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An emphasis on academics and other structured activities is stripping young children of much-needed time for make-believe, experts warn.
The $6 billion spent on the program has helped students with basic decoding but not with understanding, a major study finds.
Little information exists on whether the $3 billion spent annually has improved the effectiveness of U.S. educators, a report says.
A growing number of education stakeholders are zeroing in on developing “human capital” as the key strategy to improve student learning.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The nation’s largest accreditor of teacher colleges says it will streamline the process teacher preparation programs go through to get its approval.
The Minnesota Leadership Academy for Charter and Alternative Public Schools pairs practicing and aspiring principals and other school administrators with business leaders.
Playing and socializing online develop young people's technical skills and media literacy in ways that rival formal education, a study says.
A new report blames a range of factors for pushing the international goal of universal primary schooling off target.
A congressionally requested study of the federal research-review agency cheers federal officials but leaves critics unsatisfied.
A congressionally mandated report says the Institute of Education Sciences has improved the quality of federally financed education studies.
A prestigious education group aims to steer the Obama administration and new Congress toward evidence-based policy changes.
Disability-group advocates were concerned that a loose standard could mean fewer opportunities for students with disabilities to earn a regular diploma.
Special Education
State Journal
In state after state, ballooning deficits are hitting an education bureaucracy charged with carrying out a growing list of mandates.
Linda Darling-Hammond was a prominent voice on K-12 issues for the candidate.
Democrats for Education Reform backs policies such as charter schools and differential pay for teachers.
Federal File
The National Assessment Governing Board plans detailed studies to determine how “preparedness” could be reflected on the test’s scale.
A Texas border district sees teacher training and data-based instruction as paths to learning gains—and the $1 million Broad award adds validation.
High schools’ college counselors are tired of publications putting profit ahead of the personal experiences of the young people in our care, says Marty Elkins.
Merle S. McClung writes that our nation's Founding Fathers "had a broader civic purpose in mind, and saw the nation’s interest in public education as growing out of a desire to make our constitutional democracy work."
"Learning to read with understanding is the foundation for all learning, but most low-income children in the United States are below grade level in reading by the 4th grade," writes John Merrow.
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