Urban District Assessment of Mathematics 2011

If you are an educator–especially if you are an educational researcher–you should be frequenting the web site for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (nces.ed.gov) on a regular basis to view the latest nation-wide information on educational progress of students, containing information on both pre-K to 12, and post-secondary levels. This site has the facts on every conceivable education-related topic you could possible want to view. 

For those of you specifically interested in what is going on in American schools’ math programs, here is a wonderful publication from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). It can be downloaded free of charge from the link below. 

The Nation’s Report Card:
Trial Urban District Assessment Mathematics 2011

Representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade public school students from 21 urban districts participated in the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics. Eighteen of the districts participating in the 2011 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) participated in earlier assessment years, while three districts participated for the first time in 2011. Between 1,000 and 2,700 students in each district were assessed at grades 4 and 8.
December 2011
Author: National Center for Education Statistics

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ESL: Is Improvement at Hand?

On the US Department of Education’s blog post, titled: 
ED Wraps Up National Conversations on English Learner Education

Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH)

Who knew there are so many special offices/accounts dealing with educational issues? I feel like I’ve been missing the action somewhere along the line. All these “offices” are having/holding “conversations” and I didn’t even know anyone was talking!! It’s as though all the old “offices” in existence long before President G.W. Bush came into office have suddenly re-emerged under new names, or have been reborn and celebrated under old ones. Glad to see there have been conversations among these areas and others since April. It may only be a month’s worth of conversations, but I’m glad they’re occurring. 

ESL has been in need of serious revamping for decades. It’s good to see that the idea of putting together programs and creating adequate, appropriate testing are being seriously discussed again. I just wonder if the conversations will lead to action in my lifetime. I may be old, but I’m not that old yet. With the speed at which education normally moves, however, will I still be around when real change occurs?

Here’s the link:

ED Wraps Up National Conversations on English Learner Education