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Philanthropies question a draft plan to require matching funds from applicants for the Education Department’s $650 million "i3" program.
The guidelines for addressing low-performing schools allow states and districts to use a turnaround approach that many educators favor: providing professional development and coaching for a school’s current staff, and making changes to curriculum and instruction.
Officials say they are working to assure the diploma created by a new law is rigorous and holds value for those who choose it.
The evidence, experts say, does not show a link between teachers who majored in math and higher student achievement, especially before high school.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A new report finds that 44 states, up from 21 in 2005, have built systems that can track students’ progress over time.
Two community groups will offer counseling and sports while University of Chicago researchers study whether this approach helps curb violence.
Three districts and a charter school consortium will receive a share of $500 million to improve teacher effectiveness.
Researchers found large gains in math scores for 4th graders and moderate ones for 8th graders, but no similar evidence for reading achievement.
Reflecting his on-the-ground experience, the new director of the Institute of Education Sciences wants studies that are useful to the field.
Researchers will study initiatives funded by the law’s $10 billion in competitive grant programs.
Best of the Blogs
A new study shows gains for 4th graders on state tests used for accountability purposes under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Advocates on both sides are watching to see whether Congress will come down on paying for "abstinence-only" or "comprehensive" programs.
Policy Brief
Obama administration officials concede reporting errors, but tell skeptics in Congress the program is creating and saving many jobs.
Ensuring that all students have access to physical education and sports may be the final frontier for inclusion, advocates say.
Patricia Wasley and Marguerite Roza tell why education schools should not fear a proposal advanced by their university that would decouple advanced degrees and teacher pay.
Thomas R. Hoerr counters five common myths about faculty meetings and tells how they might become production—and popular—gatherings.
"Intemperate irascibility" is hijacking our shared future, Peter Cobb writes, imploring schools to finds ways to help students elevate public discourse.
Letters
John Merrow looks at a promising study of New York City charter schools and wonders how it will influence education’s future.
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