North Carolina's annual report of school performance, released Oct. 4, shows that more students are passing the state's test but that schools still are having difficulty sustaining the progress evident in the early years of the state's ABCs of Public Education accountability effort. The main concern now is to determine why there is a high number of schools that didn't meet growth targets.
The National Commission on the High School Senior Year recommended Oct. 4 that every high school senior complete a substantial research project, perform an internship or take college-level courses, based on concerns that the last year of high school too often is wasted. The panel also urged states to adopt a unified approach to education from pre-school through college. Many education experts applaud the report for highlighting the problem of students graduating without enough skills.
According to a study by the Software and Industry Association, as tech companies feel the pinch of the cooling economy, educators will have a smaller, yet more focused, pool for choosing educational software. The report also finds that schools are spending more and more on software.
A Standard & Poor's study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Education has found that the Philadelphia School District has not seen a corresponding rise in test scores for the money spent on improving the school system.
The Department of Education disbursed more than $50 million in grants Oct. 4-5 to improve education. The largest grant -- more than $38 million -- will go to 20 communities to foster children's development and prevent youth violence. The next-largest grant -- $9.6 million -- will be given to better the skills of early childhood teachers, and the third, a $3.5 million grant, will go to the Knowledge Is Power program.