The NEA sued the Department of Education to obtain information about a provision in NCLB related to the protection of school employees' rights. Department officials said they would hand over documents by Friday.
Education Week examines the progress states have made over the last two years toward meeting NCLB's testing and reporting mandates. The magazine finds many states are having difficulty obtaining Education Department approval for their state plans and integrating their existing school rating systems with the law's accountability provisions.
In an editorial in The Des Moines Register, Des Moines schools chief Eric Witherspoon says NCLB's focus on accountability has raised student reading levels and reduced dropout rates. Nevertheless, he warns that over the next few years, federal rules will label many Iowa schools as "needing assistance," even if the schools are doing an excellent job.
The state approved a plan to institute block schedules in the county's middle schools this fall. The schedule, which calls for four 86-minute classes per day, is aimed to give students more time to learn, but some parents have objected, saying it doesn't allow for elective courses such as arts and music.
Houston schools are using a computer database called PASS to track students at risk of dropping out. School officials hope the technology will enable administrators to keep better track of dropout data.
Metro Atlanta schools have found it difficult to implement a provision of the No Child Left Behind Act designed to provide free tutoring services. Officials say many parents haven't requested additional help for their children and that too much red tape exists.