Discipline Debates Turn to Broad Terms Like 'Defiance'

School districts are zeroing in on such vague definitions as they seek to craft discipline policies that are more consistent and equitable, and that avoid overly harsh penalties for minor infractions. (September 30, 2014)

Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia

In a new survey of superintendents from Gallup and Education Week, most school district chiefs say they want states to stay the course on common-core tests. (September 29, 2014)

Advances in Technology Fuel LMS Identity Crisis

(September 29, 2014)

College-Going Rates for High School Graduates Higher Than Anticipated

(September 29, 2014)

Will Common Math Tests Slight Open-Ended Tasks?

(September 26, 2014)

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After Decades of Action, High Court Cools on School Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has gone five years without hearing a single case involving a school district or local school official as the party bringing the case or as the respondent. (September 30, 2014)

Make a Difference: Show Students You Care

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Harnessing Penny Power to Learn What Works

If federal officials would dedicate one penny of every dollar spent on K-12 learning to education research, the payback would be enormous, Robert Balfanz writes. (September 23, 2014)

The Common Core Is Working in My Classroom

Jeff Baxter, the Kansas State Teacher of the Year, writes that the standards have made him a better educator. (September 23, 2014)

A New Start on Accountability

Three prominent policy analysts convened a discussion group that came up with six principles for fixing school accountability. (September 29, 2014)

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Harvard-MIT Partnership Opens MOOCs for High Schoolers

Students looking to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, or simply expand their academic knowledge, now have free access to an array of classes. (September 23, 2014)

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Helping Students Understand Literary Texts Through Performance

High school English teacher Jesse Breite says performance and play can deepen students' experience of a literary work. (September 26, 2014)

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Efficiency Index Report Challenged by Think Tank

An economist questions the inputs, outputs, and conclusions of a report that ranked the U.S. 19th out of 30 countries in educational efficiency. (September 23, 2014)

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