November 16, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Tracy Justesen Nominated as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - Nov 15, 2007
  2. Final Report from the National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force
      Source: National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force - Retrieved November 15, 2007
  3. Doing What Works - New Web Site from the Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 16, 2007

1. Tracy Justesen Nominated as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Source: U.S. Department of Education - Nov 15, 2007

On Nov 15, 2007, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Tracy Justesen to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. To read the full press release go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2007/11/11152007a.html

2. Final Report from the National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force

Source: National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force - Retrieved November 15, 2007

The National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force recently released its final report, Taking Stock: Assessing and Improving Early Childhood Learning and Program Quality by Thomas Schultz. The report provides recommendations for developing a comprehensive assessment system and using state-of-the-art evaluation methods to help states document and improve the performance of early education programs and ultimately, enhance positive outcomes for young children. To access the report go to http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Pre-k_education/task_force_report1.pdf

3. Doing What Works - New Web Site from the Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 16, 2007

Doing What Works (DWW) is a new Web site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices. Much of the DWW content is based on the Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), which evaluates research on practices and interventions to let the education community know what is likely to work. For more information go to http://dww.ed.gov/