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Latest Headlines from the US Department of Education

NCLB proposal aims to hold schools more accountable for dropouts

At more than 1 in 10 U.S. high schools, 60% or fewer students who start as freshman make it to their senior year, according to an analysis by Johns Hopkins of U.S. Department of Education data. Researchers say there are about 1,700 schools in the U.S. that can be considered "dropout factories," but proposed changes to NCLB would hold high schools more accountable for dropout rates, in part by requiring them to break down graduation rates based on racial, ethnic and other subgroups. From ASCD SmartBrief. (10/30)

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The EdGate Standards Repository&rade; contains 1.8 million of the most recently adopted standards from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and other organizations. The subjects covered include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health and PE, World Languages, English as a Second Language, Early Childhood, Career Technical, Library Media, Technology, and Professional Development.

Educational standards are constantly changing. At EdGate, we diligently track any changes by monitoring agency websites and contact the appropriate people within the Department of Education, updating our standards database continuously. Check here to learn about the latest standards changes and updates to standards that align to your content. The standards are formatted in exactly the hierarchy, style, and labeling that is presented by the agency and is easily understood by any educator in a specific state.

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Current Issues

ISBNs change to 13 digits
Effective January 1, 2007 the length of the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) will officially change from 10 to 13 digits. Over the next few years, the publishing industry will begin using 13-digit ISBNs, while phasing out the use of 10-digit ISBN’s. You can find additional information at the Book Industry Study Group Website. (www.big.org/isbn-13/quick.facts.html)

IDEA Compliance and Accessibility
If your company is generating content that is web-based, accessibility by persons with disabilities is important. You can read the Section 508 Standards in their entirety at the Section 508 Web site. A better way to learn about them might be to read the sections of interest in the online Guide to the Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology.

The Federal Government has also developed several training modules to help different types of users learn how to follow the Section 508 standards. They are located at the Section 508 Web site: http://www.section508.gov. Select the 508 training link at the top of the page and login to take one or several of the trainings offered. Although the materials were written for federal employees, the content applies to our situation as well.

Links of Interest to Publishers

American Educational Research Association
Association of American Publishers
Association of American Publishers Higher Education Publishing
Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing
Book Manufacturers Institute (BMI)
Council of Chief State School Officers
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Association of State Textbook Administrators
National Institute for Literacy
U.S. Department of Education


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