The Seattle Times reports that Washington state educators and lawmakers are concerned the proposed federal education bill will saddle the state's school system with excessive testing. Furthermore, critics say, the federal government hasn't decided who will bear the approximately $9 million annual price tag for administering the new tests.
A Harris Poll released Oct. 2 showed that educators and students had different opinions of the level of teachers' expectations for poor and minority teens. Some 56% of secondary school principals strongly believe that teachers had high expectations for students, but only 25% of their students agreed. The survey also shows that educators in schools with a higher number of minorities had lower expectations for their students than colleagues in other schools.
Connecticut's State Board of Education voted 7-1 on Oct. 3 to lower by a few points the passing score for its math-teacher licensing exam, which 30% of prospective teachers fail. Schools across the state are facing a shortage of math teachers, and educators say Connecticut's cut-off score -- one of the highest in the nation -- has been a barrier to some candidates.
Figures released Oct. 3 by the Illinois State Board of Education show that for the first time in the state's history, a local school superintendent earned more than $300,000 in salary and bonuses in 2000-2001, and another 15 superintendents earned more than $200,000.