March 17, 2010

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The policy on testing of students with disabilities and English-language learners is drawing fire from U.S. education statistics officials.
The draft tries to describe the grade-by-grade skills and knowledge students need in English and math to thrive after high school.
New research probes a broad range of questions about Advanced Placement courses and tests, as expectations for them continue to climb.
Spurred by fiscal pressures and federal reform priorities, district and state education leaders move swiftly and forcefully to make big changes.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Correction
Report Roundup
Seven years after the U.S. went to war in Iraq, schools are welcoming thousands of refugees with big gaps in their formal education.
A new report urges federal officials to better coordinate efforts to address health disparities harming disadvantaged children.
Best of the Blogs
Bills supporting online schools were approved by wide margins in the legislature.
Once banned in their classrooms, some school leaders now say social- networking sites can be effective educational tools.
The school system has agreed to pay $850,000 as part of a civil settlement.
The Education Department is still requiring a private-sector match and tough evidence for the $650 million in competitive stimulus grants.
But a previous head of the Education Department's civil rights office disputes that the Bush administration's record was lackluster.
Policy Brief
Merit pay, class size, testing, and other issues were on lawmakers’ minds at the first Senate hearing on reauthorizing the federal law.
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia prepare for next week’s high-stakes pitch for $4 billion in stimulus grants.
The plan aims to address complaints that the law’s current version—NCLB—is inflexible and sets the bar too low on academic achievement.
In a case being watched by some in education, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to step into a debate over whether extensive background checks for federal contractors violate an individual's "informational privacy."
Maybe seeing both sides of contentious reform ideas can teach educators that implementation is all, writes Brad C. Phillips.
Francis K. Schrag looks at the institutions beyond school that help develop scientific and artistic gifts, but he warns that students must have the time to participate.
David Holahan recounts his brief meeting with James D. Watson, a co-discoverer of DNA, and gives a fleeting glance of the often-quirky nature of scientific creativity.
Letters
At a time when other nations are teaching their children multiple foreign languages, writes Rosemary Salomone, America remains English-dependent.
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