Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Resident urges readers to encourage their children to get involved musically. She said No Child Left Behind is having a deleterious effect on music programs.
Wednesday, March 13
Longfellow called it “The universal language of mankind,” and Confucius believed it to be “A kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” It exists in every world culture, and scientists believe it may predate human speech. During March, schools across the country are celebrating it by taking part in Music in our Schools Month. Our brains are wired to respond to sound, and to have a powerful emotional connection to music, so it’s only natural that it should be part of our school curriculum. Young children respond instinctively to its elements — chanting, singing, and dancing are part of the natural rhythm and play of early childhood. Aside from the innate joy that singing and dancing brings, songs and rhymes also are ideal …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Middle school was included on preliminary list of institutions in November.
Anthony Wayne Middle School was not included on the state Department of Education’s (DOE) final list of underperforming schools released this month. The school was included on a preliminary list of Focus schools compiled by the state in November as part of the state’s waver application for the federal No Child Left Behind act (NCLB). The list also contained schools classified as Priority and Rewards schools. New Jersey was one of the first states in the country to receive a waver from certain provisions of NCLB. The state developed the three new classification categories upon the waver taking effect. The categories are based on a three-year average of academic growth and proficiency on standardized tests. “We’re delighted that the state …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
On Thursday, President Obama announced that 10 states, including New Jersey, would be granted waivers for the No Child Left Behind Act, which mandates rigorous standardized testing for public school students.
Gov. Chris Christie praised the federal government's decision on Thursday to a federal waiver that would release New Jersey from the rules of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act On Thursday, it was announced that 10 states, including New Jersey, would be granted waivers by the federal government that would allow them to bypass the rules and regulations of NCLB and give them greater freedom in developing systems of student accountability. The waiver comes with an approval of the state's required annual NCLB application, in which state officials advocated for the existing standardized testing benchmarks to be abolished. A new form of measuring student progress is to begin in September of this year. As part of New Jersey's successful waiver …