student achievement

As classes resume, Buffalo schools have little time left for major improvement

As schools open again in Western New York over the next few days, something new is in the air, especially for troubled school districts like Buffalo’s. It’s something that is very good for students, but perhaps not for administrators who can’t or won’t find their way forward.

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Utah schools get first letter grades

For the first time, Utah’s traditional and charter public schools have received letter grades of A through F — hailed by lawmakers as a move toward transparency and decried by educators as an unfair, one-size-fits-all ranking.

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Debate: Do we need the Common Core standards in public schools?

Are the Common Core standards really necessary? Or just another case of federal overreach?

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California test scores fall, but Silicon Valley schools dominate state top tier

Taking their first dip after years of steady gains, Academic Performance Index scores in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties fell by a point this year, reflecting a statewide decline in scores released Thursday.

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A tale of two Boston schools

In a struggling neighborhood filled with kids from struggling families, two of the city’s worst-performing schools are on diverging paths. Orchard Gardens, the turnaround success, gets all the press. The Higginson/Lewis gets whatever’s left over.

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A proposal for five all-girl tech schools in NYC

To close the gender gap in city science classrooms, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would create five new science schools exclusively for girls.

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Most schools miss top ranking in Michigan's new scorecard

Only 13 schools in Metro Detroit — and 78 statewide — earned the highest rating possible on the state’s new reporting system for school performance, according to data from the state’s new accountability system for public schools.

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Jeb Bush vs. Matt Damon on schools and testing

Here is an unlikely duel: It's Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, vs. Matt Damon, actor and activist, over school accountability measures.

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North Carolina schools chief says test scores will drop this year

Public schools’ standardized test scores will drop this year, June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction, said Monday.

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New York mayoral candidates see Cincinnati as model for schools

In search of a cure for ailing schools, educators and politicians from around the world have descended on this city’s poorest neighborhoods, hearing of a renaissance.

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