The test has come under fire for being too difficult, which raises questions about the math curriculum in New York's schools. Some educators say the test illustrates that some schools are ill-equipped to teach concept-based math.
The Knowledge is Power Program offers low-income students the right mix of academic challenge, good teaching and discipline, and should be adopted by more low-income schools, columnist Jay Matthews says.
The newly reconstituted Los Angeles Board of Education held its first meeting to discuss how to raise student achievement, promote schools safety, slow teacher turnover and comply with the No Child Left Behind Act. With state funds drying up, the board could face a tough road ahead.
School districts in the state raised taxes just before Monday's deadline, a move many residents protested. While residents said additional taxes would be too great a financial burden to bear, schools say the state government's proposed budget leaves them little choice.
To reach today's increasingly tech-savvy children, teachers are finding that they have to retire their chalk in favor of more high-tech teaching methods. To reach that end, technology training is becoming a larger part of professional development.