BREAKING THE CYCLE: New Report from Michigan State University Finds that Middle School Math Teachers Are Receiving Weak Training ArticleApril 19, 2010
Middle school math teachers are unprepared to teach students at a level considered competitive internationally, according to a new report from the Teacher Education Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M), a project based out of Michigan State University.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RELEASES ESEA BLUEPRINT: Proposal to Overhaul NCLB Centers on Raising Standards, Focusing Attention on the Lowest-Performing Schools ArticleMarch 22, 2010
On March 15, the Obama administration released its blueprint to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
ACHIEVING A WEALTH OF RICHES: New Alliance Brief Examines How Teachers Can Use Data to Transform Teaching and Learning ArticleSeptember 14, 2009
Too many teachers are "data rich but information poor," meaning that while student data is becoming more abundant, not enough teachers have access to training, support, and the structures needed to use data effectively.
CONGRESS BEGINS BUDGET DEBATE: House and Senate Budget Plans Accommodate President Obama’s Education Proposals ArticleApril 06, 2009
Earlier this year, President Obama released a budget outline for fiscal year (FY) 2010 that contained few actual numbers but proposed new investments in education, including an expansion of early childhood education, a focus on rigorous standards and assessments that are aligned to the demands of the global economy, efforts to better prepare and reward effective teachers and principals, and more opportunities for students to go to college and graduate.
Never in this country's history has the need for an educated, literate citizenry been so critical. The increasing complexity of rapid globalization demands a workforce that is skilled in reading, communications, and mathematics.
STATES REPORT NUMBER OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS: State Officials Admit Guesswork in Reporting Data ArticleNovember 03, 2003
In September, 33 states reported that over 75 percent of their core classes were being taught by "highly qualified" teachers as defined in the No Child Left Behind Act.
With states collectively facing the worst budget crisis since World War II, most state officials think they're facing the worst of times.
MEETING THE HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS CHALLENGE: Too Many Teachers Teaching Outside of Their Field, Paige Says ArticleJuly 21, 2003
Last week, in his second annual report to Congress, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige wrote that many classrooms in our nation's schools are being led by teachers without a major or minor in the field in which they teach.
PERSONALIZED PLAN TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE: New Initiative to Involve Students, Teachers, Counselors, Parents ArticleSeptember 23, 2002
Beginning this school year, the Houston Independent School District is implementing a new program that allows teachers to track student progress and to improve parental communication.
According to the data from the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 26 percent of eighth graders and 23 percent of twelfth graders do not have even partial mastery of the fundamental reading skills expected at their grade levels.