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Staying with Stanford
Mobile Register
Friday, August 13, 2004
By RENA HAVNER
Staff Reporter

The standardized test that became synonymous in Alabama with No. 2 pencils and bubbled-in answer sheets no longer plays a role in how the state rates its schools.

The Stanford Achievement Test, administered to hundreds of thousands of Alabama students in the third through eighth grades, has been superseded for the purpose of rating schools by the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test, known as the...
 
FSSD gets good news on No Child Left Behind: Page, Fairview ...
Williamson County Review Appeal
From Staff Reports

Two Williamson County schools were among a small percentage from across the state which failed at least one of the federal benchmarks of the annual No Child Left Behind assessment this year for a first or repeat time.

The news was good for the Franklin Special School District, which last year had two schools Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle on the target list for failing to meet benchmarks. Their failures placed the district in noncompl...
 
With one voice, they sing for a cause
The Boston Globe
A cappella groups seek aid for school music programs
By Megan Tench, Globe Staff | August 13, 2004

The musical groups performing at a benefit concert in Somerville's Davis Square next month won't require the screech of electric guitars, the pounding of drums, or the tickling of ivories.

As a cappella groups, they sing without accompaniment. But with their Sept. 18 performance, they plan to help Boston-area music programs that rely on pianos and other instru...
 
Principals in AFSA Union Speak Out in New Study: No Child Le...
Business Wire
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 2004--The No Child Left Behind act is having a profound and pronounced effect on which subjects are being taught in their schools, say members of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO in the findings reported in a recent survey.

The AFSA members surveyed work as principals in public schools in Chicago, New York, and Maryland. They participated in the first significant study of how the controversial federal law, the...
 
Growing Chorus Fights to Preserve Arts Education in Schools
RedNova
[Deseret News (Salt Lake City)]

Arts educators cheered when the arts were declared a "core" academic subject under the No Child Left Behind education reform measure signed into law two years ago by President Bush.
Since then, however, those cheers have turned to consternation as arts educators have watched school districts around the nation cut classroom time and funding for art and music. School officials say they now need to focus most of their attention and money on rea...
 
No time for creativity
Daily Southtown
Bass educators say focus on standardized tests make 'real learning' a rarity

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

By Linda Lutton
Staff writer

March 29, 11:15 a.m., Room 307
Debra Valenti's fifth-graders are sitting in small groups, writing persuasive letters to 17th Ward Ald. Latasha Thomas about the condition of their Englewood neighborhood.

Writing a persuasive essay is one of hundreds of "assessment objectives" for fifth grade. Ac...
 
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