NH school officials to come to Nashua, discuss testing status

October 29, 2008

NASHUA, NH–The state’s top two education officials will be on hand next week to meet with school board members and administrators to discuss the district’s corrective action status. State Commissioner of Education Lyonel Tracy and Deputy Commissioner Mary Heath will be at the meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 full story
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D65 subgroups fail to meet federal mandates

October 22, 2008

EVANSTON, IL–Administrators at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 have filed an appeal after failing to meet standards for the No Child Left Behind Act for the first time in three years. The appeal alleges the district was unfairly hurt by a change in the test given to “limited English proficient” students. In past years, these students were able to take a less complex test. full story

Growing number of English learners in county threatens pass-rate progress

October 15, 2008

SAN DIEGO, CA–Local schools are enrolling a growing number of students who don’t speak English – students who typically fare poorly on standardized tests – at a time when the federal No Child Left Behind Act calls for unprecedented test score gains. Nearly 123,000 students in San Diego County public schools are classified as English learners, up from nearly 116,000 two years ago. full story

Under ‘No Child’ Law, Even Solid Schools Falter

October 15, 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA–Prairie Elementary School had not missed a testing target since the federal No Child Left Behind law took effect in 2002. Until now. The school, perched on a tidy, oak-shaded campus in a working-class neighborhood here, has moved each of its student groups — Hispanics, blacks, Asians, whites, American Indians, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, English learners, full story