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Seven elements for effective community-school partnerships

Seven elements for effective community-school partnerships

The phrase "It takes a village" is at the heart of a school reform movement called partnerships for learning, which aims to integrate community resources with local schools to educate…

Gates Foundation: Test scores not enough for teacher evaluation

Gates Foundation: Test scores not enough for teacher evaluation

After three years of research on measuring teacher effectiveness, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Jan. 8 that it takes multiple measures to most accurately evaluate teachers.…

States nervous about new Common Core school standards

In Kentucky this year, the percentage of elementary and middle-school students who rated "proficient" or better on statewide math and reading tests declined by about a third. Kentucky high schoolers…

Quality of Texas teachers dropping with low pay

The quality of Texas' teachers is dropping largely because of low pay in a competitive market, an expert economist testified Tuesday in the public school finance trial, the Associated Press…

Fla. teachers score well in new state eval system

Nearly 97 percent of Florida teachers were rated as "effective" or "highly effective" under a controversial new evaluation system released by state officials Wednesday, but within hours they acknowledged there…

Young teachers drawn to kids, career starts tricky

Jordan McNeil offered skills in high demand by public schools when she graduated from college with a dual major in special education and elementary education in 2011, the Associated Press…

How effective are student surveys in teacher evaluations?

How effective are student surveys in teacher evaluations?

Student surveys about their classroom teachers have merit and could be useful, but school leaders should take care to not be too influenced by student feedback, according to a new…

More training is key to better school data use

More training is key to better school data use

Schools and districts have come a long way in gathering and analyzing data to help boost student achievement, but according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign (DQC),…

Traditional or charter schools? Actually, they help each other, study says

Charter schools are not a silver bullet for education reform, a new report says, but applying the best practices from some charter schools to low-performing public schools may increase student…

Charters draw students from private schools, study finds

Charters draw students from private schools, study finds

Charter schools are pulling in so many onetime private school students that they are placing an ever-greater burden on taxpayers, who must fund an already strained public education system, according…

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