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A Guide to Grade School - Find out what you can expect from your child's grade school curriculum, learn about the latest developments in educational trends, and find out what you can do to foster and encourage a love of learning in your child and make the grade school years full of fun and exploration.
Academic Performance Index (API) - Summary reports and information of the Academic Performance Index (API) for California schools, searchable by county, district, and school. Included are results for California Stanford 9 STAR tests for 1998-2001, the Spanish Assessment of Basic Education (SABE/2) test results, score explanations and comparisons, and more.
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) - Accredits private and public colleges that provide students two-year education programs and confer the associate degree "The ACCJC reflects the interests of the ruling class and its current campaign against public education. It is not a public body, and its primary officials are essentially perpetual self-appointees. Operated by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, its board combines representatives drawn from public, religious, private and charter schools, along with state education departments." -Julien Kiemle, WSWS.
American Council on Education (ACE) - ACE is a forum for the discussion of major issues related to higher education and its potential to contribute to the quality of American life. Its approximately 1,800 members include accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities from all sectors of higher education and other education and education-related organizations.
Awesome Library - K-12 education directory that organizes over 14,000 carefully reviewed resources.
Berkeley Blog, The - More than 200 UC Berkeley professors and scholars share their thoughts on topical national and global issues.
Bibliography of the History of American Education - Bibliography by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor emeritus Jurgen Herbst covers the historical literature of American education. It is organized in four sections: General Works, The Colonial Period, From Revolution to Reconstruction, and America in the Urban Age.
Boston Education Justice Alliance - Students, educators, parents, school staff, and concerned community members deeply tied to the neighborhoods of Boston and committed to building a stronger and better public school system.
British Education Index - Provides full-text access to reports, working papers, and conference documents that support educational research, policy, and practice.
Brown v. Board of Education Digital Archive - This archive contains documents and images which chronicle events surrounding this historically significant case up to the present. The archive is divided into four main areas of interest: Supreme Court cases; busing and school integration efforts in northern urban areas; school integration in the Ann Arbor Public School District; and recent resegregation trends in American schools.
California Department of Education - Teaching, learning and technology; state and school finance and statistical data; health and nurtition programs; special alternative and continuing education. Also see:
California Faculty Association (CSA) - Union of 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches who teach in the California State University (CSU) system. Advocate for the CSU at the California State Legislature and in all public arenas.
California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) - Assistance for students and schools with the administration of the CAHSEE. Beginning with the Class of 2006, all public school students are required to pass the exam to earn a high school diploma.
California State Board of Education - Adopts core academic content standards in four curriculum areas for kindergarten through grade 12: English-language arts, mathematics, history-social science, and science.
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. - A coalition of parent organizations, community school boards, concerned citizens and advocacy groups seeking to reform New York State's school finance system to ensure adequate resources and the opportunity for a sound basic education for all students in New York City.
Campus Legal Information Clearinghouse - Information and materials on specific topics of U.S. federal higher education legal compliance and issues, including such topics as: ADA Compliance, Campus Security, Copyright, Employment, Environment, FERPA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Harassment, IDEA Scholarships, Immigration, Religious Issues,Research & Patents, Student Life Issues, Tax.
Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) - Committed to improving the body of empirical evidence about education reform and student performance at the primary and secondary levels. Established at the University of Rochester in 1999 and relocated to Stanford University one year later, CREDO has become a leading independent voice in the discussion of how to improve education in America, with an emphasis on program and policy analysis as the means of informing and improving education decision making. Also see Research Reports.
Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) - A nonprofit research and action institute dedicated to advancing economic equity for working people and diverse communities throughout the San Diego region. CPI works to increase access to good jobs and quality healthcare, and to improve conditions for low-wage workers and families.
Charter School Scandals - A compilation of news articles about charter schools which have been charged with, or are highly suspected of, tampering with admissions, grades, attendance and testing; misuse of funds and embezzlement; engaging in nepotism and conflicts of interest; engaging in complicated and shady real estate deals; and/or have been engaging in other questionable, unethical, borderline-legal, or illegal activities.
Chef Ann Cooper - The Renegade Lunch Lady, whose life's work is to transform how we feed our children in school each day, from highly processed to highly nourishing food - one school lunch at a time.
Class Size Matters - Avocates for smaller classes in NYC's public schools and the nation as a whole.
Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) - A group of higher education associations, disciplinary associations, and faculty organizations committed to working on the issues associated with the deteriorating faculty working conditions and their effect on the success of college and university students in the United States.
College Affordability and Transparency Center - Includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America's colleges and universities. The Center includes several lists of institutions based on the tuition and fees and net prices (the price of attendance after considering all grant and scholarship aid) charged to students.
College Board Advocacy and Policy Center - Official page. Also see Wikipedia: "As there are no broadly accepted alternatives to the College Board's AP, SAT Subject Test, and CSS/Financial Aid products, the company is often criticized as exploiting its monopoly on these products."
Common Core State Standards Initiative - A state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.
College Board - Promotes excellence and equity in education through programs for K-12 and higher education institutions, and by providing students a path to college opportunities, including financial support and scholarships.
Condition of Education, The - An indicator report summarizing the health of education, monitoring important developments, and showing trends in major aspects of education. The 65 indicators included examine relationships; show changes over time; compare or contrast sub-populations, regions, or countries; or assess characteristics of students from different backgrounds and types of schools.
EdSource - Independent, nonpartisan California nonprofit specializes in clarifying complex education topics and policy choices through balanced analyses of education issues and accurate education data.
Education Activist Net - UK group of educationalists, lecturers, and students who campaign against cuts in adult, further and higher education. Committed to working alongside trade unions and the National Union of Students as well as call independent initiatives.
Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA) - Organizers, educator organizations, community groups, professional associations, civil rights organizations, and government agencies committed to protecting the civil rights of marginalized students.
EDUCAUSE - A nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Also see EDUCAUSE Review.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide - Scholars and students from various disciplines dedicated to protecting the human rights and academic freedom of colleagues around the world. Dedicated to raising public awareness and support for intellectuals, academics, researchers, and students who have been threatened, silenced, or imprisoned simply for doing their scholarly work or speaking out against the injustices around them.
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) - Provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week. If available, links to full text are included.
EURYDICE - Provides information on and analyses of European education systems and policies.
FAFSA - A fee-based preparation and advisory company providing expertise and Internet utilities to make filing the college financial aid application, known as the FAFSA, quick and accurate. While filing a federal student aid form is free on the U.S. Department of Education website, the process isn't easy. The government has stated that the 137 tax, dependency, and other financial questions can be more complicated than filing federal income tax forms.
Fair Test - Works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.
FinAid - A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) - The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience-the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE's core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.
Hechinger Report, The - Covers inequality and innovation in education. Stories take readers into classrooms and onto campuses to show how students and teachers are affected by decisions made in city halls, state legislatures and Washington, D.C.
Higher Ed Not Debt - A multi-year campaign of dozens of organizations dedicated to tackling the crippling and ever-growing issue of student loan debt in America.
HomeRoom - Official blog of the U.S. Department of Education.
Horizon - Informs educators about the challenges that they will face in a changing world and steps they can take to meet these challenges. Towards this goal Horizon provides a wealth of links (in its Educational On-Ramp section) to valuable Web data sources that provide historical data and informed discussion related to the future of education.
Inside Higher Ed - News, opinion, career advice and services for all of higher education.
Intelligent Design on Trial - PBS NOVA documentary on teaching of evolution in Dover, Pennsylvania, and parents filing a lawsuit against the town's school board in federal court.
Internet and Higher Education - A quarterly journal designed to reach those faculty, staff, and administrators charged with the responsibility of enhancing instructional practices and productivity via the use of Information Technology (IT) and the Internet.
Language Policy Web Site and Emporium - James Crawford's reporting on the English Only movement, English Plus, bilingual education, efforts to save endangered languages, and language rights in the U.S.
Leave My Child Alone - Buried deep within the No Child Left Behind Act is a provision that requires public high schools to hand over private student information to military recruiters. The purpose of this invasion of family privacy is to allow minor students to be recruited at home by telephone calls, mail and personal visits. If a school does not comply, it risks losing vital federal education funds. The only way to keep your children's contact information from military recruiters is to submit an "opt-out" letter in writing to your school district's superintendent.
Librotraficante - Latino-rights activists are challenging Arizona’s ban on school books and courses that provide students with information about Mexican-American history and culture.
Living in Dialogue - Anthony Cody blogging on education reform and teaching for change and deep learning.
Marion Brady - Teacher educator, consultant to publishers, states, and foundations, contributor to academic journals, author of textbooks, professional books, and courses of study, newspaper columnist, and visitor to schools across America and abroad.
National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy (NCPSP) - Works to prohibit the automatic release of student information to military recruiting services gathered through the administration of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program in high schools across the country.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Search form Search (SARA) - The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.
National Education Policy Center (NEPC) - Mission of the NEPC is to produce and disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. We are guided by the belief that the democratic governance of public education is strengthened when policies are based on sound evidence.
National Equity Project (NEP) - A regional network of elementary and secondary schools committed to working toward equal educational outcomes for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, language, class, or gender. Provides comprehensive services to build culture, conditions, and competencies for excellence and equity in districts, schools, classrooms, nonprofits, and communities.
National Union of Students - A confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through its member students' unions, it represents the interests of more than seven million students.
NetHappenings - Education mailing list distributing announcements about eduction-related resources.
Network for Public Education (NPE) - Works to preserve, promote, improve and strengthen public schools for both current and future generations of students. Founded in 2013 by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody.
Next Generation Science Standards - New standards are being drafted based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which was developed by the National Research Council, the staffing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, and released in July 2011. The vision laid out in the Framework identifies what students need to know and be able to do to be a functional citizen, which includes being scientifically literate and an effective member of the U.S. workforce.
Panorama - A data analytics company focused on K-12 education. Helps school districts, charter networks, and state governments conduct surveys of students, parents, teachers, and staff.
Parents for Public Schools - A National organization of community-based chapters working in public schools through broad-based enrollment. Invigorated by a diverse membership, our proactive involvement helps public schools attract all families in a community by making sure all schools effectively serve all children. Also see Parents for Public Schools - San Francisco.
Plagiarism - Information on Internet plagiarism and how Turnitin and iThenticate are used by educators and content creators to fight plagiarism and restore integrity to written work.
Princeton Review - Helps students, parents, and educators deal with the increasingly competitive and complex process of admissions to college and graduate school: test preparation services, admissions services, K-12 services.
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) - A triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. To date, students representing more than 70 economies have participated in the assessment. Also see Wikipedia entry.
PTA Second District (Parent Teacher Association - San Francisco) - The Second District is PTA at the county level. Chartered in 1907, it encompasses all of San Francisco County, California - 8900 members strong. Works in partnership with the San Francisco County Office of Education, and provides parental input on a variety of issues.
RAND Research Area: Education and the Arts - Covers issues such as assessment and accountability, choice-based and standards-based school reform, vocational training, and the value of arts education and policy in sustaining communities and promoting a well-rounded community.
Rethinking Schools - Rethinking Schools began as a local effort to address problems such as basal readers, standardized testing, and textbook-dominated curriculum. It has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials, with subscribers in all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and many other countries.
Save CCSF - On July 3rd, 2013, the private Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges-the ACCJC- announced that it would keep City College of San Francisco (CCSF) on "show cause," planning to terminate accreditation in July 2014. The Herculean efforts of the college over a short nine months were rejected as inadequate. The threat of closure could become real unless the College can turn itself inside out and meet the commission's demands; work out a transfer of jurisdiction to another district; appeal successfully to the self-same commission; or unless a movement can mobilize politically and legally. Since loss of accreditation is really a death penalty for a college, in essence the ACCJC action manufactured a crisis, deepening the atmosphere of emergency that had hung over the college since the ACCJC put it on "show cause" in July of 2012.
SchoolBook - News, data and conversation about schools in New York City. Published by the New York Times.
Shankar Blog - The vocie of the Albert Shanker Institute, which sponsors research, promotes discussions, and seeks new and workable approaches to the issues that will shape the future of democracy, education, and unionism.
Smithsonian Education - Educational information, activities and resources for educators, families, and students. Educational materials emphasize inquiry based learning with primary sources and museum collections.
STEM Fields - A Wikipeida backgrounder. STEM fields or STEM education is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used in addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools from kindergarten through college to improve the nation's competitiveness in technology development. Also see U.S. News & World Report listing the top-ranked universities in the U.S. that grant the most STEM degrees.
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) - The mission of the SEVP office is to balance Homeland Security with a desire to permit foreign students and exchange visitors to participate in America's academic and cultural programs. A principal part of SEVP is an Internet-based system, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which collects and records key information on students/exchange visitors in accordance with Section 641 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996. SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit electronic information and event notifications via the Internet to the DHS and the Department of State throughout a student or exchange visitor's stay in the United States. SEVIS allows printing of the appropriate forms and also provides reminders, alerts, and basic reporting capabilities.
Student Privacy - From Electronic Privacy Information Center: Students do not shed all of their rights at the schoolhouse gate, including the right to privacy. Although recent Supreme Court decisions have diminished this right, there are substantial federal and state protections for the privacy of students' educational records.
Students for Quality Education (SQE) - Formed in 2007-2008 by students in the California State University (CSU) system to build the student movement for educational rights in public higher education.
Substance News - Reporting on Chicago education, political, and labor union news that focuses on corruption, crony capitalism, and doing what is best for the poorest students in the Chicago and U.S. public school systems.
Susan Ohanian - Commentaries and news on educators and education.
Sussex Against Privatisation - This blog has been set up by workers at Sussex University who are opposed to the plan to privatize 235 jobs announced in May 2012. Stands in opposition to attempts by university management to unilaterally impose a highly unpopular wave of privatisations which will see provision of services handed over to the highest bidder.
Teacher Solidarity - Education in almost every country in the world is subject to the grip of neo-liberal education 'reform' which is slowly starving out public schooling, promoting privatisation, destroying teacher professionalism and aims only to produce a minimally educated workforce, which can read instructions and advertisements but is discouraged from thinking critically about the world. Teachersolidarity is an independent website which records the resistance to such reform of teachers, their unions, communities and researchers, who are fighting to defend public and democratic education.
Teachers of Conscience - A blog was created by a group of public school teachers in New York City concerned about market-based reforms and the future of public education.
Teaching for Change - Provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world. Encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.
The Report Card - Calling for a greatly increased effort to expand civics teaching at the secondary level so America's children will develop a better understanding and appreciation for the American form of government.
Trends in Higher Education - A report series that provides the latest information on student financial aid, tuition and other expenses associated with attending college and illustrates trends over time.
U.S. Department of Education: Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin is prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; discrimination on the basis of disability is prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. These civil rights laws enforced by OCR extend to all state education agencies, elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, vocational schools, proprietary schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, libraries, and museums that receive U.S. Department of Education funds. Areas covered may include, but are not limited to: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing, and employment.
University World News - Includes news reports, analysis, features, global round-ups on key education issues, plus links to interesting stories from other leading newspapers and journals around the world.
Urban Education - Focused analyses of critical concerns facing inner-city schools. Articles cover topics such as mental health needs of urban students, student motivation and teacher practice, school-to-work programs and community economic development, restructuring in large urban schools and health and social services.
Washington Teacher, The - Candi Peterson blogging on education, teaching, schools, labor issues, social justice, politics and ordinary life.
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