Curriculum Administrator

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 8, August

Before It's Too Late. (Standards)
In the old days, a fifth-grade teacher who administered a standardized test in May waited for the results in October to discover a student was still mis-multiplying fractions. By then, it was too late to intervene; the student was already in middle...
Coming to a Classroom near You: One Seventh Grader's Journey Includes Learning Math through Scooby-Doo. (Speaking Out)
At our annual family dinner to celebrate the end of another school year, each of our children reflected upon the lessons learned and the obstacles overt come during the previous 10 months. Our seventh-grade daughter, who will be referred to by the...
Computer Driven: This Urban Administrator Gives Children a Head Start with a High-Tech Vision. (Administrator Profile)
Angela Caruso had a vision two decades ago that set her apart from most others in her field. A former student in Newark, N.J., public schools, Caruso pursued her career in the same district and brought with her what could be a crystal ball of sorts....
CTB/McGraw-Hill and Missouri Pilot Online Test Grading Initiative. (Technology Update)
In an effort to make the state's achievement tests easier to tabulate, 24 teachers from around Missouri this summer graded Missouri Assessment Program tests online. Only a small percentage of tests were handled this way under the pilot program,...
High Stakes Testing: Debating the Standards Movement. (Standards)
"Anyone who opposes annual testing of students is an apologist for a broken system of education that dismisses certain children and classes of children as unteachable," asserts Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education, in virtually any forum he can....
High Standards for All: School Accountability and More Frequent Tests Can Lead to Improved Student Performance. (U.S. Secretary of Education)
Several months ago, both houses of Congress passed bills calling for the most revolutionary reform of the federal role in education since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Based on the president's plan for education reform, "No Child...
Making Standards Work. (Editor's Letter)
There may not be a more complex, polarizing issue in education today than standards. Indeed in this issue of Curriculum Administrator alone, a variety of people--from Rod Paige to Alfie Kohn to Mickey Revenaugh and other educators--tackle this subject...
Meeting Colleagues Online: Here Are Some Ways to Extend Your Professional Reach through Web-Based Communities. (the Online Edge)
One of my greatest privileges in doing Web-based staff development programs in school systems throughout the United States is working with some of the most talented and dedicated technology coordinators. These too-often unheralded education leaders...
Microchip Giant Intel Teams with Accelerated Schools Project to Offer Technology Training to 3,600 K-12 Teachers. (Technology Update)
Earmarking millions of dollars toward the effort, and with a huge donation of software from Microsoft, Intel recently launched a teacher training initiative with the Accelerated Schools Project. More than 3,600 K-12 teachers will receive free technology...
Ordering Curriculum to Go: Distance Learning and Online Curriculum Packages Offer School Districts Many Ways to Boost Their Class Offerings
Prediction: Classrooms without teachers, often without fellow students where all assignments are completed via electronic connection to remote instructors; where students spend their school days in front of computers instead of a live human being;...
Overhauling an Early Education Program; How One District Reversed the Fortunes of Its Elementary Students by Creating a Full-Day Preschool and Kindergarten Program. (Early Education)(Cover Story)
When Michael J. Frechette started his job as superintendent of the economically disadvantaged Norwich (Conn.) Public Schools more than four years ago, he yearned to revamp the elementary curriculum. His vision wasn't about bringing in more tests...
Raising Minority Achievement: This District Boosted Poor Test Scores by Increasing Class Time, Enhancing Academics and Pinpointing Learning Plans for Each Child. (District Profile)
It was during the 1998-99 school year when students in Fairfax County, Va., took the state's Standards of Learning test; their results gave the administrators and teachers something to gasp about. The good news is that about 114 schools in Fairfax...
Seven Questions with NSTA's Executive Director Gerald Wheeler. (Science)
Q: What trends in science education should administrators recognize? A: The trends continue to be focused on reform. Released in 1996, the National Science Education Standards, which established inquiry-based learning as the key to effective science...
Spread the Word: As Support for Foreign Language Learning in Elementary Schools Grows, Experts in the Field Urge Districts to Look, Listen and Learn-Since a Well-Planned Program Is the Best Recipe for Success. (Early Education)
It's not uncommon for administrators to look back on their own educational experiences when making decisions. But when it comes to the experience of foreign language classes, the memories often shed dark light over a bright idea. "I took four years...
Study Spurs More Debate on How to Teach Reading. (Language Arts)
The education community had mixed reactions to a recent study on reading, which analyzed student scores based on factors such as how much they read at school and at home, how often they discuss what they read and how often they receive reading help...
Summer School Attendance Is Up Significantly in Chicago and Baltimore; 60,000 to Attend This Year. (News Connection)
More than 29,000 of Chicago's 430,000 public school students are required to attend summer school this year before they can go on to the next grade, according to school officials. Baltimore faces virtually the same problem with about 30,000 students...
Survey: Americans Say Many Teachers Are Incompetent. (Teacher Quality)
Approximately 95 percent of adults in the U.S. say there are various levels of widespread incompetence among K-12 teachers throughout the nation, but they are optimistic that the teaching force will improve, according to a new survey released by the...
Survey: As Pressures Increase, More High School Students Turn to Cheating. (News Connection)
According to a recent three-quarters of the nation's high school students admit to cheating at least once or regularly in the past year, an alarmingly high percentage that the author of the study says may not decrease any time soon. By all accounts,...
Urban Schools Show Progress in Math and Reading, Study Says. (News Connection)
Students in the nation's 55 largest urban districts are making solid strides in math and reading, according to data tabulated by the Council of the Great City Schools. In a report titled "Beating the Odds," the council says that of the 55 districts--located...
When Mega-Trends Converge: What Do Technology and Testing Have to Do with One Another? (21St Century Assessment)
If you had to pick the two driving forces that shape today's schools--that make education in the 21st century different from what went before--you'd be on safe ground if you chose assessment and technology. TESTING, TESTING, 123 ... More and more,...
WRC Media Inks Deal with ThinkBox to Boost Internet Presence. (Technology Update)
Companies looking to expand into new markets---or further into markets where they already have a presence--is certainly nothing new in the education arena. You don't need to look past the pages of this magazine to see stories of McGraw-Hill buying...
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