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The project will create courses in math and English for nearly every grade level, some of which will be available online for free.
States and districts are being pressed to stop exceeding limits on the proportion of scores from alternate exams for students with severe disabilities that can be counted as passing in federal accountability ratings.
More tax revenue is needed to stave off damaging cuts, Gov. Brown warns, pushing hard for a ballot measure that gives voters the final say.
Legislation sets mandates for schools to cover topics in civics and science, financial literacy, arts, sex education, and more.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
High school seniors' scores fell, 4th graders' rose, and 8th graders' remained the same.
Like many districts, New Hanover County, N.C., schools used federal economic-stimulus aid to pay for special education teaching assistants. Now that the money has run out, it may be time to let them go.
Allegations have surfaced that the author of Three Cups of Tea may have misused funds meant for Afghan and Pakistani schools.
Growing concern about the academic welfare of students from highly mobile military families is prompting some advocates to call on schools to break out the data on them.
The scrapping of a federal ed-tech program is forcing states and districts to find other ways to fund technology initiatives, especially in professional development.
Disappointing results from a study of the popular AVID study-skills program suggests that context is key when scaling up successful programs.
Best of the Blogs
A growing number of studies offer guidance for educators on strategies for preparing the children of the nation’s growing immigrant population for kindergarten.
Federal privacy rules likely to take effect this summer offer timely, first-time guidance for states and districts finishing up new longitudinal student-data systems this year.
A $700 million pot of money would leverage state-level competitions in an effort modeled on Race to the Top.
Policy Brief
States' progress in making adequate yearly progress under NCLB varies widely, the Center on Education Policy finds.
The federal spending package enacted last month left details sketchy on spending levels for some Education Department programs.
Frederick M. Hess, Greg M. Gunn, and Olivia M. Meeks write that one solution to improving teacher quality is to recast teachers as human beings instead of superheroes.
LouAnne Johnson argues that we need to make it easier for teachers with "the right stuff" to get the training and support that they need.
Defining your school's Internet "relationship" is crucial to preparing for online and blended learning, Lawrence M. Paska asserts.
Letters
It is crucial that state and federal officials take careful steps to make sure that standardized tests are valid, writes Marcia Kastner.
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