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Briefings Newsupdate PeoPle Watch GoinG to K.C. broad Superintendents Academy graduate John Covington will be the next superintendent of the Kansas City (Mo.) School District, its 26th leader since 1969. Since 2006 he has been superintendent of Pueblo (Colo.) City Schools. new SeCurity Chief Michael Shields has been appointed the new director of security for Chicago Public Schools, which has seen a record number of students die violently this school year. Shields is a cousin of Michelle Obama. by Don Parker-burgard Report Card Shows Gains, Lingering Achievement Gap The release of The NaTioN’s Report Card: Trends in academic Progress in Reading and Mathematics 2008 was greeted by education advocates with joy for its demonstration of higher achievement among most groups tested, but also with disappointment for its clear evidence that achievement gaps persist and that scores for 17-year-olds have remained stagnant since the 1970s. In reading and math, 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds showed modest gains from 2004, and more substantial gains from 1971 and 1973, the first time students were tested in reading and math, respectively. although blacks and hispanics have narrowed the gap with whites in both subjects since the 1970s, this trend has not continued since 2004, except in reading scores for black 9- and 13-yearolds and hispanic 9-year-olds. Critics point to the results from 17year-olds as proof that high schools have failed to sustain the momentum students have developed in elementary and middle school. Michael Cohen, president of achieve, says on the education reform organization’s Web site that the data on 17-year-olds “confirms what employers, college professors and high school graduates themselves are saying: that there is an expectations gap between what we expect of high school students and what it takes to be successful after graduation.” Math ed VP Peggy Pawloski has been named vice president of professional services for Carnegie Learning, a publisher of researchbased math solutions for K12 and higher education students. Pawloski spent 13 years with Scholastic. a diStriCt diSaSter? Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager robert Bobb has asked the federal government to put the district under a “special presidential emergency declaration,” a step typically taken only after a natural disaster. GoV. JoinS Board Arne Duncan has appointed Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to the 26-member National Assessment Governing board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation’s Report Card. But is the news about 17-year-olds all bad? Peggy G. Carr, associate commissioner in the assessment Division of the National Center for education statistics doesn’t think so. In an online chat shortly after the report was released, she explained that the data on 17-year-olds is an example of what statisticians call simpson’s Paradox. scores for white, black and hispanic students were all higher than in the 1970s, but the composite score remained flat because the lowest-scoring groups—blacks and hispanics—constituted a greater proportion of the student population in 2008 than they did in the 1970s. still, the fact that black and hispanic students showed few significant gains in all three age groups since 2004, despite NClB, is sure be a factor when congressional discussion on NClB reauthorization is revived. thE bROADbAND tEChNOLOGY OPPORtUNItIES PROGRAM, ADMINIStERED by the Commerce Department’s National telecommunications and Information Administration, has $4.7 billion in grants through the federal stimulus package to give for expanding broadband coverage in underserved areas. A similar program from the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service will distribute $2.5 billion in grants and loans. Schools and districts are among the organizations that can apply for these funds. Broadband Funding Opportunities 10 June/July 2009 District Administration

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - June 2009

District Administration - June 2009
Contents
From the Editor
News Update
Stimulus Monitor
District Profile
Admin Profile
Crisis Response
Tech Disruptions
A Deeper Shade of Green
The New School Lunch
Business Brings Sustainable Lessons to School
A Netbook for Every Student
Vision Videos Empower Students
New Books
How Well Does This Web Site Work?
New Products
Problem Solution
Online Edge

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