The Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday voted to replace the PRAXIS I exam with a new, more rigorous literacy and communications skill exam starting in January. As a result, educators who do not teach math no longer will have to pass a math test for their license.
New government data indicate English schools expelled 9,880 children in 2003-04, an increase of more than 6% over the previous year's 9,290 cases. While Schools Minister Jacqui Smith noted the government is taking a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behavior, Shadow Schools Minister Mark Hoban called the figures "further proof of the deteriorating standards of behavior in our schools."
The Educational Testing Services' fifth annual poll on Americans' attitudes toward public education finds only 9% of the general public believes high schools set high academic expectations for students, while more than half of respondents say students are "somewhat challenged" and a third feel they aren't challenged at all. Nearly 64% of the general public and 88% of the teachers polled say "broader society" is behind the problems facing high schools.
Denver officials want their next superintendent to boost student scores, reform schools and please system stakeholders, a difficult task for one individual. Of the three finalists, St. Paul, Minn., Superintendent Patricia Harvey may have the strongest credentials.
A four-year review by the American Educational Research Association finds little empirical evidence exists documenting the effectiveness of teacher tests, teacher accreditation programs and alternative certification methods. The group is calling for more studies to assess program impacts through a variety of methodologies.