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Chicago Is Focus of National Debate on Schools At stake are profound policy questions about how teachers should be granted tenure, promoted or fired, as well as the place standardized tests will have in the lives of elementary and high school students. One of the main sticking points in the negotiations here between the teachers union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a new teacher evaluation system that gives significant and increasing weight to student performance on standardized tests. Personnel decisions would be based on those evaluations. Over the last few years, a majority of states have adopted similar systems, spurred by the desire to qualify for the Obama administration’s Race to the Top education grants. Proponents say these measures are needed to improve teaching in a country where 33 percent of fourth graders are not reading at grade level and about one-quarter of public high school students do not graduate on time, if at all. That sentiment certainly permeated the picket lines and rallies in Chicago this week.

How and what to code Authors of this page: Graham R. Gibbs and Celia Taylor Affiliation: University of Huddersfield Date written: 30th June 2005 Updated 19th Feb 2010 Ref: Taylor, C and Gibbs, G R (2010) "How and what to code", Online QDA Web Site, [] Coding Coding is the process of combing the data for themes, ideas and categories and then marking similar passages of text with a code label so that they can easily be retrieved at a later stage for further comparison and analysis. Codes can be based on: Themes, Topics Ideas, Concepts Terms, Phrases Keywords found in the data. The codes are given meaningful names that gives an indication of the idea or concept that underpins the theme or category. As the researcher reads through their data set the number of codes they have will evolve and grow as more topics or themes become apparent. Approaches to starting coding A priori codes These can be identified from a range of sources: Grounded codes "What is going on? Table 1.

Four Financial Tips Every High School Senior and College Freshman Should Know | EdCircuit Photo credit: by Afoma Okoye Financial planning is important for students seeking post-secondary education. Poor financial planning is one of the major reasons why students drop out of college. Fill out the FASFA The first step all students need to take during their senior year is to apply for FASFA. Federal student loans must be paid back after college graduation, or in the event that the student drops out of college. Students should talk to their parents about ways they can contribute money towards their own education. Some parents cannot afford tuition, but they can help by providing groceries, offering a home if their child wishes to commute, or they could help their child find local and national scholarships. Parents and student should be attentive to the interest rates on the loans. Focus on the college program, not the name of the college Apply for scholarships There are many scholarships for prospective college students. Do not feel pressured to attend college

Dear Parents - A Must Read by Donald Sternberg – School Leadership 2 Want to read more of this type of posting? If you are not already a member of School Leadership 2.0, why not join today? More than 5,900 concerned and dedicated educators around the globe have already done so. It's easy, just click here to get started. September 4, 2012 Dear Parents, On behalf of the teachers and staff of the Wantagh Elementary School, I would like to welcome you back to school. We are all enthusiastic about the arrival of our new superintendent, Mr. One significant issue as we move into this new school year is that we will, at times, find it difficult if not impossible to teach authentic application of concepts and skills with an eye towards relevancy. Unfortunately, if educators want to survive in the new, Albany-created bureaucratic mess that is standardized assessments to measure teacher performance, paramount to anything else, we must focus on getting kids ready for the state assessments. Standardized assessment has grown exponentially. Thank you. Don Sternberg, Ed.D.

Frequently Asked Questions | Should I test again? Many students test twice, once as a junior and again as a senior. You should definitely consider retesting if you had any problems during testing, such as misunderstanding the directions, or feeling ill. You may also want to consider retesting if you don't believe that your scores accurately represent your abilities, especially if you see a discrepancy between your ACT scores and your high school grades, or if you have subsequently completed coursework in the areas covered by the ACT. If you test more than once, you determine which set of scores are sent to colleges or scholarship programs. Research shows that of students from the 2013 graduating class who took the ACT more than once: 57% increased their Composite score on the retest21% had no change in their Composite score on the retest22% decreased their Composite score on the retest Example for how to read the table below:For students who received an ACT Composite score of 20 the first time they tested:

U.S. Education Reform and National Security Order Report Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press Release Date March 2012 Price $15.00 paper 120 pages ISBN 978-0-87609-520-1 Task Force Report No. 68 Share Overview The United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role, finds a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)–sponsored Independent Task Force report on U.S. "Educational failure puts the United States' future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk," warns the Task Force, chaired by Joel I. The report notes that while the United States invests more in K-12 public education than many other developed countries, its students are ill prepared to compete with their global peers. Though there are many successful individual schools and promising reform efforts, the national statistics on educational outcomes are disheartening: Carole Artigiani, Global Kids, Inc. Craig R. Edith L.

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Florida to measure student goals by race A plan by Florida to set goals for students in math and reading based on their race has educators and community activists furious in Palm Beach County and across the state. On Tuesday, the State Board of Education passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities. “To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base,” said Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach. Others in the community agreed with Lopez’s assessment. The waivers have been granted to free states from some federal regulations. “DOE (Department of Education) be damned,” she said. Math:

Penn Admissions How to Fix the Schools It’s not just the school days that are being lost. Far more important, the animosity between the Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration will undoubtedly linger long after the strike ends. The battle will end, but the war between education reformers and urban public schoolteachers will go on. Teachers — many of them — will continue to resent efforts to use standardized tests to measure their ability to teach. Tucker, 72, a former senior education official in Washington, is the president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, which he founded in 1988. “We have to find a way to work with teachers and unions while at the same time working to greatly raise the quality of teachers,” he told me recently. What is also a given in other countries is that teaching has a status equal to other white-collar professionals. Second, he believes that it makes no sense to demonize unions. High-performing countries don’t abandon teacher standards.

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Congratulations to Class of 2014, Most Indebted Ever - The Numbers ByPhil Izzo As college graduates in the Class of 2014 prepare to shift their tassels and accept their diplomas, they leave school with one discouraging distinction: They’re the most indebted class ever. The average Class of 2014 graduate with student-loan debt has to pay back some $33,000, according to an analysis of government data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher at Edvisors, a group of web sites about planning and paying for college. Even after adjusting for inflation that’s nearly double the amount borrowers had to pay back 20 years ago. Meanwhile, a greater share of students is taking on debt to finance higher education. The good news for the Class of 2014 is that they likely won’t hold the title of “Most Indebted Ever” very long. But as the debt burden of college graduates continues to rise faster than inflation, it begins to complicate the question of whether a bachelor’s degree is worth the expense. Zuma Press But will the debt associated with a college degree always be worth it?