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.
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."
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.
British and Thai schools are sharing reform ideas as educators from both countries meet at the upcoming Thai-U.K. Education Festival this week. British experts take a field trip to a 4,000-student school where pupils start their days with an outdoor Buddhist ceremony and greet teachers with big smiles and a respectful bow.