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Senior year a waste of time?


November 18, 2003
Steven K. Paulson

Some lawmakers propose eliminating 12th grade

Opinion: No Child Left Behind brings true accountability to school spending


November 13, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
John Boehner

No Child Left Behind says plainly: If you accept federal education funds, you must demonstrate progress in eliminating these achievement gaps. No Child Left Behind doesn’t punish struggling schools; it calls for extra help that can take the form of anything from additional funding to technical assistance.

No Child Left Behind Act: Facts and Fiction


November 11, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jay Mathews

The No Child Left Behind Act, in its second year, is the most ambitious federal effort to raise achievement in public schools in 38 years. It is also one of the most complicated education laws passed by Congress, leading to a host of myths and misinterpretations.

Editorial: Progress On Head Start


November 10, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

[U.S. Senator Christopher J.] Dodd’s response to the House bill backed by the Bush administration was a version passed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. It maintains Head Start as a federal program, while retaining the best of the House measure, such as strengthening teacher requirements and academic standards.

Academic struggles of girls often go undetected for years


November 10, 2003 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Kent Fischer

Independent studies in three states and three foreign countries all found that learning disabilities occur with nearly equal frequency in boys and girls. So when it comes to diagnosing learning disabilities such as dyslexia, where are all the girls?

The Littlest Test Takers


November 9, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Susan Brenna

In this era of testing and accountability, preschool is the last frontier. Most preschool educators are coming to accept that with more states getting into the business of educating 3- and 4-year-olds, the political demands for accountability — for showing that preschools and kindergartens work — are inevitable.

Very Special Ed


November 9, 2003 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Susan Brenna

When parents go searching for a quality preschool, they are advised by experts to seek a low ratio of children to teachers, a stable and reasonably well-paid staff that doesn’t keep quitting, individualized teaching and small-group activities. But all those qualities can currently be found in an unexpected place: public preschool classrooms like Brick’s, which…

Opinion: A sound deal for business


November 6, 2003 Outcomes

Valley leaders back early-childhood education

New State Policy Aids Early Education For Children From Low-income Families


November 6, 2003 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Judy Benson

The number of children in state-funded preschool should increase by about 10 percent annually so that by 2012, no low-income families seeking early education for their 3- and 4-year-olds would have to be placed on a waiting list. That is one of the cornerstones of a new preschool policy adopted unanimously Wednesday by the state…

Mentors to aid novice teachers


November 6, 2003
Tan Vinh

The University of Washington plans to create one of the most extensive teacher-preparation programs in the country by tracking and offering guidance to its education master’s-degree graduates during their first two years of teaching.