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The Obama administration's plan has drawn some early praise, though federal lawmakers have qualms about specific points.
Amid more surveys on teachers' views, the Obama administration wants districts and states to do their own on schools' working conditions.
While most of the attention is on urban high schools with low graduation rates, rural schools also struggle to retain at-risk students.
As Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio rewrite their social studies standards, the expectations around history are stirring controversy.
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In the latest administration of the test, 8th graders gained 1 point, while 4th graders' scores were unchanged from 2007.
New Leaders for New Schools offers a range of online professional-development resources through its Effective Practice Incentive Community.
A new analysis of NAEP scores is one study in a Brookings report that also examines questions on school turnarounds and charter schools.
In reading proficiency, boys lag by at least 10 percentage points in some states, while girls have caught up in math, a study finds.
A new report shows that many middle school students do not end up attending their top-choice high schools.
High school students took and passed more courses as requirements increased, but the change did not boost grades or college-going, a study finds.
School IT workers earn money for their districts doing computer warranty repairs under company-sponsored programs.
The new FCC report recommends changes to the E-rate program and removal of policy barriers to online learning.
Badly needed federal cash requires states to maintain education funding at levels that may be tough to meet.
State superintendents pose tough questions about flexibility and rural education, but generally support the ESEA-renewal blueprint.
Policy Brief
Savings will go to shore up the Pell Grant program, but new early-education money failed to make the cut.
A student had sought to play "Ave Maria" at a high school graduation ceremony.
The focus on teacher and principal effectiveness in the Obama administration’s plan for a new ESEA has drawn fire from teachers' unions.
The competitive grants for subjects such as the arts, foreign languages, and history would augment other programs for STEM and literacy.
Rural students, English-language learners, and students with disabilities are drawing interest as Congress weighs rewriting NCLB.
Lise Eliot and Richard Whitmire, two writers with different perspectives, agree that in learning needs boys and girls are more alike than different.
Education policymakers have much to learn from health care in their push to create and use data systems, Bill Tucker writes.
Forget the politics, writes James R. Delisle, and try to clarify the field's often-muddled goals and definitions with Palin-like assurance.
Criticism of the federal initiative has been heated and widespread, writes Douglas N. Harris, but are the naysayers right?
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