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Meet the Finalists for NASSP/Virco National AP of the Year
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The role of the assistant principal has changed dramatically in the past decade; today's assistant principals are involved in all aspects of education, including curriculum development, research, personalization and school-community relationships. The finalists for the 2011 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year – Kirsten A. Clemons, Blue Springs (MO) South High School; Daniel E. Richards, Belmont (MA) High School; and Michael R. Shepherd, Springdale (AR) Har-Ber High School – stand out in their ability to excel in this ever-demanding role. The winner will be announced during the 2011 NASSP Conference. More

Sally N. Clark to Receive Gruhn-Long-Melton Award
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NASSP will honor Sally N. Clark for her longstanding service in the field of middle level education with the prestigious NASSP Gruhn-Long-Melton Award. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in middle level and high school education at the University of Arizona, she has authored four books and more than 100 articles and reports on middle level education, school leadership and women in middle level administration. Clark, professor emerita of the Department of Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of Arizona-Tucson, will receive the award during a ceremony at the 2011 NASSP Conference in San Francisco on Feb. 25. More

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Bring Your Team to the NASSP Conference
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Bring your leadership team to the 2011 NASSP Conference in San Francisco, Feb. 24-27, and save! Learn from renowned speakers, such as Linda Darling-Hammond, Diane Ravitch and Bill Daggett — and work with facilitators to develop a specific work plan to take back to your school or district. Discounts are available for teams and advance registration. Visit to learn about this year's new features, including Reflective Planning sessions, a conference planner and opportunities for graduate credit. Also, register by Feb. 11 to take advantage of the extended advance registration discounts. More

Perpetuating the Drift
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High schools in the United States must effectively deal with two simultaneous challenges. In addition to preparing a portion of their population to have the tools required to succeed immediately in the workforce after graduation, they must also equip the remainder of the student body to thrive on a college campus. The latter responsibility is critical if this country is to be competitive in the global economy. Currently, only 30 percent of Americans possess a college degree — a number that must improve. But there are some troubling reports emerging concerning the quality of education at many universities. More

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Join the School Leadership Network on edWeb
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NASSP has teamed with to establish the School Leadership Network, a series of online communities for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. Join today and network with your colleagues from across the country. More

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GOP Governors Take Aim at Teacher Tenure
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Seizing on a national anxiety over poor student performance, many governors are taking aim at a bedrock tradition of public schools: teacher tenure. The momentum began more than a year ago with President Obama's call to measure and reward effective teaching, a challenge he repeated in his State of the Union address. Now several Republican governors have concluded that removing ineffective teachers requires undoing the century-old protections of tenure. More

Wanted: Ways to Assess the Majority of Teachers
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The debate about "value-added" measures of teaching may be the most divisive topic in teacher-quality policy today. It has generated sharp-tongued exchanges in public forums, in news stories, and on editorial pages. And it has produced enough policy briefs to fell whole forests. But for most of the nation's teachers, who do not teach subjects or grades in which value-added data are available, that debate is also largely irrelevant. More

Social Networking: Keeping It Clean
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The staff and teachers at Blaine High School in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin District 11 had been considering the pros and cons of establishing a school Facebook page when the district's administrators got wind that someone else had beaten them to it. And no one was certain exactly what should be done about it. At first, nothing especially controversial was appearing on the bogus Blaine page. But then someone posted a student death notice. More

Rural High School Grads Earn Fewer Math Credits, Study Finds
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A new study suggests that rural students face an academic disadvantage when it comes to mathematics. Graduates of rural high schools typically earn fewer math credits than their peers at nonrural campuses, according to the study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Research in Rural Education. In addition, the data examined suggest that rural graduates tend to begin high school at a slightly lower level of math and appear to have substantially less access to AP math courses. More


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New AP Biology Is Ready to Roll Out, but U.S. History Isn't
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While the College Board plans to unveil a sweeping revision to Advanced Placement biology courses, it is delaying similar changes in United States history by a year to address concerns from high school teachers. The changes in both subjects are part of a broad revamping of AP courses and exams to reduce memorization and to foster analytic thinking. More

ESEA Renewal May See New Momentum
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Education leaders in Congress are signaling that they're prepared to collaborate with the White House on a long-stalled reauthorization of the main federal law for K-12 education, after President Obama sought to move education back to the top of the national agenda in his State of the Union address last week. More

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Texas Superintendents Seek to Save Schools Budgets
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Dozens of school superintendents gathered in Austin to decry proposed budget cuts that they say would devastate the quality of education Texas children receive. Education would take a massive hit in early drafts of the next two-year state budget, as the state faces a revenue shortfall of at least $15 billion. Adhering to promises of no tax increases and no money from the Rainy Day Fund, the revenue was mainly made up with about $14 billion in cuts to state programs. More

State of the Union Mystery: What Do Obama's Race to the Top Plans Mean?
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Education held a prominent place in President Obama's State of the Union address, as he called for a re-commitment to "investing in better research and education" to meet "our generation's Sputnik moment." Obama's words deliberately echoed his administration's Race to the Top program, even as he sounded some familiar themes, including the responsibility of parents and communities, the need for higher expectations in schools, and the importance of excellent teachers. More

Local High Schools Solve Readiness Problem

High schools across the country are identifying the foundation concepts their struggling freshmen are missing with Skills Pointer, a unique computer-adaptive readiness exam. This Internet program spirals down the curriculum and locates the concepts students missed at the elementary level. Tutorials, learning plans, and multiple reporting options give secondary schools the upper hand.

Test Scores at D.C. Area Schools Reflect Disconnect in NCLB
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North Chevy Chase (MD) Elementary School, with a demanding curriculum, strong faculty and high student test scores, meets nobody's definition of a failure. Nobody's, that is, except the federal government's. Last year, the Montgomery County school failed to make what the government calls "adequate yearly progress," even though 91 percent of its students passed the state math test and 96 percent passed in reading. The school fell short for the first time because a handful of students with disabilities missed the target in math. More

Chicago Passes Free Breakfast Program for All Students
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Chicago's school board adopted a sweeping new program to offer free breakfasts in the classrooms of Chicago Public Schools' 410,000 students, expanding a federally funded initiative aimed at giving kids from low-income families a healthier start to their day. More

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White House Launches 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge
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The White House has opened applications to the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Students from public high schools across the country are invited to demonstrate how their school prepares them for college and a career by going to and submitting an application. The winning school will host President Obama as their 2011 commencement speaker. Applications must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 25. More

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