Key to Vocabulary Gap Is Quality of Conversation

A seminal study on the early word gap between the children of college graduates and high school dropouts has led to more nuanced findings about language development. (April 24, 2015)

Ohio District Creates a Lab for Blended Learning

In Mentor, Ohio, teachers test out and refine blended learning best practices in the “Catalyst,” a laboratory for educators to observe each other at work. (April 23, 2015)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Acquire Scholastic Ed-Tech Businesses for $575M

(April 24, 2015)

Charter Operators Pull Back From Memphis Turnaround Effort

(April 23, 2015)

Traction Limited in Rolling Back Common Core

(April 22, 2015)

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  • Two same-sex couples from Kentucky are among those challenging state marriage laws before the U.S. Supreme Court. Paul Campion, left rear, and Randy Johnson, with children, from left, Tevin Johnson-Campion, DeSean Johnson-Campion, Mackenzie Johnson-Campion, and Tyler Johnson-Campion.

School Issues at Stake in Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage

Gay couples are making their case to the U.S. Supreme Court over states' refusal to license or recognize such unions, a conflict with an array of implications for schools. (April 23, 2015)

A High School Diploma Doesn't Guarantee College Success

(April 24, 2015)

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Opinion

School Choice Works, Privatization Won't

School vouchers divert millions from public education and do not produce results for students, writes Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. (April 22, 2015)

A National Strategy for the Teaching Profession

Several professional challenges work against teachers, including the lack of autonomy and the absence of downtime, writes Jack Schneider. (April 20, 2015)

What Does It Mean to Have 'More School Choice'? Part II

Having choices within a school is as important as being able to choose among them, writes Douglas Harris. (April 21, 2015)

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Does Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Test Miss Its Goal?

Two years ago, Ohio passed legislation to put up a barrier to fourth grade for those who failed the state's reading test. Has that reading guarantee made a difference? Video by Learning Matters.

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Digital Directions

New Research Reveals Teens' Near-Constant Use of Online Sites, Tools

Nearly a quarter of teens are online "almost constantly" and 73 percent of teens own smartphones, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. (April 21, 2015)

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Teacher

Fewer High School Students Show Interest in Teaching, Study Says

A new study from ACT Inc. shows that fewer students are interested in the teaching profession than just a few years ago. (April 21, 2015)

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Industry & Innovation

American Institutes for Research Apologizes for Latest Testing Woes in Fla.

Students in several counties on Monday ran into problems trying to log in to the state's online testing system, leading to testing delays. (April 20, 2015)

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