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A major federal study concludes that intensive teacher professional development in math did not immediately improve test scores.
States and school districts will be under intense pressure to make dramatic—and rapid—changes at their lowest-performing schools.
Two types of grants will be awarded—one for "comprehensive assessment systems" and one for high school end-of-course tests.
Nearly 2,500 districts, schools, and nonprofits say they plan to vie for innovation grants to target education's most vexing problems.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
A randomized study shows students are as successful learning English through English immersion or bilingual education programs.
Best of the Blogs
A new international study of teachers-in-training places Americans in the middle of the pack in elementary and middle school math.
The Association for Career and Technical Education says policymakers need to focus on career readiness as well as readiness for college.
The teachers' union says its blueprint for renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act offers a fresh approach to the law.
In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind arrangement, four foundations have committed nearly $65 million for performance pay.
Even teachers who aren't tech-savvy are learning to forge virtual links between their students and children in other states and countries.
Research suggests that payments can boost achievement if they reward behavior conducive to learning, rather than test scores themselves.
English-language learners gained in recent years on state tests, the Center on Education Policy says, but big gaps remain.
Policy Brief
The education secretary testifies that Congress should act to help states and districts avoid massive layoffs.
Opinions involving special education and religious expression were among those authored by the retiring Supreme Court justice.
Crist cites flaws in the measure, teacher and parent opposition, along with its rush to passage in the legislature.
Excitement cooled after a high-profile early-education proposal failed to gain traction, but hopes now turn to ESEA reauthorization.
Capitol Recap
Capitol Recap
With dropout rates sky-high and future jobs stressing "soft skills," we don't need everyone to study quadratic equations, say Robert I. Lerman and Arnold Packer.
The president's proposed increases to the fund could help more states and districts create effective performance-pay systems, Bryan C. Hassel and Dan Katzir write.
Robert Rothman envisions a world in which testing is neither excessive nor a waste of time, but a source of knowledge that can improve practice.
What he accomplished at Los Angeles' Garfield High was spectacular, writes Heather Kirn Lanier, but it wasn't as fast or as easy as "Stand and Deliver" makes it seem.
Paul E. Peterson advises educators to find the material students are ready to learn—and the teaching format most likely to reach them.
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