Caution Urged in Using 'Value Added' Evaluations for Teachers

Top researchers studying new "value added" or "growth index" models for measuring a teacher's contribution to student achievement completely agree on one thing: These methods should be used in staff-evaluation systems with more caution than they have been so far.

Miami-Dade School District Wins Top National Education Award

One of the nation's top education prizes was won by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools for its dramatic gains in achievements by black and Hispanic students and for raising academic standards across the board.

Colo. Teacher Training Program Praised

Colo. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia visited the Pueblo Monday to praise a training program that will hopefully bring and help retain teachers in classrooms across the San Luis Valley.

Texas Hispanic Leaders Oppose $163M Schools Bond

A dozen Midland, Texas, Hispanic leaders are opposing a $163-million elementary schools bond proposition.

University of Phoenix Closing 115 Locations

Apollo Group Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income tumbled 60 percent, hurt by higher costs and declining enrollment at the University of Phoenix. To cope, the for-profit education company plans to close 115 of the university's mostly smaller locations, a move that will affect 13,000 students.

Twitter Said to Improve Student Learning

Twitter, the 140-character chat site where celebrities can talk to their fans, has become a format that is improving student learning, a U.S. researcher says.

Online Academy Takes Learning Beyond School Day

An online school is expanding Hamilton students' technology knowledge and helping teachers provide more specific remediation.

Ohio Colleges Still Lag in Minorities, Officials Say

Several Ohio college admissions officials say minority groups, including blacks, Latinos and American Indians, remain underrepresented on their campuses.

Colleges On Affirmative Action Alert as Court Battles Loom

In 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of race as a consideration in admissions at U-M law school, but threw out the undergraduate admissions system that awarded extra points to Hispanics and other minority students.

Minorities Make Largest Gains on AP Tests

Hispanic and African-Americans in Texas public schools made the largest gains on their Advanced Placement test performance last school year, the Texas Education Agency announced Tuesday.

Florida Sets Reading, Math Goals Based on Race, Ethnicity

Florida is setting different goals for reading improvements among its students -- based on race and ethnicity. By 2018, 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanic students, and 74 percent of black students are to be reading on grade level.

Common Core Catches on With Private Schools

With all but four states having adopted them since 2010, districts have little choice but to implement the Common Core State Standards. But many private schools are also making the transition.

Princeton Review's Annual Law and Business School Rankings Released

The Princeton Review has released its annual guides to law and business schools. The lists also include rankings based on student surveys.

Parent Trigger Law Proposed in Okla.

A parent trigger law -- as portrayed in the movie "Won't Back Down" -- may be on the horizon for Oklahoma.

Esperanza Gets $2M Grant to Form Middle School

At Esperanza Academy, which serves 750 students in N. Philadelphia, about 17 percent of the majority-Hispanic student body speaks English as a second language.

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