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State, national ratings of schools don't measure equally
Waco Tribune-Herald
By DAN GENZ Tribune-Herald staff writer 10.5.04

Only seven of the 199 Texas public schools that failed to meet federal guidelines for two consecutive years also received the state's unsatisfactory rating last week, showcasing the differences between the two systems.

School officials in Waco and other communities said the disparity makes it difficult to explain to parents how schools are performing.

"We need common sense to tie the two systems togethe...
Schools' battle with truancy also financial
Toledo Blade
Count this week decides Ohio districts' funding

Sixteen-year-old Kathy was browsing through sweaters Thursday morning at Westfield Shoppingtown Franklin Park.

After that, the plan was ice cream with a friend and maybe a movie.

The teenager, who said shyly that she was a student at Toledo's Start High School, didn't want to give her last name - and with good reason.

When first asked wh...
More than standardized test scores rate our schools
Auburn Citizen
By The Washington Post

Last year's academic ratings of Rhode Island public schools showed that the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, a Providence high school, did not do very well. Its students, many from low-income families, were near the bottom of the list in math skills and writing effectiveness.

But on another page in the same book of statistics, the Met, as the school is called, led the state in communicating with its students. F...
Detroit Schools Receive Fitness Grant
Duluth News Tribune
Associated Press


DETROIT - The city's public school district will use a grant funded through the No Child Left Behind Act to help students become healthier and fight obesity.

Detroit Public Schools has been awarded an $818,803 three-year grant to initiate, expand or improve physical education programs, for students in grades K-12, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced Friday.

The Carol M. White Physical Education Progr...
Unreliable Data, Oversight Hampers Ed Law
Yahoo News
By BEN FELLER, AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON - Unreliable test scores and other shaky data may be causing states to wrongly penalize some schools under federal law, congressional investigators have found.

The report is the latest to raise a warning about the accuracy of school data — an essential underpinning of the No Child Left Behind law — among the states.

"Measuring achievement with inaccurate data is likely to lead to poor measur...
No Child Left Behind: effects of poverty on test scores
El Defensor Chieftain
Dr. Robert Holson

(Editor's Note: This is the second in a six-part series of guest columns on the subject of the No Child Left Behind Act and it's effect on the Socorro Consolidated Schools, written by Robert Holson, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology and education at New Mexico Tech. Dr. Holson has dedicated extensive study to the subject, however the views expressed in this series are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of his department, N...
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