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Student test scores were no better for schools following the national Teacher Advancement Program in Chicago, a study finds.
A field of 35 states, plus the District of Columbia, have proposed what they assert are their boldest plans yet in hopes of capturing part of the remaining $3.4 billion in the second, and maybe last, round of the federal education sweepstakes.
Groups are working to communicate the importance of the standards, dispel inaccuracies, and highlight essential political messages.
Some critics want the controversial social studies standards revisited, as well as to rein in the state school board’s authority.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
An overshadowed provision of the health-care overhaul, which takes effect July 1, will improve access to loans and Pell Grants.
Even after six years, many students fail to achieve proficiency in English, a study finds.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. pledges $325 million so that charter schools can finance expansions and renovations in a tight credit market.
The two national groups leading the effort plan to leave it up to states to craft their own English-proficiency standards.
A foundation planning a literacy initiative says 85 percent of poor 4th graders in the lowest-income schools fail federal reading tests.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has a message for would-be college athletes hoping to use online courses to bolster their high school transcripts: Proceed with caution.
The Fort Madison school district, which already has cameras inside its buses to watch the students, is now putting cameras on the outside to catch drivers who illegally pass in this Iowa community.
Best of the Blogs
The document outlines what experts decided are the knowledge and skills students should have in mathematics and English/language arts.
At issue is whether tax credits for donations to groups that provide private school scholarships unconstitutionally advance religion.
Political resistance puts passage of the $23 billion measure in jeopardy, even as supporters vow to press ahead with new strategies.
A majority of states are considering cuts for K-12 schools and higher education.
Policy Brief
Guidelines by teachers', administrators', and school boards' groups follow the announcement of new federal funding for performance pay.
The current system fails to provide resources needed to deliver what’s required, say school districts, parents, and education advocates.
Former Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy writes that it’s not a question of public or private, but of real, experiential value.
In a hypothetical look at the decline of education schools, Willis Hawley analyzes what went wrong—and how some overcame it.
The new common-core standards are "wildly unrealistic," writes Thomas Newkirk, and will set up students and teachers for failure.
Letters
Even if a perfect test of teacher effectiveness were devised, writes James W. Stigler, it would not "get us where we need to go."
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