Left Behind law if they do not make enough progress in meeting the law's goals.

The steps that must be taken by identified Connecticut schools vary, depending on how long the school has not made adequate yearly progress toward meeting the law's requirements.

Progress ...
Teachers: learning before 'No Child Left Behind' testing
MSNBC (Local News)
By BRIAN ECKHOUSE The Union Leader

N.H.USA - A New England English teachers association will urge federal and state departments of education to revise No Child Left Behind Act guidelines to stress learning over test preparation.

According to the New England Association of Teachers of English resolution passed Saturday in Nashua: "The unintended consequences have been that students and teachers spend more time on test preparation and less time on lea...
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