The Radnor, Pa., school board launched an independent investigation into two cases of grade changing at a high school and a leak of an AP test to several high school seniors. District teachers requested the investigation be conducted.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates called on U.S. lawmakers to help strengthen U.S. high schools by creating a Center for State Education Data, bolstering math and science education and introducing more challenging standards. Gates also called for making the curriculum more relevant to today's increasingly technologically sophisticated students.
Colleen Dippel disconnected the loudspeaker; Jason Kamras, the 2005 national teacher of the year, limited assembly time; Jaime Escalante, of "Stand and Deliver" fame, avoided faculty meetings. A recent Education Sector study found each minute of the 6.5-hour school day is precious.
Statewide testing was halted Wednesday for thousands of Oregon students, due to continuing problems with the Web-based tests. If the test company cannot solve the problems by early next week, the state will have to decide whether to create substitute paper-and-pencil tests.
The lure of having the coolest igloo on the block may be teaching some young children that cheating is acceptable. At the increasingly popular children's virtual-world site ClubPenguin.com, cheating has gone mainstream, with some children downloading software and consulting blogs that help them to pad their virtual pockets with ill-gotten gold coins instead of earning their way fairly.