The Center Presents at NSBA’s 2010 Annual Conference

In case you didn’t get to Chicago for NSBA’s 2010 Annual Conference, or if you just missed the Center’s sessions, don’t fret, you can find the presentations here. To check out Patte Barth’s session Planning for Pre-Kindergarten: A Toolkit for School Boards just click here. For Jim Hull’s session Meeting the Needs of Special Education

Modified tests for Pennsylvania special ed students

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported on April 18 that the state of Pennsylvania is offering modified state tests in math for all special education students, and it is field-testing simplified-format tests in reading and science for this same group. The modified tests, called PSSA-M (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment-Modified), are offered in an effort to

NAEP 2009 reading results

This week, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading for 4th and 8th graders. The reading assessment focused on understanding written text, developing and interpreting meaning, and using meaning as appropriate to the text and situation. Results are provided for the

How good are your colleges?

Recently, we’ve been encouraging high schools to look at college-related data on their graduates for insights into how well their program prepares students for postsecondary success (see  “Chasing the college acceptance letter” ).  But preparing for college is just one side of the equation. Truth is, college grad rates vary a lot, even among institutions that admit academically similar students. And parents and students — not to mention