Phi Delta Kappan

Founded in 1915, the Phi Delta Kappan is a professional policy journal for K-12 educators and is owned and published by Phi Delta Kappa International. Also referred to as the Kappan, the journal runs concurrently with the U.S. school year, with issues being released September to May and a combined December/January issue. The Kappan's editorial headquarters are located in Bloomington, Ind.The Kappan has a circulation of 33,000 subscribers and publishes articles directed to an audience of K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, school district administrators and professors. Founded in 1906 to serve all members of the educational community, the journal's owner, Phi Delta Kappa International, maintains a large network of campus-based chapters with members in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Articles within the journal primarily address issues related to educational research, service and leadership. Examples of specialized topics within these articles include information on inclusion, class size, testing, tenure, professional certification and alternative school systems. In addition to featured articles, each year the journal publishes results of the Phi Delta Kappa International "Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools."In June of 2010,the APEX 2010 Awards honored Phi Delta Kappan's Editor-in-Chief, Joan Richardson, and Design Director, Carol Bucheri, for Publication Excellence. Richardson received a Grand Award for her Kappan column, "The Editor's Note," and Bucheri received an APEX Award of Excellence in the Best Redesigns category–an award category that includes highly competitive submissions from a wide range of professional journals, newspapers, newsletters, annual reports, brochures and websites. The Editor-in-Chief of the Phi Delta Kappan is Joan Richardson. David M. Ruetschlin is Managing Editor and Carol Bucheri is Design Director.

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 7, March

Against Ability Grouping ... Again
IN HIS 1990 best-evidence synthesis on tracking in secondary schools, Robert Slavin of Johns Hopkins University concluded that, when research on tracking compares homogeneous groups with heterogeneous groups, tracking holds no advantage. When research...
A Study in Change: Transforming the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
How has John Murphy, superintendent of schools in Charlotte, managed to restore that city's faith in its public schools? The authors chronicle the process and summarize the lessons to be learned. ONCE American schools were the world's best. But...
Better Tests and Testing Practices: Options for Policy Makers
The issues discussed in this article -- appropriate test use and continued funding of research -- must be kept high on the policy and planning agendas of any agency or level of government involved in testing or in the implementation of new assessment...
Bold Proposals for 1993
A NATIONAL preoccupation with the sluggish economy, coupled with the staggering growth in state expenditures for health care, has left education funding suffering from a bad case of "low expectations." Throughout the past election campaign, politicians...
Building Teams to Rebuild Schools
Education might be improved by the formation of a nucleus of committed people in each school, people prepared to take risks inside and outside their own classrooms. Mr. Maeroff provides the details. ATTEMPTS to make teachers the agents of change...
Do America's Schools Need a 'Dow Jones Index'?
Although public schooling is often the focus of America's measurement mania, we have yet to devise a comprehensive and useful indicator of the state of U. S. education. Mr. Guthrie argues for the creation of a national education index and suggests...
Everyone Is an Exception: Assumptions to Avoid in the Sex Education Classroom
More often than not, the teachers who are assigned to teach courses in sex education have little or no professional preparation to do so. Taking account of the difficulties inherent in the situation, Ms. Krueger provides helpful advice about how not...
How Old Is the Shepherd? an Essay about Mathematics Education
U.S. students go through school with serious misconceptions about mathematics. According to Ms. Merseth, parents, the popular media, and the schools themselves reinforce these mistaken notions. EACH WEEKDAY during the school year, some 25 million...
Lessons from the Failure of a Student Loan Guarantor
The student loan option remains a useful adjunct to federal grants, work/study programs, and cooperative education programs, Mr. Cronin points out. But excesses of enthusiasm for student loans in the 1980s created problems, from which he derives at...
Money Matters
EVER SINCE the Coleman Report appeared in 1966, conservative critics of schools have rallied round the claim that there is no relationship between money and schooling outcomes. And while the Coleman Report was attacked on numerous methodological grounds,...
Monitoring the Nation's Educational Health
In looking anew at the kinds of statistics that best convey important truths about U. S. education, a panel appointed by the National Center for Education Statistics rejected most conventional notions of indicators. This article details the panel's...
Schools, Society, and 'Teen' Pregnancy
Society increasingly expects the schools to transmit values to our young people. But, as Mr. Males points out, the schools have no control over adults, who are not only powerful role models but actual parties to the very behaviors the schools are trying...
Talking Mathematics: 'Going Slow' and 'Letting Go.'
It is often necessary to "let go" of the planned goal or lesson in order to pursue important mathematical ideas through classroom discourse, these authors remind us. FOR THE PAST three years 12 elementary teachers have been involved with TERC (Technical...
Teams Work
SCHOOLWIDE improvement was the furthest thing from our minds. As members of the sixth-grade team at University School in Bloomington, Indiana, we wanted only to provide the best education possible for the 100 or so youngsters entrusted to us each year....
The Judge in Judgment
SINCE 1 September 1984, in accordance with legislation relating to education reform, all students in Texas have been required to perform satisfactorily on all sections of a "secondary exit level assessment instrument" in order to graduate from high...
The Single European Market and Teacher Mobility
THE YEAR 1993 has to be seen as a key year for Europe. Open borders and opportunities for relocation are becoming realities. Almost 90% of the 282 laws needed to abolish borders within the European Community (EC) and to create the so-called four freedoms...
Wanted: AIDS Education That Works
Large numbers of our adolescent students have already been infected with HIV and are now unknowingly infecting others. If the education community fails to address the HIV epidemic with unprecedented energy, Mr. Popham warns, we are surely sentencing...
Why Wait to Improve the School-to-Work Transition?
REMEMBER the childhood game "Mother, May I?" You could throw your limbs around in wild contortions as long as you first asked permission. Viewed in the light of years of learning about psychological and social theories, this requirement seems like...
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